Testing the Hype: Alfred Tea Room

Famous for its taglines (“But first, coffee” or “Tea, yes. You, maybe.”) and cute, pink aesthetic, Alfred Coffee and Tea have been the it-places for drinks and pastries.  In this post, I’ll give you my personal opinion of whether Alfred Tea Room is worth the hype.

Location:

705 N. Alfred St., Los Angeles, CA 90069 (Beverly Grove), nestled on the small and swanky street known as Melrose Place.  Melrose Place has a lot of high-end clothing stores with gorgeous facades.

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Don’t mix up Alfred Tea Room and Alfred Coffee.  They do not offer boba milk tea as the coffee locations.

Atmosphere:

The aesthetic of Alfred is its selling point.  People love a cutesy catchphrase in neon lights, pink tiles, and cheesy puns, and Alfred knows it.

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Drinks:

I’m going to go straight to the point in saying that Alfred boba was one of the WORST boba I’ve ever have.  I ordered the Peppermint Honey Boba Milk Tea, which, according to the employee, was a seasonal drink that was brought back due to its popularity.

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Peppermint Honey Milk Tea with Boba

She described it as being refreshing and delicious, but I thought it tasted like toothpastey milk.  You might be thinking I’m being harsh, but I really didn’t like the tea.  Also, the boba itself was hard, in texture and to chew.

Final Thoughts:

If you’re looking for a cute tea spot, then Alfred Tea Room might be the place for you.

But I would say you should ditch Alfred and come to the 626, where you can get really delicious boba!  Alfred was a disappointment, and it was not worth the hype.

Happy eats,

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