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It’s fun coming with blog titles because they’re pretty informal. You know what titles I don’t like coming up with? Subject titles for professional emails. Oddly, one of my senior classes assigned us reading on how to send an email properly. It failed to help me on the subject-title front. Maybe it comes with experience…

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This morning and afternoon has been quite exciting on my Twitter (@thutexas BTW). Not only did my favorite coffee brand follow me on Twitter, their cold brew counterpart, and the CEO too (Hi, hello, I love your coffee and laugh with your Tweets). With the brief conversation held on Twitter, it inspired me to make it an official goal to visit local coffee shops (as if I wouldn’t…) during my travels. BUT as a part of my travels, I want to devote a whole post to them.

And another idea: Like I devoted a whole post to Petrified Design, I also want to share with everyone where I think you can find the best vanilla iced lattes, candles, and tacos in our favorite place in Texas (the world)- Austin, TX. I came to the coffee quest realization because I just like making public commitments- for some reason, they keep me accountable. It’s most likely because I wouldn’t be able to stand defeat, even though I have accepted defeat publicly before.

And I came to this local sharing realization because I just realized (wait, rly?) that you can ask me where to get the best pizza and coffee in Austin, but ask me where to get anything in Houston- I have zero answers for you (Maybe one: Central Market). For the amount of time I’ve grown up in this city, I never had a chance at discovering Houston. And while you may think that this makes it the perfect time for me to do so, I don’t plan on staying in Houston for long. (Knock on wood)

So coffee friends, going along the west coast going north- where should I go for coffee? This is what I have on my radar:

  1. Coffee & Tea Collective in San Diego, CA
  2. All of these places in this NYT article
  3. Stumptown if I make it up there?

Your turn.

P.S. Just so you know, my favorite coffee beans reign from Austin, TX: Cuvée Coffee. Go educate yourself. I’ll do them justice when I can go to their next cupping/tasting. Just know for now that they kill at social media.

After getting back from church this morning, I automatically walked to my kitchen, filled my kettle with fresh cold water, and turned on the stove. You know what time it is? It’s coffee time.

I enjoy coffee, but I lie somewhere between those who drink it because they need it and those who drink it on occasion (i.e. to stay awake). I also lie somewhere between coffee snob and police station coffee drinker. While I do not enter myself in world barista championships, I do like to support our local coffee shops around the city. How can you pass up Vintage Heart Coffee’s iced vanilla latte or even Central Market’s regular hot coffee? I’m sorry, but my allegiance will never be with Starbucks. I am not a gold member (but Caroline is).

But I want to talk coffee because I’m in a bit of a dilemma. A couple of months ago, I broke my beloved french press. I bought that special one that Starbucks made (I can hear the irony, but I bought it because of the ‘special size’) and I chipped the glass. Upset by tragedy, I threw it away. What I later found out was that I could have easily replaced the glass. I thought they didn’t make replacement glass for that particular “model,” BUT THEY DID. Lesson learned… I guess.

Right now I brew my hot coffee in a makeshift pour-over-type-coffee-vehicle. You can see it in the picture above. And after seeing the price of french presses increase, I decided that perhaps this is an opportunity to explore other ways of brewing coffee. I didn’t expect there to be so many options. From different types of french presses to an Aeropress to a Chemex to different types of pour-over’s, I didn’t know of the various ways I could make coffee. I refuse to get a Keurig or a regular coffee machine; this is where I ask for your help. What do you use to make your coffee, people-that-make-coffee? Should I stick to a french press? Should I drop some mad $$$ for a Chemex? Those things aren’t cheap, but since I’m transitioning to buying things that last longer (aka might cost more), I figured that I should ask for the advice of the smart people around me.

I’m currently obsessed with “Houston Blend” coffee at HEB right now. Also, I will never stop putting condensed milk in my coffee (I love Vietnamese coffee, of course). But I need something cool and awesome to brew my coffee. HELP.

Thank you in advance,