I’ve been on a journey to making the best coffee I can at home. I recently discovered the french press, and I’ve been using it consistently since. It took me a while to figure out how to get the perfect hot coffee. And by the time I was able to find my ideal combination, the weather in Texas started to get hotter and hotter slowly. So I began to experiment with how to make the best at-home cold brew. And I believe that I now have it down packed. I use my french press for both making hot coffee and cold brew. And it has yet to disappoint. Okay, Okay enough rambling…. let’s move on to how I make my coffee.
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Best Coffee Shops in North Houston
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WHAT TO USE
The french press does all the straining for you. No more cheese cloths or separate strainers. It’s super convenient. You can purchase a 3 cup(12oz), 4 cup (17oz), 8 cup (34oz), and 12 cup(51oz) french press. It all depends on your coffee consumption, but I feel like the 34oz french press is a perfect size.
Course ground coffee
They say the best way to make coffee is to ground your coffee fresh before using it. That seems like too much work for me. I decided to try different types of cold brew coffee that’s already ground. And I landed on the Stone Street Cold Brew Coffee. It is strong without an acidic, bitter taste. The result is a smooth drink that’s perfect for adding milk or creamer. However, I wouldn’t use this for hot coffee. It has an entirely different taste when it’s not cold brew.
HOW TO MAKE THE COLD BREW
I’ve found that I prefer the 8oz (1 cup) of coffee to 5 cups of water ratio. This ratio makes really strong coffee that can withstand adding milk or creamer. If you don’t prefer strong coffee, do an 8oz (1 cup) of coffee to 8 cups of water ratio. Also, take into account your coffee becoming diluted with ice cubes.
8 oz (1 cup) of Stone Street Course Ground Cold Brew
5 cups of filtered water
8 oz (1 cup) of Stone Street Course Ground Cold Brew
8 cups of filtered water
- Pour the coffee ground into the bottom of the french press
- Pour some of the water over the grounds making sure to wet all the grounds. Give it a slight mix if you miss some of the grounds.
- Pour the rest of the water over the coffee grounds into the french press.
- Place the lid on without pressing the handle down
- Brew in the refrigerator for 20 hours. Or on the counter for 14 to 18 hours
Whether I’m in my city or traveling, I love finding new coffee shops. Its something about trying different shops takes on classics. And I’m always down to see what type of pastries they have as well. I’ve been in Houston for the last four years, so I’ve tried a lot of different shops. I wanted to share the 5 best coffee shops in the North Houston area because Houston’s metropolitan area is so big. This list is for everyone that doesn’t want to drive in downtown Houston’s crazy traffic for a cup of coffee.
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5 Best Coffee Shops In North Houston
11729 Spring Cypress Rd, Tomball, TX 77377
Cafe Marrese is the OG on this list. I’ve been going here for a few years now. And I have yet to have anything that I didn’t like here. The breakfast is delicious! I have to recommend the Allen Breakfast, which comes with a half waffle with eggs, bacon, sausage, or turkey sausage. Of course, I have to get a coffee. My go-to drink at a coffee shop is a vanilla latte, and I love how smooth theirs is. I’ve tried their seasonal lattes, and they are amazing as well. I would recommend the coconut latte if they ever bring it back.
21 Waterway Ave, The Woodlands, TX 77380
Blue Door is one of my newest favorites. It’s in the Woodlands area near the waterway. This shop is beautiful. If you’re looking for an Instagram photo moment, this coffee shop is the perfect spot. They have seating for everyone’s needs, from booths, tables, sofas, and bar space. If you’re hungry, I would also try the cinnamon roll. The only downside is the parking. There is parallel parking near and also a parking deck within walking distance.
25136 Grogans Park Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380
Third Gen is my low-key coffee shop. It’s in a tucked away plaza with yoga studios and dry bars. The shop isn’t huge, but it does have upstairs and downstairs seating. I would recommend the caramel macchiato latte! It’s so good and not too sweet. They also sell bagged coffee and Sttoke reusable coffee cups.
2501 Research Forest Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77381
What is better than a cupcake bakery that also has fantastic coffee? Crave has some of the best cupcakes that I’ve had in Houston. The red velvet, strawberry, and coconut are some of my favorites. Oh, and they also have delicious brownies. Okay, back to the coffee. They have the classic coffee/espresso options, but I love the new cupcake latte.
3555 Rayford Rd #10, Spring, TX 77386
Momentum is another Instagram worthy coffee shop. The large floral wallpaper is gorgeous is perfect for a picturesque backdrop. The vanilla latte is delicious and excellent, both hot and iced. It doesn’t have the bitter coffee taste that some lattes can have, but it’s not overly sweet either. Since this is Texas, try the breakfast tacos as well. They have bar seating if you’re there for a quick drink and table seating if you’re there to work.
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