Mid-County cafe strives to bring fresh, innovative taste to community
Mid-County has a new watering hole — or rather, a caffeine canteen.
David Pool, Alicia Huber, Jason Robbins and the restaurateur Randy Edwards brought a fresh concept - and a fresh cup of coffee - to Port Neches with The Avenue Coffee & Cafe.
“We have a passion for liquid in general and offering the highest quality we can,” said Edwards, a Southeast Texas native who moved back to the area. “I think the non-alcohol realm has a lot of opportunity because it reaches across every aspect. We felt we could fill a void and offer something a little different. We’re a destination coffee shop for sure.”
With a strong social media presence and a manager with restaurant and bar experience, the group uses individual strengths to promote and grow the business.
With no background in coffee among the partners, just a love for it, Pool set out for a coffee class in Dallas, bringing back ideas to turn their vision into reality. Afterward, he scrapped their previous plans and turned them in a new direction.
The cafe specializes in coffee and tea you can’t find anywhere else in town, serving Cuvée out of Austin, Oak Cliff out of the Dallas area and Geva coffee out of Houston, which has a very popular cold brew.
Aiming to serve the freshest coffee possible, the partners invested in SP9 single cup brewers, which allows them to make a consistent cup of coffee that takes 3 minutes and is brewed fresh for anyone that walks in the door.
It gives the customer more options
“It’s not like making a batch of two gallons that’s going to sit on the counter for two hours. It’s worth the wait,” said Edwards, who has since transferred his partnership in the cafe to his wife, Brieann Edwards.
The Avenue Coffee & Cafe opened during the Port Neches’ annual Art Walk on the Avenue in November, inviting people in and offering free coffee to those looking at the new space.
Drinks include a white chocolate mocha, nitro cold-brew coffee and a single-origin seasonal drip.
They have have nitro cold brew in house and serve it over ice as well. The cold brew brownies have proved a hit.
Non-coffee options include the hibiscus hot tea with more tea options soon to be added to the menu as well as fresh lemonade.
In addition to coffees and teas, the cafe has sandwiches and pastries.
Baker Meagan Hockett has been the driving force behind all of the pastries. With cake doughnuts made in-house, the lemon lavender cake doughnut and a death-by-chocolate cake doughnut have been the biggest sellers. All of the doughnuts are dipped in icing by hand.
The menu is expected to soon include salads, wraps and children’s sandwiches. Current best-sellers include the Monte Cristo and Turkey Peach with healthier options in development
Aaron Barnhill, who was part of Dat Mac food truck, joined the team and has been working on some innovative items, especially leaning toward healthier options
The partners are working to make a space where their now infant children will want to spend time when they’re older. There is also talk of a monthly coffee club, bulk bakery orders and rotating arts displays.
Check the cafe’s social media and website for updates.
Kara Timberlake is a freelance writer for Cat5