Espresso Perfecto at Catalina Coffee
Owner Max Gonzalez was dressed in an olive drab Fidel Castro hat the day we stopped by. Coffee-mad Max is a espresso perfectionista and his passion is contagious.
When I asked Max what brand of coffee he used, he said he bought fair trade coffee for the drip blend and Hopson Coffee Company’s espresso. I said I had never heard of Hopson Coffee, and he said that was because he was the company’s only commercial customer.
Turns out Hopson Coffee Company is run by a Houston electrician named Bill Giffen who is such a coffee geek, he started roasting his own beans. He sells them to a small cadre of coffee fans via the internet.
You can read the long and circuitous story of Hobson Coffee Company (with stops in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and Crested Butte, Colorado) on this Web site. Meanwhile, we’ll try to get in touch with Mr. Giffen and go pay him a visit soon. -- Robb Walsh