Local owned coffee shops [Title change]

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scd88
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The line for the Starbucks was on the side street (in other words, out of the parking lot) at Tower Point. The Rock Prairie one is similar.

There are a number of locally owned coffee shops; why do our residents keep giving a chain like Starbucks business?

Gogh Gogh
Last Shot Espresso

These are just two in S College Station.

[We have changed the title of this thread and cleaned up some posts to make it easier to read and easier for posters to find local shops that they may not have known about. -Staff]
Kbeauty63
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TBH - the Starbucks I go to is the closest coffee shop to home & work. And LOCALS work in the Starbucks
joho
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... 1541 Pastries & Coffee

etc.

Your sentiment is a noble one but I'd guess most of the cars lined up at those places have no idea what a TexAgs is.
bobinator
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We should probably start a new thread for local coffee if people aren't aware. The new What's the Buzz location has seating and you can get coffee there now and Polite coffee in the Kyle House is nice also and roasts beans there too which gives us a second roaster in town which is pretty cool.
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Dutch Brothers is longer than Starbucks.

What is their attraction?
jeffk
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What's the Buzz & Polite are both excellent. Love their beans. (Babe's serves Polite brew now too if you're looking for a pastry or sandwich to go with your coffee.)

Also a big fan of Harvest, but going to the bigger chains isn't bad and has it's place as well. The lines have always been long, but more folks use drive-thru than walk-in now, so that's been aggrevated.
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I think there's a confluence of appeals.

1) it's better than starbucks
2) there's not a starbucks (or any drive thru coffee place) other than Dutch Bro's on Wellborn
3) the line moves quick. If you haven't been, it's like Chick Fil A, they have like six people outside taking orders before you even get up near the menu thing.
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At Polite you get a free drink if you buy a bag of beans, that's a pretty good deal.
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bobinator said:

I think there's a confluence of appeals.

1) it's better than starbucks
2) there's not a starbucks (or any drive thru coffee place) other than Dutch Bro's on Wellborn
3) the line moves quick. If you haven't been, it's like Chick Fil A, they have like six people outside taking orders before you even get up near the menu thing.
Dunkin says Howdy! They are probably more popular for their coffee than donuts
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No love for Minuti on University?
tamufan
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Starbucks is fine; to each his own. Popular and ubiquitous; the McDonalds of coffee. But how about some love for La Gabriella's Coffeeshop and Pastries. On Texas right across from TAMU. Try the avocado toast with your pour-over.
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bobinator said:

At Polite you get a free drink if you buy a bag of beans, that's a pretty good deal.


Oh, absolutely. We've already taken advantage of this special 3x.
jeffk
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Gaby's is great! I'm just never over there by campus any more.

Also, my hot coffee take is that McD's has the best coffee of any fastfood chain (including Starbucks).
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bobinator said:

We should probably start a new thread for local coffee if people aren't aware. The new What's the Buzz location has seating and you can get coffee there now and Polite coffee in the Kyle House is nice also and roasts beans there too which gives us a second roaster in town which is pretty cool.

Agree. The best pizza thread is a good one.

BTW 1541 gets my vote for best coffee. If you haven't been, or are wondering what it is, do yourself a favor and go get some. Great pastries as well.
bobinator
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If you want to try What's the Buzz, granted the beans are better when you get them freshly roasted directly at their store, but they sell What's the Buzz beans at HEB.
trouble
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I need Blake to hurry up downtown because I'm missing the Zeitman's blend from WTB
Rockdoc
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Used to buy beans at what's the buzz. Anybody have a recommendation for their best bean? I think I used to get their good stuff blend.
jeffk
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We like their Guatemala and Mexico Chiapas roasts the best.
trouble
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My favorites are the Tanzania Peaberry and Ethiopia Longberry
bobinator
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I like their Columbia Supremo as my like normal everyday cup but I recommend following them on Instagram (they probably post on facebook too but I don't really use Facebook) for when they have their 'microlots,' some of those are really good.
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Just tried Last Shot. Drive thru, with food options. Calories on the menu, quick and cheerful staff. Coffee was great, you can customize. Don't generally buy coffee out, prefer to buy What's the Buzz and make my own.
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Sweet Eugene's if in CS, Babe's if in Bryan
tamufan
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I really don't go to a coffee shop just for the coffee. I could make that at home, even if not always quite the same. I go to a coffee shop for both coffee and to spend time in a different work environment. So if I go I am almost always staying awhile. But I definitely see the point about the drive-thru.

I don't think Point of View at the Stella has been mentioned. A nice shop for my purpose. It doesn't have a drive thru. I thought twice before mentioning them, because I like the option of going there even if I don't exercise that option very often, and it doesn't need a larger customer base.
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no, what I was pointing out the 'hate' on Starbucks vs. 'local coffee shops'. To each their own - go where you want to, but hating on the 'national' chains vs. the local guy is pointless to me. The Baristas at Starbucks live here & contribute to the economy just as much as the local 'home owned' ones do.
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bee_mechanic said:

Sweet Eugene's if in CS, Babe's if in Bryan
Babe's Doughnuts is Polite Coffee
I think Burger Mojo uses What's the Buzz Coffee

I like local business synergy
bobinator
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I haven't tried Last Shot yet. I'm interested in where they source their beans from also.

If anyone doesn't know, Last Shot is Floyd Raven's place. I think they had a small setup out at the RELLIS campus for a while.
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bobinator said:

bee_mechanic said:

Sweet Eugene's if in CS, Babe's if in Bryan
Babe's Doughnuts is Polite Coffee
I think Burger Mojo uses What's the Buzz Coffee

I like local business synergy


Blue Baker is What's the Buzz too, iirc.
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Yessir
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My GoTo Starbucks is the one inside Rock Prairie Kroger. They are consistent

Love Dutch but don't 45min line love em so only been a couple times.
scd88
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Kbeauty63 said:

no, what I was pointing out the 'hate' on Starbucks vs. 'local coffee shops'. To each their own - go where you want to, but hating on the 'national' chains vs. the local guy is pointless to me. The Baristas at Starbucks live here & contribute to the economy just as much as the local 'home owned' ones do.


They are putting another Starbucks up on Wellborn and SW Parkway. These national chains want nothing more than to put the little guy out of business. Sometimes going to these places is unavoidable; the point of my post was to not rip on Starbucks (their politics aside) but to point out we have local options that would better serve our community.

If we learned nothing from the past year is that we need to do whatever we can to support our local businesses. Why you're so defensive about Starbucks is beyond me.
bobinator
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Well there's about to be several more Dutch Bro's. Not sure if that's going to ease the line at Wellborn or just create more lines more places though, haha.
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Aggie@state.gov said:

Dutch Brothers is longer than Starbucks.

What is their attraction?
Apparently the Dutch Bros on Wellborn Rd is the only location in Texas (or was?)... and I'm told they have a loyal following elsewhere, at least in the Pacific NW, because of "their vibe".

I'm not a sit-in-a-coffee-drivethru guy either, but a friend of ours from FtWorth detoured over to hit it specifically on a recent trip from Hou.
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Yes, we have the first ones in Texas. Cool for the company to take a chance on CS!
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joho said:

Aggie@state.gov said:

Dutch Brothers is longer than Starbucks.

What is their attraction?
Apparently the Dutch Bros on Wellborn Rd is the only location in Texas (or was?)... and I'm told they have a loyal following elsewhere, at least in the Pacific NW, because of "their vibe".

I'm not a sit-in-a-coffee-drivethru guy either, but a friend of ours from FtWorth detoured over to hit it specifically on a recent trip from Hou.


I am the furthest thing from a coffee snob possible. Even scoff at those who try to be. Hate Starbucks and most of the trendy coffee outlets.

That being said, Dutch Bros actually has fantastic drinks that are priced right. Even my super biased ass can't hate on them for their product. I do hate their vibe though. Wayyyy too chatty for my tastes. Can't they tell I'm a bitter man who would rather stare at my wheel in silence than tell a stranger all about my plans that day?

bobinator
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Oh my god I know they're way too nice and energetic. It's 7:30 AM and I want some coffee, I'm not trying to be best friends.
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