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Umi Wagoner’s Tacoma: Croissant CrescendosAeroplane Icon
Umi Wagoner
March 21, 2023
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Corina Bakery

When it comes to pastries in the morning there aren’t very many independents you can go to that will provide both variety and quality. What usually happens is they have the quality but they sell out of everything before they even make it to the midday rush. As a small business owner it’s a good problem to have but as a consumer it can be devastating. There may be no worse feeling than thinking all day about the taste of a delicious treat and when you arrive it’s no longer there, it’s enough to make you skip your morning meetings to ensure to get that bite or slice of happiness to push you through a tough or busy day. If you can’t tell yet, I have been a victim of this. The other side of the coin is the cafe that only does one thing right, so every time it's the same thing and variety goes out the window. Corina’s really does both exceptionally well, what isn’t baked in house is sourced with intention and care and I usually learn about a company that I would want to be in the know about anyway. 

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The Corina coffee menu is fairly standard but it doesn’t miss any marks either. They have the cappuccino through macchiato spectrum covered, even down to the popular alternatives hot cider, cocoa and several different tea options. They have what you’re looking for. And if you ask nicely they can make it however you prefer, they will remove or add things from the recipe and they have milk alternatives galore. A highlight to their business model is how well they support the vegan community, there are several options not limited to the pre-prepared breakfast options that support common dietary restrictions including the drinks and pastries as well. They have a vegan chocolate chip cookie that is as recommended as their standard latte which may be the best around according to online photos, comments and reviews. The mocha and croissant is where I started on my journey down the Corina menu. They have consistently perfect croissants, lavender cream and vegan red velvet cupcakes, coffee cake, macaroons; the pastries are never dry, they are soft and moist through the last bite. On top of the cafe Corina’s Bakery services are exceptional; they offer ‘Build Your Own’ commissoned cakes for anniversaries, weddings, birthdays and other special occasions, the same goes for cupcakes, classic or gluten free, vegan pies and cheesecakes. They cover all the bases.

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The decor is simple, clean and divided into two parts. The entrance closest to the corner of 6th takes you right to the counter and display cases. The secondary entrance takes you straight into the extended seating area. Mahogany wooden chairs fill the space with tables and bench sitting that wraps half the room. Corina’s has big windows (that unfortunately have been violated more than a handful of times during just the pandemic alone) with sleek Corina’s Bakery branding allows beautiful natural lighting even on the most overcast days.

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602 Fawcett Ave

Tacoma, WA 98402


Monday         7:30 AM–4 PM

Tuesday         7:30 AM–4 PM

Wednesday   7:30 AM–4 PM

Thursday    7:30 AM–4 PM

Friday       7:30 AM–4 PM

Saturday    8 AM–4 PM

Sunday         9 AM–3 PM


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