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APR 18, 2019

Some may say Houston runs on oil, but we beg to differ. From the bustling Med Center to the Energy Corridor, we’ve seen first hand that H-town really runs on beans (coffee beans, that is).

Sure, there are plenty of Starbucks drive-throughs across Bayou City, but what really gets us amped are the local spots you can’t find anywhere else. So whether you’re craving an iced coffee (because summer in Houston) or a piping hot flat white, we’ve got enough local coffee shops to keep you buzzed.

Working from home (or this coffee shop on Houston Ave.) is no prob at Cafeza. With strong coffee and charging outlets at every table, both you and your laptop will have enough juice to keep going like the Energizer bunny. And, with an option to get refillable coffee for a minimal fee, we really might just stay all day.

This spot in The Heights and on Main St. doesn’t just serve coffee, they roast it, too. Featuring small batches with plenty of “boom”, you can also bring a bag of Boomtown coffee home with you. We love the cozy atmosphere of the cafe, but what keeps us coming back are the decadent house lattes with homemade syrups — Milk & Honey, The Spectre, and Mayan Mocha are just a few of our faves.

Tucked behind some of Montrose’s most renowned culinary institutions, you’ll find Southside Espresso. This understated coffee bar offers an intimate setting that perfectly compliments its strong coffee and rotating menu of seasonal dishes. Stick around for happy hour, or pop in for a post-dinner espresso after date night at Uchi.

Great food and local coffee (featuring Amaya and Boomtown beans) isn’t the only thing we love about Siphon. It’s the unique Siphon method that makes this Montrose spot a must-visit. What’s the Siphon method? Think Breaking Bad, but with coffee. Using halogen burners and scientific-looking beakers, your coffee is brewed to order. And while it may take a little longer than your typical caffeinated drink, it’s delicious and worth the wait!

This diamond in the rough is in a strip mall near Memorial Park along the I-10 corridor. And just like some of Houston’s best finds, Pura Coffee is completely unexpected. With amazing coffee as its foundation, everything else here (free Wi-Fi, loose-leaf teas, and vegan pastries) is just icing on the cake. And speaking of cake, we love the selection of European candy bars and treats (like Kinder Chocolate bars — yum!).

You’ll get a whole lot more than just coffee at this spot in The Heights. A 2nd Cup also doubles as a non-profit with a mission to fight human trafficking. Each coffee sale helps fund the cause in Houston through its partnership with other non-profits and local law enforcement. If stopping by this communal space doesn’t fit into your schedule, you can still give back by donating online.

Ciao bella. Get a taste of Italia at this authentic Italian cafe in Rice Village. With strong espresso (it’s their thing) and cannolis so good you’ll want to order a dozen, Fellini is the perfect place to fuel your caffeine addiction.

Washington Corridor may be known for its bars and pub crawls, but Catalina Coffee will make you stop by to get buzzed during the day, too. All the coffee is sourced from its sister company, Amaya Roasting Company. And for those who prefer a little less caffeine, this cozy cafe also boasts a seasonally rotating list of loose-leaf teas and pastries.

Get your coffee fix at this Westheimer coffee shop. Whether you’re looking for a quick cuppa or prefer to slow it down and stay awhile, FIX can accommodate. If you’re on the go, grab a daily drip or espresso drink, but if you have a little more time, try the Slow Bar. Featuring French press, Chemex pour overs, or AeroPress coffee, the Slow Bar will help you experience your coffee in a new way.

This neighborhood joint in Montrose is perfect for a post-run pit stop. With a casual vibe, strong coffee and fresh food (try the vegan burrito; it’s day-changing) refueling here just makes sense. And, with its close proximity to Rice University, it’ll feel like study hall among the studious academics hunched over laptops and large textbooks.

Another Montrose staple (yes, we’re pretty sure the neighborhood runs on coffee), Blacksmith combines a pleasant atmosphere with locally-sourced food and locally-roasted Greenway Coffee. If you’re looking for a filling breakfast or lunch, do yourself a favor and try the Vietnamese Steak & Eggs — sourced from 44 Farms. You won’t regret it!

If not getting enough sleep is your ailment, then caffeine must be the antidote. Which conveniently is the name of this local cafe off Studewood in The Heights. Enjoy a cappuccino and freshly baked cinnamon roll on the quaint outdoor patio during nice Houston days or cozy up on the couches instead!

Hidden away in the North end of The Heights, this coffee shop is the perfect spot to grab a cup of joe and get some work done. You can try to ward off your sugar cravings, but their unique donut flavors like “Matcha Frosted” are hard to resist. For a heartier meal, try their monkey cat potatoes, add the egg!


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Set up in Garden Oaks (and soon, Upper Kirby), Slowpokes. is a coffee shop meets wine and beer garden. Featuring great coffee, a work space, and a dog friendly, fenced in yard, Slowpokes. has something for everyone.

Jet set to Greece without leaving the loop. Life just slows down at this European-style Montrose coffee shop. Sip a mid-morning espresso while reading a newspaper (choose your favorite from their selection) or pop in for an afternoon glass of Greek vino on the patio overlooking Westheimer.

If you’re a fan of flavorful beans, latte art, and creations from local artists, then you’ll want to make Inversion Coffee in Montrose your new go-to. It’s the perfect place to settle in to get some work done or just sip and savor your surroundings. And if you realize you’ve been there all afternoon and are in need of a snack, they’ve got Morningstar cookies and brownies that will hit the spot.

Sure, you can try and walk past Paper Co. on Elder St. without popping in, but good luck when the aroma of roasting beans from their in-house roaster, Mueva Coffee, is floating through the air. Stop in for a Vietnamese iced coffee and stick around for the all-day brunch. No matter what you order, all profits are used to support the Houston homeless community and that alone is something worth stopping in for.

Have you ever heard anything better than coffee and macaroon Mondays? We’ll wait. Yep, at this coffee shop in Downtown Houston you can start your week off with a handful of sweet treats (buy three macaroons, get one free) and a bangin’ cup caffeine. This cafe and bakery brews their cups using Greenway beans that are sure to give you the jolt you’re looking for. But if you’re not up for a coffee buzz, grab a juice flight instead.

Calling all coffee-lovers! If a freshly-roasted full-bodied brew is what you’re after, stop by The Doshi House in the Third Ward. Serving up Greenway coffee and a mean latte, this place is sure to satisfy your caffeine craving. And if you’re looking for a bite to go along with your cuppa, they’ve got a slew of plant-based plates you can sink your fork into.


**Updated by Meredith Rigsby, October 2018



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