Today’s Spotlight comes from a great friend of the show, Reid Stafford. Reid is a minister and home brewing enthusiast in the Houston area with a background in the coffee industry. He enjoys staying up on industry topics and is passionate about customer service. His preferred brew method is the Kalita Wave or straight espresso.
Boomtown Coffee Roaster, a major player in the Houston coffee scene, provides coffee for multiple shops and has a retail shop of their own. The Boomtown Heights location recently underwent a massive renovation and has been completely updated. If you’re in the area, you should check it out!
Boomtown Heights has street parking and a lot across the street. What once felt slightly run down and grungy has been transformed into modern and sleek coffee shop. Filled with bright whites, grays, and geometric shapes, it now totes a straight-forward menu design (at least from a coffee nerd’s perspective) with clear items and prices with those items.
They offered a wide variety of options that one would find in most third wave and “beyond” shops, offering single origin espresso and pour-over. Boomtown also offers a wide variety of specialty coffee products and equipment like pour over devices, the Baratza Encore, and travel containers.
On my visit to Boomtown, I ordered a single origin Ethiopian Sidamo Ardi that they offered on espresso. Exploding with fruity and floral flavor notes, the shot was tasty and enjoyable. They use a Synesso espresso machine with multiple grinders on bar.
To continue my sampling of single origin offerings, I also tried their El Salvador Cafe Colombia as a pour-over. It tasted good and was a solid coffee. But compared to the shot of espresso it was a little underwhelming. And when I consider the cost of the pour-over, I’m going to stick with the drip coffee on my next visit.
The total price was $9 for the shot and the pour-over. Both were served in porcelain mugs, but neither mug was pre-heated and warm when I was served. For the cost, I felt there should have been some added niceties to make it worth it.
Boomtown’s service was acceptable but not extraordinary. The cashier freely described their various offerings but did not go into detail on tasting notes or any other information. There was a line behind me and they were fairly busy, but I still would’ve like a little more engagement.
Overall Boomtown is an impressive brand that offers quality coffee and modern atmosphere. It’s well worth the visit if you ever find yourself in the Houston area.