By Megan G. Razzetti
Located on the edge of Old Town Pasadena, The Home Brewed Bar offers a refreshing approach to a couple of timeless classics, coffee and tea.
The beans and leaves are brewed for twenty hours resulting in a creamy, less acidic taste . The unique brewing process itself creates quality drinks providing an ultimate display of craftsmanship.
Upon entering the small hole in the wall space located on Arroyo Parkway, customers are greeted by friendly staff that usually consists of no more than two people at a time.
Despite having a short staff, drinks are served promptly and made to perfection.
The barista in charge of preparing the drinks hands customers the finished product and even tells them to taste the drink to make sure the sweetness or non sweetness is to the customer’s liking.
The transaction ends with a “welcome home,” a signature touch to customer service.
The menu has a wide variety of options to chose from.
Home brews are the house specialty which include milk teas and house iced cold brew. Prices range from $3.50 to $5 depending on the size and if any add ins are included.
Also on the menu are world brews which include chai iced milk tea, taro milk tea and Vietnamese coffee, ranging from $3.50-$5.
One thing that makes Home Brewed more interesting is the option to customize a drink to the customer’s liking.
Each visit will have customers trying different variations of coffee and teas.
Some add-in options include mini boba, aloe Vera and red bean. Also available are different flavorings such as honey dew, salted caramel and coconut.
Unlike chain cafes such as Starbucks, Home Brewed offers a list of milk alternatives for those who cannot consume dairy or have allergies to nuts. Such substitutes include hemp milk, almond and house milk.
House milk is a non-dairy milk creation which has a light sweet taste of brown sugar.
Home Brewed also has a small variety of fresh baked goods from Homeboy Bakery located in downtown Los Angeles.
The chocolate chip cookie for $2.50 is the size of a small child’s face and incredibly delicious alongside a coffee.
The only downside is there is no restroom for customers. They either go to King Taco located next door or elsewhere.
It is rather difficult to find parking. However, it is a few steps away from the Memorial Park gold line station, which is convenient for those who take public transportation.
The concept of the bar incorporates the grassroots culture of collaborative brewing and shares the diverse styles of tea and coffee from other parts of the world.
The Home Brewed Bar is located at 39 North Arroyo Parkway and open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.