Houston >Restaurants > Catalina Coffee
2201 Washington Ave, Houston, TX | Directions 7700729.768050 -95.380659
Neighborhoods: Washington Ave./ Memorial Park, Central
Catalina is simple, but very serious about their coffee. The Almond croissant is also so yummy, perfect with a cappuccino!
This is just a perfect place to relax. They have great coffee in here, I really enjoy their iced coffee, and it’s the best. There can be a lot of people in here so be warned.
Best when you have three drinks at a time! – I recall with fondness the caffeine buzz due to my my average 2.75 per-visit drink consumption at Catalina. I went there with one main intention: to have an amazing coffee experience. I didn't come to make friends with the baristas, I didn't bring my laptop. I came to drink some friggin DELICIOUS coffee. Cortados and cubano breves thrilled my soul.
If you go to this (tiny) coffee shop expecting a Starbucksian enterprise where employees couldn't care less about the condition of things beyond the bar, you'll be disappointed. The owner put his personal stamp on the interior design (I think he basically built the interior) and clearly takes a great deal of pride in his product. Some of the folks who have complained may have expected a "customer is always right" attitude from the top-of-their-game employees, but really--is the customer always right (there is some SERIOUS self-entitlement out there)?
Catalina is a beautiful place to enjoy an amazing cup of coffee. If it's not sweet enough, add sugar, but trust me--the people preparing and serving you drink know what they're doing.
Now I'm abroad and I recommend it whenever possible in hopes that I can hear about it from my friends and vicariously enjoy Catalina's delights!
Cute Coffee Shop! – This coffee shop on Washington is a great addition to the scene there. Instead of a pretentious coffee shop, you get quality coffee with baristas who know what they are doing!
I got a simple iced coffee, but my friends got a french press coffee and a cookie with pistachio, chocolate and raspberries. They have cozy music and a chill atmosphere.
Adequate selection of books to choose from, but no laptop plugs, which I was saddened to learn had been removed. But I do think that is it a nice change of pace from the Starbucks shop where there are several people taking up chairs/plugs for hours on end!
All in all, a great place to have a fabulous cup of coffee!
Catalinas Coffee is the BEST coffee in Houston – By far, Catalina's Coffee is the most tasty and delicious coffee in Houston. I literally am driving 20 minutes from my house to pick up a cup 3-4 times a week. I love it. The only comparison is some of the delicious coffee I have enjoyed in Europe. With that said, 20 minutes doesn't seem that far away :O) I love quality! Life is just too short to settle for less!
Oustanding coffee made by expert baristas – Of the coffee houses that I have visited in Houston, Catalina by far has the best quality coffee. If you are looking for great tasting coffee that is made by baristas with experience and know how then this should be your first stop. I frequent Catalina and consistently they serve up excellent espresso.
They use different blends and origins of espresso so if you don't like how it tastes on one day I would definitely try again on another day. One of my favorite drinks is the Cortado which I believe is equal parts espresso and milk.
The shop itself has a nice coffee shop ambiance to it, nothing out of the ordinary but it does display some outstanding local art by artist Kelley Devine.
If there is anything I don't like about Catalina it would be that they close at 8 pm. Sometimes too it's a little on the dark side, especially in the evening. Which is good for nice close conversations but not so great for trying to read a good book.
I noticed there are a number of bad reviews here about how the baristas treat the customers but I have never had any problems. In fact most are very friendly and happy to help you out.
Great coffee served by jerks – The coffee would have been perfect had it not included a heaping dose of attitude from the guy serving it. What a jerk.
Had an OUTSTANDING breve cubano this afternoon. A real coffee revelation. And I appreciate that it was on the house after buying a pound of beans. Great place to read quietly for 20 minutes before continuing with the day.
Get Over It – I don't think it's quite fair to this jewel of an independent coffee house that the last two ppl have slammed this place because they can't sit on their laptops and use up electricity. You can't expect a small business to be happy with being abused by customers who expect to be treated like royalty for their purchase of a drip or a three to four dollar whatever. It costs money for you guys to sit there and write your books that will never get published or f@ck around on facebook or check your emails hoping you'll get a life sometime soon. It's extremely selfish that these people expect for a small business to foot the electricity bill and the space these people take up for other paying customers that are there for the coffee and not the free ride on their internet. Jeez, go to Starbucks if you want to surf the internet or your own house for that matter. Independent coffee shops don't need ignorant folks like you anyway. I do have to state that I do not work here nor any other coffee shop but I love coffee and am tired of people taking up the best spots in the house for HOURS AND HOURS ON END. Besides, I don't think anyone of these people realize that cords stretched out across the floor is a liability for the owner himself. Someone trips and breaks a leg, he gets sued not the laptop user. Please try to see it from another point of view and look past your own selfish bubble and try and see why someone would be covering the outlets. A business owner does not want to get rid of customers but a smart business owner has to cut costs especially with the economy the way it is.
Now, the coffee is good and these guys have obviously done their research. Go for the good coffee and not the free ride and you will be satified.
Are you kidding me? – Unfortunately, I'm not much of a connoisseur when it comes to coffee drinks so I can't comment much on the quality of the drinks at Catalina Coffee. What I do know a little about, however, is business and customer service - a quality clearly not shared by the folks running the joint.
I sat down to drink my coffee and catch up on some emails when I noticed that all the power outlets had been covered since the last time I'd visited. I figured that maybe the outlets were faulty and that the problem would be resolved soon, so I asked the guys at the counter. I was shocked at their response, "people would just buy a cup of coffee and just hang out for three hours. And it wasn't real conducive to our business."
Seriously? At 6pm, the place was more than half empty. There was no line of frustrated folks waiting for tables, and based on what I learned of Catalina's idiotic and incompetent management today, there never should be.
Wow. The worst experience in my life. – I have never had a worse experience in a coffee shop than I did after going to Catalina's. My family is out of our house due to the hurricane. We went to Catalina because we heard they had wifi after the storm. The coffee was mediocre but they were providing a service and we gladly paid for it.
After about 90 min, an employee came to us and said "sorry guys, you've outstayed your welcome." Then, when I asked if he treated all customers this way he replied "you're not much of a customer. I'd just spent $30 in the last 2 days in this place. While no fortune, it is a lot for a place that makes money $3 at a time. I was dismayed. He was completely rude and made it where it became a confrontation in front of all the other customers. 3 other customers left with us.
I have never had such customer service anywhere in my life. As a small business owner.... I cannot believe someone so dependent on customer service would allow their employees to act in such a way.
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