October 27th, 2010
Pearland Coffee Roasters No Longer Antigua Coffee House: For Love of the Home Ground
In 5 Words: Love, Fair, Coffee, Fresh, Brown
It would seem that when exploring the tabs at the top of the page – Coffee Shops is sorely lacking. Judging by the coffee rich – pun intended – emails we’ve received, you’ve noticed this little short-coming as well. I’ve tried cruising outside the Loop to bring in all that the Greater Houston area has to offer, so far with La Casita and T-Bone Tom’s. Pearland, as far south as you may be, you can’t escape this dragnet.
When discussing what establishment to experience next, Stephan suggests Pearland Coffee Roasters. He has heard impressive things about the coffee shop south of Houston proper, including their dedication to buying fair trade coffee beans. Stephan admits that the freshly roasted coffee might even rival his standby favorite, Catalina. After this recommendation, plans to visit are unavoidable.
On this Saturday morning there’s an unseasonably cool breeze. Sure it’s Fall, but it’s also Houston. 60 degrees and 0 percent humidity at 7:30 a.m. is a reason to call in the Vatican. Driving from Kemah after a brisk run over the Kemah bridge, I call my wife, sister and father to tell them to meet us at Pearland Coffee Roasters. All informed parties have the address. Our fancy dashboard computers will take us to this unknown shop, smack in the middle of Pearland.
Walking towards the shop’s facade I am not sure what to make of this morning’s choice, based on its strip-mall exterior. Upon entering, I realize it’s only a facade: the mundane masking the charming. Your drive-by perception taints reality; there is nothing prefabricated or tawdry looking about the interior. With the walls a warm shade of brown and paintings of blue clinging to them, my eyes find themselves comforted. As our party piddles around the long counter with its assortment of beautiful tea canisters and fresh pastries, Jeremy the barista and one half of the force behind Pearland Coffee Roasters tends to another customer’s order. Five minutes later as we continue debating on our selections, Jeremy waits, answering our queries as decisions take shape. I have a French Press, while my family orders an assortment of tea, lattes and pastries.
Our clan of seven boisterously takes over a fifth of the shop just beyond the coffee bean bags-made-wall. Lounging comfortably in the plush wicker chairs, we discuss the day’s plans. Watching other early risers slowly come in for this morning ritual brings a sense of community. A few minutes go by as our orders start to trickle out from beyond the counter. First it’s the lattes, then the french press, then the tea, and finally the pastries. The delicious taste of that morning’s roasted beans are immediately recognized by almost all present. Even the tea drinkers turn envious.
After enjoying a few too many pastries – the blueberry muffin being my favorite – we sit sipping, drinking it all in for as long as we dare. The caffeine begins signaling us towards the day’s activities and my mind churns ever faster thanks to this dark brewed stimulant. For a part of Houston supposedly devoid of personality with its master-plan homes and mini-malls, I’m finding this particular niche increasingly special. Maybe it’s the owners’ attitude that you should love where you live that’s found its way into the very atmosphere of this place. Maybe it’s that I recognize a similar drive in refuting others’ misconceptions of a city undeserving. Whatever the case, 40 minute drives for coffee will definitely be in my future. My wife nudges me out of my thoughts as the rest of the family decides it’s best that we leave, eager to make use of this beautiful day.
Where – Pearland Coffee Roasters (NEW LOCATION: 4106 Broadway) or the OLD Antigua Coffee House featured in this article (8201 Broadway St., Ste. 105)
When – Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday Closed
What – Freshly Roasted Beans, Freshly Brewed Coffee, Fairly Traded Products and Delicious Baked Pastries
How Much – Less expensive than the Seattle giants
Web – Website / Facebook