Got someone in your family who really likes coffee but have no idea what to get them? Well, look no further! Pearland Coffee Roasters has done all the work for you. Every gift-set has 3 quarter pound bags of our fresh roasted coffee and our very own diner mug. We then added one of three brewing methods. With prices ranging from $21.95-$67.95, there is sure to be something for that coffee lover in your life.
A local blogger that is all about Houston has given the shop a review. Check it out and take a look around their site. It’s really well done.
Here’s the deal. We know that many of you have visited us at our old website and online store which was a theme provided and hosted by shopify.com.
But, if you know anything about us, the one thing you do know is that that site did not represent us in any way. We wanted to get something up and out there and was hoping that shopify would allow us to do that. In the end, it just not working out.
Shopify, its nothing personal. It’s us, not you.
We are working on developing a site with a little more personality. So, until we get that up and running you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at the store if you want to order anything.
We’ve been doing our reading. We’ve talked to people. We’ve read reports. We’ve read statements from all sorts of people: Coffee Producers, Traders, Brokers, Roasters, Drinkers. And all have said the same thing. “We want a fair price.” Who wants to spend $50 for a cup of coffee? Who wants to spend $40 on a pound of coffee? You can! And you could spend much much more. 100% Kona coffee sales for $30 a pound roasted. I’ve seen blends that actually sold for more than that. We don’t bother with those coffees. We feel like we can find better coffees and a much more affordable price. But the question we have chosen to ask has to do not with our cost, but the cost to the farmer. Who determines what a fair price is? Me? I live in the US and drive a 10 year old Camry. Who sais I know squat about what it takes to live in Ethiopia? Or Kenya? Or Guatemala? So Jeremy and I chose to do something. Buy coffee from people who can talk to the farmer and come up with a fair price. We buy from brokers that promise us, in writing, that the farmer is getting a fair price. That does have some drawbacks: Our coffee costs us a little more. We can’t always get a coffee that we really like because we can’t make sure the farmer gets a fair shake. We can’t always keep things in stock like we wish. But it’s the responsible thing to do. It’s the right thing to do. We could get last years crop. We can always get coffees that are making their way to us and we can’t trace them back. We can alway’s choose the cheaper rout. But we like to sleep. And we couldn’t if we knew the people we rely on to grow the fine coffees we buy were going without food, clean water, health care, education, and all the things we enjoy here. Is it worth it? YES! I sleep fine. Our farmers generally get somewhere between 25% to 100% more per pound than the fair trade groups offer. They do it in such a way that they can buy from that farmer next year. They can demand quality standards, health care and pay standards. Keep that in mind when you buy a tub of coffee at the grocery for $5. How much is that farmer getting? Can he afford to send his kids to school? Pay his workers fairly? Too much coffee can keep me up at night. Not my conscience.
A whole lot has happened in the shop this last week. We have everything in place except our new logo. We’ve seen the proofs and are in love. Really simple and really beautiful.
We’ve been trying muffins and bagels from various bakers around town. Most were OK. Only one has passed our expectations.
Our teas are in place. Finally! We have lovely copper tins and white cups and pots. Quite elegant.
Our Chai is on place as well. Really good stuff. And this coming from someone who really doesn’t like Chai.
We’re looking at several South American coffees for the near future. Colombians, Bolivians, Brazils, Perus, etc. The issue there is that they are just being harvested. Most haven’t made it onto the boats yet, much less made it to the US. We do have a really great Mexican that we’ll be roasting soon. Our Africans are basically in place. Two really great Ethiopians.
For those who want to know a little more about the Coffee Industry (From a guy that has paved the way for companies like us)
Check out Geoff Watts blog, “Next Movement” for an interesting read. http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/blog/view/7973.
I ordered new coffees this week. Not too many bags. One we were in love with ran out before we got to order it. I guess everyone else loved it too. We have more samples coming in this week. The South and Central Americans are still being harvested and are starting to ship. It may be April or May or even June before they get to the US. The Africans are getting here in big numbers and Pacific Rim coffees are starting to show up well. All that to say that we’re buying tons (Really, we could buy over a ton of coffee in the next several months) of coffee.
Our teas are supposed to be here this week. Yerba, green, white, rooibos, black, chai. I’m personally looking forward to some really good iced tea as the weather starts to warm.
Our Chai showed up this week. Gotten some really good comments about it. Hope you get a chance to try it. It ices well and blends well. Really nice.
And finally, we’re starting to plan our grand opening. Look for further updates, but that should be happening soon.
Lots going on. It’s been fun so far. Come on in and see what we have that you’ll crave!
I’m sure we’d all walk out of a shop that is dirty. I know many people would leave if it smelled bad. But the vast majority of coffee shops world wide basically clean and good. We’re all serving basically the same thing. And that is some mixture of roasted coffee beans, ground with hot water ran through them. Then add milk and sugar. What makes one shop stand out? I believe it’s the little things that make the difference. For instance, milk. I hate the bad taste of scalded milk. Where it leaves the creamy, goodness that it is and takes on a flavor that more like burnt peanuts. Espresso should be properly pulled by someone who likes espresso. Freshly roasted and freshly ground coffee makes a huge difference. After all, this stuff costs your hard earned money! Why do so many people ruin it? It’s a beautiful product! It’s raised in exotic places like Africa and South America, shipped on boats to the US, stored in warehouses all over the place, driven on trucks to roasting facilities and then finally to you. It employes millions of people world wide. Very few people make it through their day without a cup. Every culture puts their own spin on it. Wether it’s the spiced coffees of Africa and the Middle East, the finely ground infusion of Eastern Europe, the light and dark roast espresso on Italy, or the American Mega-Latte, it all has it’s cultural stamp. So what makes a great coffee? The little things. Coffee that is picked when it’s ripe, roasted by someone who loves coffee, ground and served fresh, and finally just made well. Vote with your money. Pick a shop that does these things well. Pulls espresso that has beautiful crema, steams milk that looks like white chrome and not sea foam or heats it till it almost boils, presents it in a way that makes you want another one.
We’ve been open for almost three weeks. We think people have been happy with the products we are handing across the counter. We’re still waiting on a few more things: Chai, loose leaf teas, some more serving options, and business cards. It’s been a blast so far. We’re ordering coffee in the next couple of weeks. The new crops are all coming in and we’re making the hard decision on which ones to offer to Pearland. We’re going to get some new African coffees, some new Pacific Rim coffees are in the shop and may be roasted very soon. Central and South Americans are still on their way to North America. We’re expecting some samples soon. This web site is rather temporary and the others future, http://www.antiguascoffeehouse.com, is in question. Hopefully very soon we will be offering full pounds of coffee for sale online. Soon after that, we’re hoping to get a few other options for serving coffees both online and on the shop.
Come on in and see what we have to offer.