Barista Nation Texas: 3 Days Away (registration closed)

Just a reminder:

Barista Nation Texas happens this upcoming Monday, all day long.

Where?

Oak Cliff Coffee
817 W Davis St.
Dallas, TX 75208

When?

Registration is from 9:30am to 10:30am.
The schedule of events runs until 6:30pm with a reception to boot.

I hope to see you there!

Return from Hiatus, and Group Project Request

Since this web site began, I’ve been trying to compile a complete list of noteworthy roasters and retailers.

The specialty coffee movement in Texas is growing faster than ever, and I’ve been busier than ever at the same time.

Net result, the list is out of date, with no hope of one man single-handedly bringing it up to current status of where we find the specialty coffee industry in our state today.

I’m Asking For Your Help.

The two links below go to the lists of retailers and roasters (respectively).  If you visit, love, own, manage, or work in a specialty coffee retailer or specialty coffee roastery, we want to hear from you.  I am based in Lubbock, moved from Dallas in ’01, and can in no way vouch for everyone, despite my best efforts, in regards to the best spots to visit in all parts of the state.  So, PLEASE, check the lists below.  The easiest way to respond, is to simply leave a comment.  If you are the owner, manager, or roaster, and you’d like to be featured, we can do that too.

Coffee Retailers

Coffee Roasters

Asking for even MORE help
(Love coffe?  Love to write? Live/work in Texas?)

This web site has, for the most part, been written by myself (Jason Haeger).  I have tried to get others on board in the past, but no dice.  People who are willing are generally too busy, and people who have the time are generally unwilling.

This site was built to be a grounds for everyone who matters in the specialty coffee industry in the state of Texas.  I have been accused of this whole project being selfishly motivated in the past. (which is true, if you consider wanting to be able to find a good cup of coffee anywhere in the state to be selfish)  This site has also been listed on blog lists as the blog of a roaster!  (this was long before I ever started roasting on top of the fact that it is by no means that)

The Story

A few years ago, I was solicited by a roaster in Phoenix, AZ.  He said he was recently chosen as the “Official Roaster” of a web site called Arizona Coffee.  He asked me if I would be willing to write something for their site.  I was more than happy to.  I loved to write (still do), had a budding passion for all things coffee, and jumped at the opportunity.  I wrote a few articles, most of which were well received.

The site was a HUGE part of the organization of the first barista jam in Arizona.  I went to the jam in Tucson in 2006, and saw how many people were eager to learn about all things coffee, and how many people were interested in building a community around it.  A lightbulb went off in my head, and I saw the good that could come of a web site like Arizona Coffee.

I thought it would be fantastic to have a Texas Coffee equivalent.. just for our state.  TexasCoffee.com was already claimed by Duncan Coffee, so the domain name became tx-coffee.com, and the title would be Texas Coffee People, inspired after my experience in Tucson: a community is always centered around the people involved.  I wanted to get other contributors involved, like I had been involved at Arizona Coffee.

I know how things are moving here in West Texas, and I have seen Austin go from one admirable shop to so many that I have a hard time keeping track with the coming of Cuvee Coffee, whose home base used to be Houston.  Houston has been on a steady rise in quality with Catalina Coffee, Tuscany Coffee, and the roasting outfit Fusion Beanz.  San Antonio has Brown Coffee Co.  Dallas has a newly growing scene as well, with Pearl Cup, Cultivar, Oddfellows, and a few that I know I am missing.

Long story short, I can’t do it all on my own.  I never wanted to do it all on my own.  This web site isn’t just for me.  This web site is for all of us.  If you are willing to write for the Texas coffee community, please consider becoming a contributor.

Thanks for helping turn Texas Coffee People into what it was always meant to be!

Edible Austin – Drink Local Night (Austin)

From: http://saturdaynightsmackdown.blogspot.com/

by Lorenzo Perkins

“Event Description:
Alright y’all, the Saturday Night Smackdown is up and running once again. Sunday December 6th from 11 AM to 2 PM at Owl Tree (click for directions) is the first part of Edible Austin’s Drink Local Day, part of the week long celebration known to us as Eat Local Week. (To those of you who caught it, yes, the SNS is now on a Sunday) Around a dozen roasters from in and around Austin will be there, set up with booths, tents, beans, and all sorts of crazy shit to show off to you and other onlookers exactly what it is they do.

David Allan is putting this together with Edible Austin, and he will be judging a cocktail contest later on that evening (we should all go to that too!). David is a cool guy and he makes yummy booze stuff, hi five him if you see him at the event.

The pour off will be back to a standard Smackdown pour off – you choose the cup, you choose the pour, ONE PITCHER ONE POUR!!!! $10 buy in, winner will take ALL. Now, this event is an open invite to anyone across our great state (Texas, you dolt!) HOWEVER, the top ten AUSTIN competitors will go on to represent our fair city in Texas’ first ever City VS City throwdown: ATX v. ATL. (Brainchild of Scott Lucey, actualized by yours truly) It’s gonna be awesome. So bring your game, bring your face, but most importantly, pour your face off!

Fusion Beans – Houston

August 3, 2009 · Filed Under Houston, Publicity, Roasters, Texas Roasters, Websites · Comment 

Fusion Beans has been working on building a new website for awhile, and Sean Marshall informed me that it is finished.

fusionbeans

The front page now serves as a blog featuring updates about company activity.  There is an about page with a lengthy introduction to the faces behind FusionBeans.  There is a Coffee 101 section with basic brewing instructions.  And, of course, there is a page where you can order freshly roasted coffee from the comfort of your computer task chair.






Sean is the owner, and is quite active in the regional coffee community in TX.  If  you care to, take a peek at their new site.  http://fusionbeans.com/

Do you YouTube? Let Us Know!

youtube-logoWe have included a feature of YouTube videos from coffee people in Texas in the left hand sidebar.  In addition to our own channel (youtube.com/texascoffeepeople), you will see Caffe Medici’s channel videos as well.  If your shop or roasterie has a YouTube channel, and you would like to be featured in the TX-Coffee.com YouTube sidebar, just let us know!

Also, if you are a consumer and you post videos of coffee industry news or establishments, you are welcome to be added as well.

The hope is that this new feature can help connect Texas Coffee People who use YouTube together in an effort to further develop the specialty coffee community in Texas.  (as usual)

We would also love to post a promotional video for your event, shop, roasterie, or other related subject matter to our channel, if you would like.  Just let us know via our Contact page.  We’d be glad to hear from you.

Bearcat Beanz: Aledo, TX

June 9, 2009 · Filed Under Community, DFW, Publicity, Roasters, Texas Roasters · Comment 

I received an email a few days ago from Dan at Bearcat Beanz.

Dan writes,

How does one get added to your list of roasters. We are a specialty coffee roaster in north Texas, in Aledo, providing over half dozen different regional Mexican coffees to Mexican restaurants, coffee shops and for fund raisers.

How?  Just like that.  Shoot us an email or fill out our Contact form.

Bearcat Beanz has a website, but does not have a logo or much in the way of branding besides the name.  The only way to get ahold of them is via email, which can be found at their website.

Their website is simple and informative, focusing entirely on convincing the reader that coffee is a fantastic way to do fundraising, and that they are just the company to help you do it.  It’s most certainly an interesting business model, and while it may already have existed, this is the first I’ve heard of it.

Bearcat Beanz has been added to our list of Roasters.

BearcatBeanz.com

Oak Cliff Coffee Featured by Dallas Morning News

Click Here

Oak Cliff couple take coffee beans to customers’ doors

…Here comes coffee time and the man with the goods.

There goes Shannon Neffendorf, cruising the sleepy streets of North Oak Cliff, hanging bags of freshly roasted coffee beans at customers’ front door.

“I love delivery day and the way it makes the car smell,” says the co-owner of Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters, out and about on his pre-dawn rounds.

He and his wife, Jenni, hope this milkman-style service helps their budding business stand out as more than another joe in the world of java…

…The couple launched the venture not long after their marriage. And in just over a year, they have seen it steadily grow to include about 75 residential customers, 10 businesses and offices, and five commercial accounts that sell their beans, serve their coffee or both…

And here’s my favorite part…

…They aren’t alone in North Texas. Texas Coffee People ( tx-coffee.com) lists 12 coffee roasters in the Dallas area on its Web site, which seeks to “promote a community of serious coffee people in a state which most would consider to be a coffee wasteland…

Kudos to Shannon and Jenni (and the Oak Cliff Brand) for the article!  (and thanks for the plug, whoever was responsible)

And let’s not forget to give you Oak Cliff’s website link: http://www.oakcliffcoffee.com/

San Antonio Coffee Roasters Now Kosher Certified

May 19, 2009 · Filed Under Publicity, Roasters, San Antonio, Texas Roasters · 3 Comments 

I got this tip from Facebook (via)

sacoffeeroaster_000San Antonio Coffee Roasters, also known as What’s Brewing, a company that produces one hundred percent Specialty Gourmet Coffee has gone kosher. The oldest individual coffee roaster in San Antonio, they have a full line of coffees from various countries as well as blends that they have created for over 25 years.  More…

Is Kosher the next big certification in coffee?  It’s been Fair Trade and Organic and Rainforest Alliance, and Bird Friendly, and on and on for a long while now, but a few people are starting to see through the marketing front that seems to have become the dominant aim these days.

Is there such a thing as non-Kosher roasted coffee?  What all is required to make coffee “Kosher”?  Is this certification significant, or is it another label intended to move more product?  I don’t have the answer to that, but if the goal was publicity, I’d say that it has worked already.

It also turns out that San Antonio Coffee Roasters is not already in our list of Roasters.  They have now been added.

San Antonio Coffee Roasters
138 W. Rhapsody
San Antonio, Texas 78216
Phone: (210) 308-8882
Fax: (210) 308-8883

Has anyone tried their coffee?

"Pay What You Think Is Fair": Duncan Coffee Company

March 31, 2009 · Filed Under Houston, Retailers, Roasters, Texas Retailers, Texas Roasters · 2 Comments 














We received an email from Mills Duncan of the Duncan Coffee Company with this interesting idea.

Times are tough especially for coffee houses. I would like to help out by offering a program to all interested coffee shops to “Pay what you think is fair” for our Farm to Market Fair trade coffees.  Perhaps any interested party could e mail me and suggest a price they might want to pay and I will get as close as I can (restraints of our accounting system)  ex if someone wants to pay  $4.00 a pound and the lowest setting was 4.25 we would go with the 4.25.  COD or credit until they establish credit.

This was such an interesting and ethical (of sorts) approach, that we had to pass it along.

DuncanCoffee.com


Crooked Tree Coffee House Now Serving Oak Cliff Coffee

Since late January, Crooked Tree Coffee House in Dallas has begun serving coffee roasted by Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters.

As taken from the Oak Cliff Coffee Blog:

Beginning next week, The Crooked Tree Coffeehouse in Uptown will be serving fresh roasted coffee from Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters.  The Crooked Tree opened last summer and it is run by two ladies (Sarah and Kristyn) who are passionate about coffee and people.

They were using a roaster on Colorado whose name I cannot recal.  (and they may still be using them as well)

Congrats to Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters for the new account!  (and for going full time!)

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