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Net result, the list is out of date, with no hope of one man single-handedly bringing it up to current status of where we find the specialty coffee industry in our state today.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