Enthusiast, lover, junkie….call me what you will but please do not call me a coffee snob. When I hear that phrase I always cringe as if someone had run their fingernails down a chalk board. The stereotype of a stuck up, too good for anything that hasn’t been pooped out of a civet just doesn’t apply to me or many other coffee lovers. I do love coffee, passionately. I do drink special (not Folgers or McDonalds) coffee from places lots of people have never heard of. I do eagerly talk about my love for coffee to others and encourage them to try it as well. So, if you want to compare me to someone then make it the cosplayers who spend hours making costumes, or the Trekkors who learn how to speak a language from a fictional universe. The extent of my passion is no different from theirs. Continue reading
Coffee shops have long been favorite meeting places for everyone from revolutionaries, and politicians, to friends and family. In recent years, with the addition of free wi-fi, coffee shops have become a place to be secluded with your device. Paper Co. Coffee is one shop that is trying to change that by encouraging their customers to share their stories. “Everybody has a story. We want everybody to hang out and talk and share their story about their lives,” Dave Foong Paper Co.’s coffee shop manager tells me. After sitting down with Dave and their coffee supplier Josely, head roaster for Mueva Coffee, I discovered that there are indeed many stories to tell here. Continue reading
PBS NewsHour recently broadcasted this piece about Houston importing more beans than any other location outside of New York and what that means for local coffee roasters and boutiques. It’s a great little piece that just touches the tip of the ice berg of what’s going on in Houston.
I stopped by the Mercantile’s new Montrose location this morning while they are having their soft opening this week and sampled a shot of their Espresso. It was well prepared by David and accompanied by a nice chat about what the new location will have that the Rice Village location doesn’t (parking and indoor seating.) The shot I had was from Houston’s Amaya Roasting Company but they plan on having beans available from other National roasters as well like Portland’s Stumptown and Chicago’s Intelligentsia. Mercantile Montrose is located at 3321 Stanford, just off of Montrose Dr. The place looks great and I’m looking forward to their grand opening!
I am a coffee bean junkie. As soon as the last drop of my current cup hits my taste buds I am already pondering where my next cup will come from. At night as I lay down to go to sleep my last thoughts are plans for my next cup in the morning. Without a doubt I am hooked. I even appreciate the bad cups of coffee that I have to endure sometimes because they make me enjoy the good cups of coffee even more.
Since I love coffee so much it is a good thing that I live in Houston. Recently there have been many new coffee shops and cafes opening around town that really understand coffee. They don’t just get some beans and brew them. They craft them. A good cup of coffee is an art and not just a set of instructions followed. Following instructions will get you a good cup, but crafting a cup will get you amazing results. I am very happy that Houston’s “coffee scene” is exploding right now and I am excited to see what the future has for coffee and our city.
This blog is my look into Houston’s coffee shops, crafters, roasters, and drinkers. I hope that you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy producing it!