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    19 Best Coffee Shops in Houston – As Recommended by Locals

    by Kieran MacRae | Last Updated: October 4, 2021

    Whether you’re living in Houston or just passing through you’ll want to get a great coffee while you’re there.

    This is why we created this list of the best coffee shops in Houston as voted for by you. Read through, try one out, and if you liked it come back and vote for it so other people can try it too!

    Segundo Coffee Lab has been a three-year journey exploring different coffee shops to see what was on offer while enjoying a love of coffee.

    In March 2020 before our shutdown, we got the wonderful opportunity to visit Guatemala and explore the world of coffee from harvesting to the families of farmers who opened their doors and welcomed us.

    What we saw forever changed how we viewed coffee and When we came back from Guatemala. “ I told my husband, I want to open our own coffee shop”. He looked at me and said you’re crazy. If you know me I don’t take no for an answer.

    I believe that anything can be achieved with hard work and passion. In late fall we decided if we don’t do this now we never will. Fast forward here we are a year later building our brick-and-mortar Coffee shop. 

    The Segundo Coffee Lab name came from my husband Abuelita who lived in the Second Ward community in Houston TX and he would hear his Abuelita saying Segundo Barrio which she was referring to Second Ward.

    So we wanted to make sure we kept the Segundo Barrio culture alive. We added Segundo to the name. That’s how the idea of adding Spanish names to our signature drinks came about. One of those drinks is called La Mexicana, which is a latte with espresso, honey, cinnamon, and homemade vanilla bean. 

    What makes Segundo Coffee lab? We offer an urban-industrial environment. We have a coffee bar we serve out of a shipping container. Next to it we have our cannabis store which also can infuse any of our drinks with our own CBD line. We live and believe in the community of Houston, we want to make every single person who walks into the coffee shop feel welcomed like family. Thanks to everyone who walks into our shop this wouldn’t be possible without you all.

    Segundo Coffee Lab is now serving delicious coffee and having wonderful conversations with you all.

           Segundo Coffee Lab will be located at

           711 Milby St Ste 35 Houston TX 77023.

           Yours Truly Segundo Coffee Lab team.

    Cafe ZunZun is a specialty coffee roaster offering organic coffee and tea and is housed within an eco-friendly building designed to resemble a hummingbird!

    As you enter, you are greeted with floor to ceiling windows allowing plenty of natural light to enter at all hours of the day, a spacious and dog-friendly outdoor patio, contemporary interior design, and a plethora of plant life. The menu offers a variety of espresso-based beverages, slow bar options, a large selection of premium loose-leaf teas, French pastries, and increasing vegan options.

    Their signature drink, the ZunZuncito, is crafted with caramel syrup, frothed oat milk, and spiced cold brew to create a perfectly sweet beverage with a velvety mouthfeel. A must try! They also recently introduced a matcha latte harmoniously paired with Coffee Blossom Honey that supports farmers in Guatemala.

    12716 Telge Rd

    Cypress, Texas 77429

    Monday: Closed

    Tuesday-Friday: 7AM – 3:30PM

    Saturday: 8AM – 3:30PM

    Sunday: 8:30AM – 2:30PM

    Barbarossa coffee is a third-gen coffee house and roaster founded in 2017. Since then, their popularity has exploded and their fan base borders on cult-following. This neighborhood gem opened their second location at the genesis of the pandemic, but managed to transcend the difficulties many small businesses faced during the 2020 year, and they are poised to become a major player in the Houston coffee scene. 

    Their footprint has expanded in large part to a savvy online presence and high-quality service both online and in-shop. Their offered syphon, chemex, V60, and aeropress methods are executed adeptly, and their take on international styles such as Turkish, Vietnamese, Cuban, and Freddo espresso/cappuccino are worth the trip. 

    Whether it’s the modern cozy aesthetic you want to find yourself studying in, or the 18 single origin beans available to try, the experience here is one-of-a-kind and worth ditching your go-to coffee chain for.

    Louetta

    9222 Louetta Rd #106, Spring, TX 77379,

    Tombal

    9166 Farm to Market 2920, Tomball, TX 77375,

    Monday – Friday 06:00 AM – 8:00 PM
    Saturday 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
    Sunday 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

    We are a full service coffee/espresso bar servicing Texas communities and more.  What sets us apart is our unique wood-fired coffee roasting process and signature Moon Milk.  Moon Milk is our in-house sweet creamer and it pairs lovely with our coffee.  But more than that, it’s the Summer Moon spirit. It’s Texas hospitality.  A commitment to kindness. And a philosophy of inclusiveness.

    We believe coffee brings us all together and is a vehicle for community.  We're a family-run business made up of a diverse community of roasters, baristas and coffee lovers. What we all have in common is a deep love for delivering high quality, hand-roasted coffee and exceptional experiences to Summer Moon customers.

    Our Katy and Missouri City locations offer an assortment of delectable pastries from talented local chefs, Jeff Weinstock and Max Torres, with Cake and Bacon.  And we also rave about our handmade kolaches and sandwiches/salads from local chef, Dawn Paulson, with Bar None Bakery.

    Katy

    19901 Kingsland Blvd i, Retail Center,

    Houston, TX 77094

    Everyday: 7am – 6pm

    Missouri City

    9402 Hwy 6 #100
    Missouri City, TX 77459

    Monday – Friday: 6am-8pm

    Saturday – Sunday: 7am – 8pm

    Crema Espresso Stand is a local drive through coffee shop located on the corner of Spring Cypress and Huffmeister in Cypress, Texas.  Crema is a family-owned coffee shop that prides its self on quality beverages and exceptional customer service. 

    Crema offers drip coffee, espresso drinks, frozen Crema Frost and Red Bull Infusions.  Being a neighborhood coffee shop has allowed us to establish long-standing devoted customers where our employees who know their favorite beverage. We offer a wide variety of flavored lattes carrying over 35 different flavored syrups. Our baristas create custom and seasonal flavors for customers to enjoy.

    In addition, we carry specialty milk including soy, coconut, almond and oat.  Customers especially enjoy our Crema Frost which is a specialty frozen drink made with espresso that can have any flavor added to it.

    15210 Spring Cypress Rd Cypress, TX, US 77429

    Monday – Friday 5am – 6pm

    Saturday 6am – 6pm

    Sunday 7am – 3pm

     

    Cambrian Coffee is a neighborhood coffee shop in the Spring Branch area of Houston, TX operated by married couple Brian & Gemma Hinkle.

    We offer specialty coffee and British-inspired baked goods made fresh in-house daily. This includes our famous sausage rolls which we offer in traditional British style or as one of our rotating weekly special rolls such as jalapeno cheese, maple chili or smoky chipotle. We offer many house-made syrups such as the secret ingredient in our bestselling Cambrian Latte: a delicious cinnamon infused honey syrup with just the right amount of sweetness.

    The theme and décor of the shop is Earth Science and Paleontology due to Brian & Gemma’s love of geology and the sciences. Customers like to pose with our massive T-Rex skeleton mural and check out the details of our trilobite fossil bar.

    9461 Hammerly Boulevard

    Houston, Texas 77080

    Monday – Saturday 7:00am-3:00pm

    We are located right across from NASA in Houston and get a very high volume of international travelers. We are tucked away in Nassau Bay, and only those “in the know” come through our doors- we strongly believe in word of mouth and earn it one visitor at a time.

    1354 NASA Pkwy Suite J Nassau Bay,

    TX, 77058

    Monday – Thursday 6am – 6pm

    Friday 6am – 9pm

    Saturday 7am – 9pm

     

    Sycamore Grounds is a family-owned and operated coffee shop in Pasadena, TX. 

    We focus on traditional, delicious coffee drinks, fresh, homemade bakery items and supporting local. 

    Our original location is tucked right into a neighborhood and inside a restored early 1900s home and our second location pays tribute to Pasadena, featuring a mural painted by a former barista. 

    We truly are Your Neighborhood Coffee House

    5111 Pine Ave
    Pasadena, TX.

    77503

    Monday – Friday 9:30AM – 5PM

    Houston lacks cultural spaces. Day 6 wanted to fill in that gap by providing a unique vibe. Something you can experience only by walking into the shop. Coffee is the perfect drink for dates, business, and great conversation – Day 6 is focused on curating a space that encourages all of these things for the city. We prioritize the vibe, from the smell of the coffee to the music playlist. Our goal is to ensure that customers leave with more positive energy than when they came in. 

    In an effort to showcase the best of Houston culture we have created things such as the “Texas Latte” (latte that has a pecan sweetness) and the “Brisket Kolache” (classic Texas pastry filled with brisket and cheese)

    We offer a number of classic espresso drinks as well as specialty mimosas which include our lavender lemonade, mango lemonade, and strawberry lemonade mimosas.

    910 Prairie St
    Houston, TX
    77002

    Mon – Thu 8am – 10pm

    Fri 8am – 12am

    Sat 9am – 12am

    Sun 9am – 10pm

    A small sleepy coffee shop modeled on cafes in Barcelona and Argentina it’s cosy atmosphere and excellent choices of music make it an excellent place to hang out. Doubly so if you fancy enjoying some homemade churros while you do.

    Drinks include espresso-based drinks, a curious pineapple concoction, and some of the best pour-over coffee you’ll enjoy across all of Houston.

    Plus they regularly host live music events which is always pleasant when alcohol doesn’t have to be involved.

    1720 Houston Ave
    Houston, TX
    Daily Hours 8AM – 4PM
     

    We opened our french bakery & café in January 2019.

    Everything is baked from scratch daily at our bakery. Our coffee comes 
    from local coffee roaster in Houston JAVA PURA and our tea comes from 
    DAMMANN Frères.

    We provide most of the usual coffee drinks you can find in a coffee 
    shop from “Red eye” to “London Fog” and famous morning “Cold brew”.
    Our best seller is Latte with oat milk. Cappucino with almond milk is 
    also very popular.

    We want to keep a cosy and simple atmosphere in our shop where people 
    can come to have a good time or work enjoying a proudly handmade 
    coffee drink and handmade buttery croissant.

    Soon, we will launch our beer and wine menu…

    You can follow us on Instagram : @louise.bakery #croissantandchill

    1725 Main Street, Suite 1,

    Houston, 77002 TX

    Wednesday – Saturday 8am – 4pm

    Sunday 9am – 4pm

    The Forth & Nomad Coffee Bar not only offers an extensive coffee & tea menu, but also a unique shopping experience. The Coffee Bar is nestled in The Heights Houston and is one of many elements at Forth & Nomad, a highly curated lifestyle marketplace. F&N is sustained by offering the community more than what patrons come to expect from the shopping experience, which is why The Coffee Bar was created.

    In addition to coffee & tea, The Coffee Bar offers breakfast tacos from local taco shop Tacos A Go Go, pastries from local bakers Cake and Bacon & Koffeteria, unique pantry items, and lots of other grab-n-go goodies from emerging brands that you won’t find in a big-box coffee shop. At The Coffee Bar, you will not only find your staple coffee menu, but also delicious, in-house creations made with handmade syrups from natural ingredients such as the Cereal Milk Matcha (Oat Milk Matcha Latte with Fruity Pebbles & Honey), Teddy Graham (Cinnamon Oat Milk Latte with Honey), Sproda (Espresso and Sparkling Water), and more. At the Forth & Nomad Coffee Bar, we prioritize quality and the customer experience above all else.

    The Coffee Bar is located inside Forth & Nomad at:

    731 Yale St, Houston,

    TX 77007

    Monday – Thursday 7am – 4pm

    Friday – 7am – 5pm

    Saturday-Sunday 8am – 5pm

    Giant Leap Coffee – where one small sip can change your whole universe! A third-wave, space themed coffee shop in Uptown Park, Giant Leap is a little jewel box with both inventive and traditional coffee options.

    The space, fully built and designed by the owners themselves, has a “retrofuture” vibe- modern but familiar. In keeping with its name and design, the Seasonal Spacials are space themed as well. The International Spice Station is a fall favorite, but the shop draws on plenty of Houston flavor inspiration as well. A take on the Café Sua Da, a Calamansi Lemonade, and a Horchata Cold Brew echo the diversity and complexity of the surrounding city. 

    Giant Leap sources beans from local roasters, as well as offering a star-studded selection of monthly guest roasters. Keep a look out for their all day café in the East End, Café Louie, slated to open later this year! 

    Uptown

    1135 Uptown Park Blvd
    Houston, TX 77056

    Monday – Sunday 7am – 7pm

    East End

    3401 Harrisburg Blvd
    Houston, TX 77003

    Monday – Sunday 7am – 2pm

    Boomtown coffee is good coffee personified into a coffee shop, serving small-batch home-roasted coffee that’s as delicious as it is fresh.

    The atmosphere is cozy and they serve a wide selection of coffee drinks from standard espresso-based drinks to custom lattes, pour-over, French press and some custom concoctions.

    Plus a selection of loose leaf teas if you have to go with a friend who doesn’t like coffee.

    Not to mention you can grab some food while you’re there with a specialty taco amongst other things. 
    There are two locations:

    Boomtown Heights
    242 W. 19TH ST.
    HOUSTON, TX 77008
    (713) 862-7018  

    MONDAY-SUNDAY 7AM-7PM

    Boomtown Understory 

    800 CAPITOL ST.
    HOUSTON, TX 77002
    832-548-1448

    Monday-Friday 8am-4pm
     

    Covo coffee is an amazing little coffee shop serving superb V60 coffee as well as Siphon and Aeropress coffee. Something I always admire in a coffee shop is their selection of brew methods. But if you’re looking for a more traditional coffee they’ve got all the ol’ faithful espresso drinks everyone loves.

    You can grab a bite to eat while you’re there enjoying a light lunch and the atmosphere is definitely relaxed with some excellent music normally coming through the speakers.

    Their roastery is pushing boundaries on sustainability by providing their coffee in glass bottles that can be recycled or traded in at either of their cafes for a greener footprint with your coffee.

    They currently have two locations:

    3773 Richmond Ave. #1F
    Houston, TX 77046
    Near the corner of Richmond and Timmons Lane.
    Current Hours: M-F 7am-4pm & S-S 8am-4pm

    2617 Bissonnet St. 
    Houston, TX 77005
    Near the corner of Bissonnet & Kirby
    Current Hours: M-F 7am-6pm & S-S 8am-6pm
     

    Catalina Coffee is a superb little coffee shop doing exactly what a coffee shop should, serving great coffee and delicious pastries.

    They have all the coffee you'd expect as well as a few unique drinks but what’s really special is the Gold Cup coffee, a coffee made from a Gold Cup machine that automatically adjusts brew settings to the coffee being used to give you a truly delicious cup of coffee. 

    Sometimes you don’t need to go over the top and offer everything, more often than not keeping it simple and doing a superb job is a much better plan, and that’s just what Catalina are doing.

    2201 Washington Ave
    Houston, Texas 77007
    Monday – Friday 6.30am – 7pm
    Saturday – Sunday 7.30am – 7pm
     

    Spacious cafe with a nice feel and top-quality coffee focused on using coffee that’s in season for maximum flavor and freshness into your cup. 

    A selection of espresso-based coffees as well as pour-over coffee and several teas to choose from. Plus a delicious selection of breakfast and lunch dishes.

    One particularly great dish to try is the blacksmith plate which is: Biscuit or croissant, two eggs, avocado, home fries, bacon or sausage. A superb start to the day or superb lunch especially when it’s paired with a wonderful cup of coffee.

    1018 WESTHEIMER RD, 
    HOUSTON, TX 
    77006
    Open Daily 7am – 5pm
     

    If you call yourself a coffee lover then you need to get to Uncle Beans Coffee, not just because it sounds like a Spiderman character but because their coffee is wonderful. 

    Serving all the coffee you'd expect plus some other exciting drinks, micro lot coffee if you want something special, house cold brew if you want something strong and combine them for a micro lot cold brew if it’s a hot day. 

    Fuel yourself with some overnight oats or you can even get a 96oz coffee tote if you need coffee for everybody (or if you’re really tired). Well worth a visit.

    3024 Houston Ave
    Houston, TX 77009, USA
    Everyday 7am – 5pm
     

    We are a Specialty Coffee Shop. That means we only use quality beans as detailed by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA). The SCA sets a very high standard from the farmer to the roaster, and we are the last link in the chain. It's all about quality and quality does not come cheap.

    Our proudest moments are always when people come into the shop and on leaving say that was one of the best cups of coffee they have ever had, or when we are out and about in Houston and someone mentions our shop and the great coffee we serve.

    From day one we have always made our own syrups (yes, some people like to add things to our specialty coffees!). We have always tried to be different with these, and we believe we were the first in Houston to introduce the Honey Lavender Latte.

    It’s certainly our seasonal board that always draws people’s interest when they are first visiting the shop such as our fall special the Smoked Rosemary Cortado made using high-quality Texas honey from Texas bees as a base with a twist that's worth seeing for yourself

    425 Westheimer Rd,

    Houston, TX 77006

    Monday – Friday 7am – 4pm

    Saturday – Sunday 8am – 4pm

    Be Included

    If you would like to nominate a cafe to be included or you yourself are a coffee shop or roasters based in houston then please get in touch by emailing hello@aboveaveragecoffee.com

    This is an ever growing list and we’re always looking for more great cafes to add.

    How we select the choices

    We are a small organisation with specific opinions, who are we to say what coffee is better? So we take to reddit where people endlessly discuss which coffee shop is the best.

    This starts off the list and then more coffee shops can be added over time with a voting system so that the absolute best get voted to the top by locals and visitors to the area alike.

    Kieran MacRae tried getting into wine but didn't like it, tried getting into whiskey and it was too expensive, then thought "I really love coffee. I wonder if you can get really into coffee?" Turns out you can!