Los Angeles Times    JENN HARRIScontact the reporter


The folks at 85°C Bakery Cafe on Friday opened a location at the corner of Fair Oaks Avenue and Green Street in Old Town Pasadena. The Taiwanese bakery, known of its coffee drinks, breads and pastries, has 14 locations in California and more than 700 worldwide. 


On Sunday, the Pasadena store was full of customers who crowded around the back of the store, eagerly filling up trays with baked breads and golden brown dan tat egg custards.  

"Fresh bread!" "Fresh bread!" 


Bakery employees carrying trays full of hot garlic 

cheese bread, pork sung buns, red bean bread and more announced the arrival of fresh bread as it came out of the kitchen. Customers strained their necks and crowded around the door, trying to get a glimpse of what was coming out next. 


In addition to the brick toasts, the rolls and buns, a large glass case in front displayed mango creme brulee cakes covered in glossy pieces of mango, strawberry tiramisu cakes topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, and more. Sponge roll cakes, custard cakes and half-moon sponge cakes covered in cream, coconut shavings and jam tempted customers on a tray by the cash registers. 


Toward the front of the store, behind a coffee counter, baristas made the chain's specialty coffee and tea drinks, including the sea salt coffee, made with an iced Americano and sea salt whipped cream, and classic boba milk teas. 


"We always had a strong ambition to open an 85°C Bakery Cafe in Pasadena, an incredibly historical and cultured city," 85°C  public relations manager Stephanie Peng said in a news release.


The first 85°C was opened in Taipei, Taiwan, in 2004. The company now has stores in Taiwan, China, Australia, Hong Kong and the U.S. 

85°C is open Monday to Thursday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.