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dfan92
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Posted Mon Feb 14, 2011, 10:04am
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@ Tagg, I can definitely vouch for the places in Austin, I'm assuming UT just propelled the need for a better cup in the area? Sadly, there isn't the same connection in Houston.
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Posted Mon Feb 14, 2011, 10:34am
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I've been taking a class at the UH main campus this semester, and so I drop in at Catalina sometimes on my way to school.  I have been there twice in tha last 3 weeks and both times I had a very good experience.  

The seem to run 2 different coffees at a time for espresso, and I usually get a double espresso of each kind.  Last Wednesday they had a Kenya and a Rwanda, both were lovely and each was distinctly different.  The kenya was fairly bright and citrusy (maybe tangerines with floral hints), while the Rwanda was bigtime juicy with ripened plum/apricot tones.  

EDIT - On both trips my ridepool partner had drinks as well, two weeks ago he had a straight shot of El Salvador SO, and last week he had a cappucino with a lovely artpour.  He seemed to really enjoy drinking each one (no sugar)

As a note, I get there between 4 and 5 PM and they have been briskly busy but we were served quickly and efficiently.  

It seems that some others have had less than stellar experiences, but for myself I feel like Catalina Coffee Co. is one of the very few shops in Houston where I'm willing to have coffee outside of my home.

 
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Posted Tue Feb 15, 2011, 6:37pm
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I have to agree with Jon on this one.  Iíve never been disappointed by Catalina, and while Iíve had some less-than-excellent drinks, it was always due to a new and relatively untrained barista, but thatís a problem that works itself out there.

Max has forgotten more about coffee than most of us will ever know...

Also, RobertL, if weíre going to be fair, we should try a drink thatís true to the coffee served at each establishment.  Drip or straight espresso lends itself to a fair comparison, not a vanilla latte IMHO.

 
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Posted Tue Feb 15, 2011, 7:47pm
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Wouldn't it also come down to the fact where the coffee itself is sourced? just seems like an extraneous that would make for a better comparison of coffee quality.
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Posted Wed Feb 16, 2011, 10:54am
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ryantann Said:

Also, RobertL, if weíre going to be fair, we should try a drink thatís true to the coffee served at each establishment.  Drip or straight espresso lends itself to a fair comparison, not a vanilla latte IMHO.

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I see your point I'll have to go back and try drip or straight espresso for a better comparison.
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Posted Wed Feb 16, 2011, 11:07am
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Saw this Top 10 Coffee Houses link on Twitter yesterday from the Houston Press and thought I should pass it along in case it proves helpful in your quest.

Not being local, I haven't had the pleasure to try any of these locations.

 
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Posted Wed Feb 16, 2011, 1:30pm
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cofee at a taqueria? that's news to me. additionally, the comment about inversion, sadly can be true at most times.
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Posted Wed Feb 23, 2011, 4:51pm
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Tuscany and Catalina = me happy
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Posted Wed Feb 23, 2011, 5:24pm
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I just heard today from a barista elsewhere in Texas that a new shop is opening up in the Montrose area, I believe it was called Revolution.  They'll be brewing beans from Amaya/Catalina.  Hopefully it'll give Inversion some much-needed competition.

 
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Posted Fri Mar 4, 2011, 11:20am
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I'm looking forward to the new shop in Montrose...anyone know if/when an opening day can be expected?
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