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Posted Tue Jan 7, 2014, 11:29am
Subject: New Houston cafe in Rice Village
 

I just heard about Mercantile Coffee which opened up across from Torchy's on Morningside a couple of months ago.  I'm told it's not at all related to the now closed Dallas house with the same name, but rather, is owned by the same people who own Catalina Coffee.  Again, so I'm told...the odd part is I heard that Mercantile is using Intelligentsia beans, while Catalina (at least last time I was there) uses Amaya.  So...the questions are:

1) Has anyone been there, and if so, what did you think of it?
2) Is any or all of the above background information correct?

 
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Posted Tue Jan 14, 2014, 8:50pm
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I checked it out briefly today, a I needed to buy decaf beans for my wife's morning latte. They're using coffees from both Intelly and Amaya.  They've got a 2 group Strada and are grinding with K30-Twin. Since i was buying beans, they offered me a free drink. I got a cortado since I was short on time. It was smooth and creamy, and well balanced. I plan to go back soon and give them a real go, so will report back again. In the meantime, maybe someone else will give them a try?

 
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Posted Tue Jan 21, 2014, 2:20pm
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Haven't been there myself.  I love places in the Village but can't stand going over there.

Sounds like they're opening a second location in Montrose:
Click Here (swamplot.com)

emradguy Said:

Is any or all of the above background information correct?

Posted January 7, 2014 link

Culturemap and Houstonia make it sound like Max has an onwership stake but the comment on Swamplot form Catalina makes it sound like the opposite.
Click Here (houston.culturemap.com)
Click Here (www.houstoniamag.com)

I haven't actually seen Max in a long time and haven't talked to him directly about it.
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