I will be the first to say that I am not a coffee aficionado. In fact, I’m somewhat of an amateur. My taste in coffee ranges from the famous chain coffee shops that EVERYONE goes to, to the cheap coffee I had to inject while serving in the Navy for 20 years. Now that I’m back home, I’ve decided that I want to explore the NEW Houston; the local coffee shops in particular. But in doing so, I want to support independently owned businesses. So my cousin and I decided to take a chance on a little unique coffee shop located in the 6th Ward - northwest of downtown Houston called Catalina Coffee.
There was a real feeling of being a Houstonian as soon as I walked in. We were completely entrenched in exposed brick and industrial design, which gave off a very old Houston feel. There was an obvious respect for local patrons by way of the artwork from native artists on full display. Also, there was acute effort placed on the perfection of presentation when it came to food and drinks. The latte artwork is pretty impressive, which vibes perfectly with the hipness of the little coffee shop.
And the coffee? It was excellent! I had a Caramel Macchiato. I was anticipating a taste of familiarity, but surprisingly it was totally different. There wasn’t an overly strong coffee taste, nor an exaggeration of sweetness. It was by all accounts, perfection. Again, I’m no coffee connoisseur but I’ve been to enough coffee shops across the globe to know good coffee when I taste it.
If you want to taste great coffee all while feeling like a native Houstonian, Catalina Coffee is an excellent choice. There were no laptop techies and wifi surfers, only newspaper junkies and book readers lost in their imagination. It was refreshing to see more of a vintage old school, yet modern coffee shop.
I highly recommend Catalina’s. It’s great place to hang out and catch up with an old friend.