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Posted Thu Oct 4, 2012, 12:18pm
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If you're interested in buying a Baratza grinder.  Tuscany Coffee at Greenway Plaza sells them.  They also roast.  They also make the best espresso-based drinks in Houston - commercially.  It's definitely worth checking out.  They validate parking too. Lastly, they're opening a second location in the Montrose area soon.

Two other places to go for coffee in Houston are...Revival Market in the Heights, and Catalina Coffee on Washington Blvd (between the heights and downtown).

I've heard of a local machine retailer, somewhere downtown, but that may be a myth or thing of the past.

 
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Posted Thu Oct 4, 2012, 2:57pm
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Thanks for the info.

I've heard about Catalina from a couple people, haven't tried it yet. If Tuscany opens in Montrose that'd be perfect as it's where we're moving to :)
So far our favourite place is Double Trouble on Main St in Fourth Ward. It's close and good for a cup before work. Looking forward to making my own again in a week or two.

Will check out Tuscany for the grinder. The expensive homewares store in that shopping centre across from Central Market (I'll learn the names eventually) has the Breville machine for standard retail price too. Could grab it all in one day :)
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Posted Thu Oct 4, 2012, 5:55pm
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Highland Village.

When you stop by Tuscany/Greenway, ask them exactly where they're opening the other store and when.  I'm thinking they said this Fall, somewhere around Alabama and Shepherd.

Haven't tried Double Trouble.

 
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Posted Fri Oct 5, 2012, 9:31am
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Will do.

Just did a Goolgé search, and it shows one on McKinney St, Downtown: Maps. Do you know if this is the same shop, or perhaps an old address?
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Posted Fri Oct 5, 2012, 9:33am
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Hmmm, maybe it's a glitch in the Matrix. Yelp tells me there another one on Fannin St Downtown as well.
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Posted Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:55am
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I don't think so.  that one says Tuscan, not Tuscany. Also, the baristas at Tuscany/Greenway told me there the new one, opening soon was going to be a second shop...and that they were mentally preparing for the increased opening hours because it was going to be out in the public (instead of inside a food court.

 
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Posted Mon Oct 8, 2012, 8:10pm
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I see. Fair enough. My wife and I went to Greenway Plaza on the weekend — tuns out it was closed. I guess it's more an office plaza than a shopping one. Heh.
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Posted Tue Oct 9, 2012, 11:07am
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yeah...sorry to hear about that. It's all office buildings over there.  I guess I should have been explicit about that.  The coffee bar hours are something like 7am - 4pm, M-F only.  For the future, they do have their hours on their website.  Anyways, that's why I said the baristas were getting geared up mentally for having to work "retail" hours when the new location opens.

 
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Posted Tue Oct 9, 2012, 8:12pm
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Nah, all good. We're still exploring Houston so it was good to have a reason to get out that way (other than our search for Vegemite :)
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Posted Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:01pm
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Popped back in quickly to let everyone know the guys and gals of Tuscany coffee have opened their new spot in Montrose, called Blacksmith.
On the corner of Waugh and Westheimer. That is all for the moment.
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