Paper Co. Coffee: Where Have You Been All My Life?

Photos by Molly Dunn
Walk through this blue door to enter one of the best new coffee shops in Houston.
It's no secret that I love coffee. The second a new coffee shop (or coffee truck) opens, I'm all over it. Although Houston has many many places to grab a traditional espresso-based drink, or a creative concoction with a variety of syrups, no two are the same. Each shop has its own atmosphere, vibe, coffee drinks and selections of food.

If you want a funky latte or mocha, go to Inversion. If you're craving a perfect espresso and filling breakfast, go to Blacksmith (the Vietnamese steak and eggs, and biscuits with creme fraiche are out of this world). If you're searching for a chill place to sip on coffee, wine or beer and munch on something sweet late at night, go to Agora or Southside Espresso. And if you want to go somewhere quiet and relaxing with plenty of space, go to Paper Co. Coffee.

Located in the First Ward practically underneath the interstate split of I-45 and I-10, you'll find what appears to be an abandoned warehouse, but really it's one of the best coffee shops in Houston.

I am kicking myself for not discovering this gem, especially since I've driven by it a countless number of times. Paper Co. Coffee has been open for almost one year -- it opened in July of 2013 -- and I wish I had checked it out when it opened.

Inside this giant white warehouse is Paper Co. Coffee.
Taft Street Coffee closed last summer and moved from its location in Montrose to the building housingEcclesia Church. It then reopened as Paper Co. Coffee. The building's first tenant was Phillips Paper Company, hence the name of Paper Co.

When you approach the giant white warehouse, you might second guess yourself and think you took a wrong turn or failed to see the coffee shop. There are no giant signs or flashing lights pointing you in the right direction, just a small blue sign with an arrow guiding you to park on the other side of the building. When you pull up to Paper Co., you'll see a giant window and a small bright blue door with the coffee shop's logo. Open that door to enter a high-ceiling, wide open cafe.

The moment you step inside, you're greeted by friendly smiles and a hello from the baristas. It's a charming cafe with white washed walls behind the wood-paneled espresso bar and dark grey brick walls displaying art and photographs.

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Location Info


Paper Co. Coffee

1100 Elder St., Houston, TX

Category: General


1953 Montrose, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Blacksmith Coffee Bar

1022 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: General


1712 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Southside Espresso

904 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: General

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Lynae Novo
Lynae Novo

Waka Jawaka got a new place to ck out.... But no late runs:-/

Robin Clingerman
Robin Clingerman

Lol the best coffee ever!!! I'll buy you a cup of you join us on a Saturday or Sunday :) lol love ya

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