In 1973, House of Coffee Beans established itself as one of the first sources of whole bean gourmet coffee in Houston. A couple of years later, we began roasting our own coffee rather than buying from a third-party supplier, so that we could ensure the quality and consistency of our product. A pre-World War II coffee roaster was acquired from Germany, and meticulously reassembled. As we grew, we acquired another roaster; another German half-bag. All roasting is done in our German roasters in the old-world tradition — in small, hand-tended batches.
Our core values are centered on quality, freshness, sustainability and accountability. We look very carefully at the approach and practices of our estate farmers to ensure that sustainable, eco-aware practices are followed, and that everyone involved in producing the estate’s coffees is fairly and properly compensated — and that all of the foregoing can be verified.
Coffee cupping, or coffee tasting, is the practice of observing the tastes and aromas of brewed coffee. The taster measures aspects of the coffee's taste, specifically the body, sweetness, acidity, flavor, and aftertaste. We cup all of our bean selections to make sure they meet our high standards before choosing them to carry them in our store.
We also believe that an estate’s careful stewardship of the land and the crop is reflected in a superior cup quality. All our coffees are produced by small, family-owned estates. We seek out only the very best in each growing region, import those coffees, and roast them as they are ordered. This philosophy has guided our small company since 1973. We are grateful for our many loyal friends and customers and we continue to welcome new folks who are looking for something special.
Our pre-World War II German coffee roaster arrived disassembled; the manual and any documentation had been destroyed. After a meticulously reassembly, it earned the name Madame Hasbean, has served us well ever since.
Brands and Products available In-Store
Electric Coffee Makers by - TechniVorm and Bonvita
Bodum - Grinders, French Press, Frother, Air-Tight Storage Jars
Chemex - Glass Pour-Overs, Unbleached Filters FSU-100
Melitta - Filters #2, #4, #6, Pour-Over Cones (Plastic & Ceramic), JavaJig Keurig Adaptor with filters
Toddy Café - Cold-Brew System, Replacement Filters, Rubber Stoppers, Replacement Carafes
Highwave - Vacuum Travel Mugs, AutoDogMug, Double-Walled Glass Mugs
Aerobie - Aeropress, filters
Italian Espress - Tea Infuser Balls, Mesh Filters, Large Drip Cones, Espresso Accessories, Stove-Top Espresso Maker
London Pottery - Pebble Teapots
Finum - Tea Infuser Baskets