Downtown Harlingen has scored big points with the addition of the new stylish coffee shop, Bandera Coffee Co. This coffee shop just recently opened, boasting excellent roasts. It takes pride in the origin and source of its coffee with a pour over menu consisting of Ethiopian, Costa Rican and Mexican beans. Flavor profiles range from bright notes of kiwi, apple and grape to refreshing key lime, butterscotch and smooth cocoa.
It was around 2010 when owners and operators Ashley and Thomas Garcia had their interest piqued with the complexities of coffee.
I was in Illinois at a music festival and we had a friend, who owns his own coffee shop in San Antonio and was making coffee at the festival, bring me a cup. It was my first time having a pour over through a Chemex. The different nuances completely opened our understanding of what coffee can be,” says Thomas.
After the first cup of brew, (cold brew is a favorite) one can note that this isn’t just about the coffee but also the flavors and characteristics it carries. Here patrons find a balanced cup of coffee with little to no need for added sweetener. The usual bitterness of overly extracted coffee is nowhere to be tasted.
The look of the clean lines of the new coffee shop come courtesy of the Department of Brewology based out of Austin, who helped the Garcia’s with the artwork and branding.
It creates a relaxing environment to bring a laptop to work or have a meeting with a client. For relaxation, patrons curl up on the black leather couch with a book. Little ones can be partake in the treats of chocolate milk and fresh baked pastry made by French chef Olivier Nicol with Olivier’s French Sweets.
In the community
Bandera Coffee Co. has plans to bring live music acts on a seasonal basis and participates in Downtown Harlingen’s monthly Art Night every last Friday of the month. For this month’s Art Night on Sept. 28, Bandera will host five artists as well as a special solo performance by Danica Salazar of popular Valley band, Dezorah.
Community events and involvement is something that the Garcia’s know to be vital to the growth of their new business. Last month Bandera hosted a successful Cars and Coffee event with RGV Modern Mopar Car and Truck Club. They are planning the next one for Oct. 27.