Houston pastor Rudy Rasmus started with the idea that good coffee shops develop fellowship and understanding in a community. Then he went looking for good partners and a good space that provided an opportunity to contribute part of the profits to his other project, relieving homelessness through Temenos CDC. Read the review at Conde Nast Traveler. Hungry? Find more black-owned restaurants here.
Max Gonzales invented a new business model for his Catalina Coffee shop and enriched the Houston coffee scene. Catering to coffee connoisseurs, the shop sits just west of downtown and attracts both office and creative professionals. Learn more of his story in a great interview by Katharine Shilcutt.
Housed in an industrial space in East Downtown Houston, Tout Suite offers diverse seating for remote working or meeting friends. The sophisticated menu is eclectic and on trend. The macarons are legendary. Plus they offer excellent coffee drinks, beer and wine… and lots of good Instagram opportunities.
EQ Heights is a social house and cafe nestled in a walkable Houston neighborhood full of historic homes. The cafe itself is a converted cottage, rebuilt by founder Kevin Blasini to provide soft natural light, wood surfaces, and a welcoming environment for meeting friends or working away from home.