BlendIn Coffee Club is located at B, 8410 US-90 ALT, Sugar Land, TX 77478

 

 

 

Welcome to BlendIn Coffee Club!

Happy Belated Birthday to BlendIn who just turned 1 in November.  BlendIn is a perfect combination of modern style blended with old soul.  The modern-feel ventures from the white brick wall outside, the sleek-simplicity of the logo, and the live succulents nestled at every table.  Adorning the walls are world maps of coffee, the coffee process, and the exemplary love of staff, with certificates of course completions for baristas and brewers.

 

The old soul takes a minute to get to know, but it’s so worth while.  You won’t find a brew blended with more passion, knowledge, and love.  Exploring the website, the first post I found was that of two employees who traveled to Brazil to attend the Specialty Coffee Association’s Origin Trip, where attendees enjoy learning about the farms, cupping sessions, and sharing the experience with fellow coffee-lovers from around the world.  Making my way through Nick & Josh’s experience, one word came to mind: passion! As I continue to read, Nick writes “people aren’t in coffee for the money, but because of the passion”.

 

If I wasn’t already, what hooked me to this shop was the About Us page and the BlendIn Philosophy.  Owner & Founder Weihong Zhang found coffee in pursuit of happiness and fulfillment, and that’s what coffee could bring not just to him but to others around the world. Another passion of his is travel and he goes on to explain “Opening a coffee house doesn’t offer one the opportunity to see the world. Opening a coffee house that brings the world to its customers does.”

 

What truly poured into my heart about this shop were the little details, from the shop to the cup and reading the owner’s story is a further reminder that life is best enjoyed in the subtleties of the every day. And also: “Life is too short to drink bad coffee, let us start pursuing the best cup together.”

 

Kathryn Garza is a graduate of the Bauer Honors Program at the University of Houston. She studied Finance and completed the Certified Financial Planning curriculum. she is currently pursuing her CFP® designation. Kathryn also graduated from the Summer Venture in Management Program at HArvard Business School.

She is a native of the Rio Grande Valley where she spent her childhold playing soccer, performing in local theater, and helping her grandmother’s small-business. She is the eldest of three with two younger brothers and a loving home protected by four dogs.

Away from the office, Kathryn is a member of the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, The Women’s Fund, and the C.T. Bauer College of Business Alumni Committee.

Kathryn Garza

Financial Services Professional, MassMutual

The Aloha Spirit

In the heart of Houston, nestled on a corner lot in the Medical Center, you’ll find Java Lava Brew. Beyond a good cup of coffee and a place to read and work, Java Lava feels like visiting your best-friend-of-twenty-years- home for Friday night dinner, a tradition you’ve followed for years. And that’s part of the narrative of how this shop came to be and those best friends are owners Lynne and Su.

A close family friend was diagnosed with cancer and the reality of mortality shifted their perspective on life and its fragility. Su was in need of a creative outlet and Lynne wanted to venture into something they truly enjoyed, beyond their career. This led them to Hawaii where they happened upon a house they both fell in love with. The house looked like one of Su’s designs (Su has decades of experience as an architect), which immediately made them feel at home. In addition to the home, the land came with a coffee farm where over 250 organic coffee trees grow. This is where the seed of Java Lava Brew begin to grow.

Brewed Coffee

Hawaiian Soda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lynne and Su began to learn how to grow coffee beans and the ins and outs of going from the tree to the brew. Su began designing Java Lava Brew and both poured their heart into what they wanted this shop to be. Every line in their design is intentional, from the entry-way and outdoor patio, to the wrap-around bar and family-style table in the middle of the restaurant.  All of their coffee grounds remain organic and come from their home in Hawaii.  This shop feels like its own little paradise, where you park in Houston but walk into Hawaii as soon as you cross the archway entrance.

Quiche of the Day

If there’s one thing I must emphasize about this shop, it’s how at-home it makes one feel. In my short hour with Lynn, she greeted three close family friends as soon as they walked into the shop. She told me stories of sitting next to strangers who are regulars and how they turned from strangers to friends. She and Su value the face-to-face interaction and learning about people, their experience, and their stories.

You might walk in a stranger, but you’ll leave as family and that is the aloha spirit.

Kathryn Garza is a graduate of the Bauer Honors Program at the University of Houston. She studied Finance and completed the Certified Financial Planning curriculum. she is currently pursuing her CFP® designation. Kathryn also graduated from the Summer Venture in Management Program at HArvard Business School.

She is a native of the Rio Grande Valley where she spent her childhold playing soccer, performing in local theater, and helping her grandmother’s small-business. She is the eldest of three with two younger brothers and a loving home protected by four dogs.

Away from the office, Kathryn is a member of the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, The Women’s Fund, and the C.T. Bauer College of Business Alumni Committee.

Kathryn Garza

Financial Services Professional, MassMutual

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