Kaldi Coffee and Tea (4 reviews)
a very busy,very trendy place to go to. It has a specific crowd that while it might not be for everyone I thought it was a cool hangout crowd and liked the younger vibe. The staff dont really suggest things like other shops I go to but i thought they were fine and the tea was good.
It's a coffee house, much favored by the younger set. As someone who is not that young, I'm not too choked up about the atmosphere, and when I want a pot of tea, I want TEA -- not some fruity concoction.
If you like coffee drinks, it's okay. There are better places, true, but for South Pasadena, I guess it's the only game in town, other than Buster's, whose door I shall not darken.
Though quite popular I have had one bad experience here after another. Service bordered from curt to rude with the barrista spending five minutes arguing with her boyfriend on the phone instead of serving the counter. This is a coffee bar only, seating is outside on the sidewalk or at a few tables in the lobby area. You get your own sugar and stir stick. They have a couple of teas, but mostly custom coffees.
The family has opened another Kaldi in Glendale in the same format, but the service was much faster.