In Search of Good Coffee…Texas

Every place we go we have to try and find good coffee. We have set ourselves a mission, sometimes it seems unattainable but every day we get a step closer to finding good coffee away from home.

We recently went to Houston, Texas and it is now one of my favourite places. Texas has always held some weird place in my soul. I actually feel so at home there. I visited Lubbock, TX a few years ago and although not the best place in Texas, I enjoyed it. This time we landed in Houston and just loved every minute of our time there. The place is so huge that it seems to never end. It is super green and the beautiful. Plus, the people are lovely and welcoming like our AirBnB host and now friend, Diana. Upon arriving we decided we needed some good caffeine as South America didn’t deliver, well it did some of the time.

After a decent sleep and a I am Cait marathon we headed out the next day to find some coffee. We did a bit of Googling to see what was recommended. In the end we found three places in the area to try out. We will cover all the places we visited in Houston and Austin, even the bad ones because one place was so bad that I literally do not know how anyone even buys anything at this place.

Paper Co. Coffee

Location: 1100 Elder St, Houston, TX 77007

I am so glad we found this place. It is a little hard to find as you cannot really see the establishment from the road and there is a little blue door around the back that you have to go through. The decor is amazing, so rustic and inviting. The staff were polite and one member of staff wore a awesome Hawaiian type shirt that was pretty funky. They do Cortardos that are like Piccolos and they have soya milk, and a decent one at that. Here we ordered two double shot Cortardos. The coffee hit the spot, it is tasty, not bitter and smooth to drink. This would be somewhere were I would visit regularly.

Score: 4.5/5

Black Hole Coffee House

Location: 4504 Graustark St, Houston, TX 77006

This was listed on the top coffee places to try in Houston, I think it is definitely on my list of places not to visit in the future. The coffee tastes like instant coffee and is way to bitter. The art on the coffee was cute and the establishment is cosy but I wouldn’t buy coffee from here ever again.

Score: 1/5

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Antidote

Location: 729 Studewood St, Houston, TX 77007

This place was also on the list of top coffee in Houston, it has potential but they made the Cortado as a Latte in a mug. The coffee was okay, but it was so milky that the flavours were lost. They have soya milk though. Would try again but next time specify what I actually want.

Score: 2/5

Cenote
Location: 1010 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
We found this place online and it had good reviews for the coffee and food. We decided to try it out. The food is great, although they won’t alter the menu for you. The coffee is definitely the WORST coffee I have ever had in my entire existence and Dave agrees. We originally ordered two Cortados, one on normal milk and one on soya. They came out and both tasted like sour milk. We thought the milk may have been off so before we complained we ordered an Espresso and it also tasted sour. I called the waitress over to ask if there is something wrong with the coffee, she had no idea. She asked us what was wrong with it and then preceded to ask if we had tried their coffee before. Umm, I don’t think it matters if we had been here before as coffee is not supposed to be SOUR! Anyway, she offered to replace them but we had already tried three coffees and they all tasted sour, so thank you but no thank you. DO NOT EVER HAVE COFFEE HERE! The worst thing is that everyone is sitting in the cafe drinking the sour coffee like it is actually okay to taste like that. YUK!
Score: -100/5
Cuvee Coffee
Location: 2000 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
We went to this place after the above place as I didn’t want to think Austin has terrible coffee. This is a cute little bar and we absolutely adored the set up. The barrista was lovely and they have milk/cold brew on tap. They don’t have soya milk (sad face). We got two Espressos. It had a hint of bitterness but wasn’t sour (YAY). If they had soya milk so I could have had a Cortado my life would have been complete. Definitely worth a visit.
Score: 3.5/5
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