The 5th Annual Houston Caffeine Crawl took place February 23-24. The two-day event included a choice of six different routes in various neighborhoods throughout the city. Over fifteen local cafes and roasters participated in this year's crawl. This was my first ever caffeine crawl and my chosen route would take me to five cafes I have never visited. My java journey started on Saturday afternoon at Cafeza.
I arrived early at Cafeza to indulge in brunch before the start of the crawl. Our host for the day greeted us with a smile and gave a brief overview of the day's route. Cafeza is owned by a husband and wife team that were inspired by the cafes they experienced while traveling in Barcelona. It has an easy going ambiance and serves wine, beer, coffee and tea. We were treated to a Cafe Agridolce coffee cocktail, which was my favorite taste of the day.
Next stop was the Paper Co. Cafe, which has their own in-house roaster and uses Mueva coffee. Paper Co. is more than just a coffee shop, they care about the community. Profits go toward providing for Houston's homeless and everyday a community meal is offered on a sliding scale fee. The menu includes made from scratch lunch and brunch items.
At Inversion Coffee House we were treated to an affogato made with Greenway Coffee and gelato from Dolce Neve. This light and bright artsy shop has a great menu with a diverse selection of gourmet coffees and pastries. The next stop, Blacksmith Houston, also featured Greenway Coffee. Here we sat outside on the patio and learned a little about their roasting process. We were then given samples of plain coffee which had excellent flavor.
Last stop was at Southside Espresso, the second smallest coffee shop in Houston. We learned about Fusion Beans and Sumatra coffee from owner Sean Marshall. A sample of Spiced Honey Butter Latte was the perfect way to end the day. I found some new favorite spots along the way and I'm looking forward the next year's crawl.
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I like eating, traveling, and enjoying liquid libations. I'm all about great wines, signature cocktails, and local brews.