Righteous Bros Coffee Roasters: Coffee & Community

IMG_0965right·eousadjective 1. morally right or justifiable; virtuous. 2. very good; excellent.

For most words in the dictionary you can find more than one meaning to define a term, and as you can see above the same goes for ‘righteous.’  In the case of the new Tomball, Texas coffee roasters Righteous Brothers I found that both meanings apply to them as well. “People come in and ask, ‘what makes you righteous; do you sing?’ Well yeah, but you probably don’t want to hear it,” Jacob Loyd, Operations Manager, tells me chuckling. When I ask him what their name really means he doesn’t hesitate in telling me. ”Righteous? After our faith. Faith is a big part of what we do. Our faith in Christ, and the salvation that we have in Him” It appears that their faith has blessed them with growth, great opportunities and new friendships. Continue reading

Review: Fusion Beans – Ethiopian Yirgacheffe

DSC_1280_SnapseedOne of the best coffees that I have come across this past month is Fusion Bean’s Ethiopian Yirgacheffe from the Idido Misty Valley. Of course Ethiopian beans are from the birthplace of coffee and considered to be some of the best in the world, but this particular lot is my favorite. I have had it before at Southside Espresso as a shot and loved the strong taste of fresh blueberries cut with lemon zest and a clean aftertaste. The last time that I was there, though, I asked them to make it for me as a pour over. After tasting it, I immediately bought a bag for home. Continue reading

Maturing Houston’s Coffee Scene

There is a really good article in the New York Times on-line edition that discusses the growth of New York’s coffee scene. It has gone from a few “hard core coffee shops, the ones that felt like underground clubs” to, in the past year, one coffee shop opening almost every three days. The article goes on to say that the scene is not only expanding but it is maturing as well. More New Yorkers know about and are looking for good coffee: e.g. freshly roasted, single origin, and individually crafted drinks. Could this ever happen in Houston? Yes it will, and I can not wait to see it! Continue reading

Paper Co. Coffee

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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 News Hour – Houston Coffee

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.

 

Fort Bend Coffee Roasters

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Sometimes you discover new things without even looking for them and that is exactly how I came across Fort Bend Coffee Roasters. A chance stop by the Farmer’s Market at Imperial in Stafford lead me to a pour-over station and bags of freshly roasted coffee. The man crafting each cup of coffee for his customers as well as the head roaster is Bryan Hibbard. Though he and his wife recently had a new baby, Bryan was able to escape for bit to sit down with me over a cup of coffee to chat about his coffee beans.  Continue reading

Coffee Price Apocaplypse

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In the past week or so I’ve come across a number of articles in the news about coffee prices rising. “Pay UP or Perk Up”, and “Gulp! New coffee prices due to big dry will be hard to swallow” are just a couple of the “creative” shocking headlines I’ve run across. The stories remind me of Houston’s recent “Snowcaplypse” news reports. (I can’t believe we survived it!) Continue reading