2700 Alton Pkwy
Irvine, CA 92606
I know many of you have heard of this place. 85 Degree C Bakery originates from the popular Taiwanese coffee shop chain, which is most well-known for its sea salt iced coffee. The name itself represents the perfect drinking temperature to enjoy coffee. The Irvine location is the first US outpost. There are also locations in China and Australia. The second US location just opened in Rowland Heights this past weekend. The locations in Taiwan mostly concentrate on the coffee and teas, although cakes and pastries are sold as well. The US locations, however, focus a lot on the bread-baking side. Bread is baked fresh out of the oven every 30 minutes or less. Ever since the Irvine location opened almost 3 years ago, there has been a constant line outside the store, just for the bread, ALL DAY EVERYDAY. Average wait to get in the store is about 30 minutes, which is why I’m surprised it took them this long to open a second location in SoCal.
The line has only grown longer, especially with the NPR article (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127474607). Ever since the NPR article, I do see a lot of non-Asians at 85 Degrees. I’m glad Taiwanese bakeries are taking over! 😛 The store is organized into 2 sections: bread/bakery and drinks/cakes. The line is for the bread. Get in line to select your breads. Then get in the cashier line to pay. For those of you who only want to order drinks or cakes, there is a separate line inside the store, which is usually WAY shorter than the bread line. Sea salt iced coffee is highly recommended — the sea salt is not in the coffee, it’s actually on the foam.
A lot of people willingly drive all the way from LA to Irvine just for the bread. Therefore, you’ll see people with BAGS full of bread, so don’t be shocked. I only stop by if I’m in the area. Every time I’ve been, the selections have been different. All of the breads I’ve tried are good, but I especially recommend the blueberry cream-cheese and the mochi egg tarts. So if you see something you’d like to try, just try it — you might not see it at your next visit.
The storefront. Relatively short line (about 10 minutes) since it was around lunch time and the Rowland location just opened on the same day.
The bread selection
The dessert section.
My selections for the day, from top left: mini apple pie $1.80, mochi egg tart (my fav!) $1.50 each, blueberry cream-cheese $1, almond croissant $1.50 and walnut raisin multigrain $2.75