~ Year 3 in H-Town was one for the books! ~
The team hit the ground in Houston and headed to the latte art throwdown and kickoff party at Ahh, Coffee - competitors poured their finest for prizes from InterAmerican Coffee and more, and we enjoyed good eats from Hot Bird while we watched.
A friday afternoon walking route and an evening option for the 9-5'ers included boozy coffee for an uppers & downers feel - Common Bond Café and Bakery followed an oolong tea cupping with a twist on a coffee negroni using Cappelletti, dry vermouth and rosemary infused cold brew. Honeymoon Cafe & Bar wrapped up Friday routes with a coffee cocktail as well - Mexican single origin coffee and Four Roses Bourbon.
Saturday morning kicked into high gear with Matt Toomey of Boomtown Coffee giving Crawlers a sneak peek into the roasting works at Honeymoon Cafe & Bar over macchiatos, and the Boomtown cafe in The Heights also hosted Crawlers later in the day.
Mercantile welcomed Crawlers with cold brew or iced chai made with Mill King milk, and Jonathan gave insight into their two cafes. Paper Co. shared their mission over toast and an El Salvador brew, and Catalina Coffee sent Crawlers home with a bag of limited release Caffeine Crawl blend whole beans from Amaya Roasting Co.
Two new additions to the Houston shop lineup this year, Tout Suite wowed with housemade chai, and
Red Dessert Dive pulled all the stops with affogatos using a housemade Saint Arnold Brewing ice cream and Boomtown espresso.
Routes stopped at Ahh, Coffee for whiskey barrel aged cold brew from Argus Coffee Co., and David Buehrer presented his signature drink from the U.S. Barista Competition Regional Qualifying Event at Blacksmith Coffee - a 'breakfast macchiato' using Greenway espresso and housemade, fruit infused, 'cereal milk.'
Robin Berwick and Robin Whalan served up cold brew and housemade coffee liqueur at Double Trouble Caffeine and Cocktails, and Retrospect Coffee Bar hosted a pop up at Axelrad Beer Garden with Katz Coffee Mexican cold brew, Honeychild’s Sweet Creams frozen custard, and housemade crepes and cereal. Houston's first bike route kicked off from Retrospect, led by the crew from InterAmerican Coffee.
Southside Espresso poured brews of a Yemen single origin coffee from their processing mill, alongside spiced honey butter macchiatos. Siphon Coffee demoed siphon brewing and paired samples with housemade salted chocolate chip cookies.
Crawlers left happy (and caffeinated!) with swag bags from Wholesome!, Yelp Houston, Prana Chai, Local Houston Magazine, roaster sponsors and participating shops. Caffeine Crawl Year three in Houston was a blast, and we can’t wait for next year!