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May 11, 2016

Foodie Favorites from A-Z: Yellow House Coffee

How do I take my coffee? “Um, only with my oxygen,” is the Lorelai Gilmore-inspired response that comes to mind. While my love of coffee is not quite up to Gilmore standards, coffee remains my morning necessity. I am the classic example of, “first I drink the coffee, then I do the things.” And that’s exactly why I’m so excited to highlight one of Lubbock’s coffee stand-bys this month for our Foodie Favorites feature!

Yellow House Coffee, located at 3017 34th St., opened its doors in June of 2013 and has been bringing coffee from all over the world to Lubbock ever since. Couple their pastry and breakfast offerings with their expertly brewed java, and Yellow House serves up one of the best coffee shop experiences in the “Hub City.” Here are a few of the reasons we keep coming back to get our (caffeine) buzz on.

Their coffee beans.
There are no sourcing shortcuts when it comes to inventory here thanks to Yellow House Coffee’s participation in a direct trade effort with Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters. What is direct trade exactly? It’s a system in which costs are negotiated and a relationship is formed directly between the farmer and roaster. Without a middleman, the grower receives more for his coffee crop, and quality control becomes a shared effort for all involved parties. Translation? A delicious cup of high-quality coffee that you can feel good about. Learn more about Yellow House Coffee’s direct trade effort here.

Their menu.
Follow the siren call to the nearest Starbucks if you will, but I will always opt in favor of a local brew shop with a great menu, and Yellow House is no exception. Here you’ll find an assortment of coffee classics­–espressos, cappuccinos and lattes and a variety of brews including French press, Hario V60, Clever, Chemex, Aeropress and Cold Brew. Next visit, I plan to break my cycle of cappuccinos and cold brew in favor of a cortado­–a drink equal parts milk and espresso with a bit of microfoam, served in a glass. (Bonus: No matter what you order, you’ll never a sip a cup of coffee made with beans more than two weeks past their roast date).

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Latte art at Yellow House Coffee

The food.
No visit to Yellow House is complete without picking something out of the pastry case. Their homemade blueberry muffins are as hearty as they are delicious, and if you prefer savory to sweet, throw out every preconceived notion and past experience you have with pre-packaged grocery store bagels, and opt for an everything bagel with cream cheese. Whether you’re craving savory or sweet, you can’t go wrong with anything on their breakfast menu either. On Saturday, they serve up breakfast staples like biscuits and gravy and cinnamon rolls from 7-11 a.m. They’ve also been known to do a few free breakfast giveaways on their Facebook page, so don’t miss out on your chance to enter!

The people.
“Coffee is an art and a science, but our passion for it is drawn from its incredible capacity to bring people together.” That’s the Yellow House motto, and its something they live up to. Here you’ll find people who can talk to you about the flavor notes in the different brews and baristas who craft their own original concoctions. Want to elevate your home brewing experience? They can help steer you toward the right tools. Ever wanted to know the origins of the cappuccino? Yellow House has the answer.

Stop by mid-afternoon and you’ll find an oasis where you can read, daydream or study up, but it’s also a place you can find live music, an occasional coffee class and perhaps your new favorite beverage. If Yellow House isn’t already a staple in your coffee-run rotation, be sure to stop by and check them out this week. Happy caffeinating, however you take your coffee!

Fast Facts

  • Location: 3017 34th Street
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday: 6 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Phone: 806.702.8997
  • Website: www.yellowhousecoffee.com