AZTEC COFFEE

2793 Main St., Ingleside, TX 78362

Specializing in coffee from the mountains of Mexico, Ingleside-based Aztec Coffee offers its fall-flavored lattes year round, including Candied Pumpkin Pie, Apple Chai, Caramel Spiced Cider, or Pecan Praline. Its signature coffee drink, the Aztec Espresso, is a latte with chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla. The Mayan Espresso, a variation of the Aztec, includes cayenne powder for an extra kick. The coffee shop offers a calendar of activities in a brightly lit setting with Aztec and Mayan themed decor.

1336 S. Staples St., Corpus Christi, TX 78404

Bien Mérité, nestled in the Central City near The Coffee Mugg, is an authentic French bakery, cafe, and restaurant. As soon as you set foot through the front door of their new location, you will be engulfed by the sweet scent of pastries.

You will be drawn to the counter, which behind glass displays a variety of such baked goodies as French croissants, eclairs, cakes, pastries, and sandwiches. To drink you can choose from classic and sweet coffees, matcha tea, and fruit beverages. Specialty drinks include the French Kiss Latte, Lavender Matcha, Turmeric Mylk, and Unicorn’s Blood Lemonade.

(Fun fact: Bien Mérité is a partner of Matcha Konomi, a ceremonial grade matcha harvested in Yame and Uji, Japan.)

Bien Mérité is known as an Instagram hot-spot with its adorable aesthetic, complete with mounds of pastel macarons and indoor pink rose mural – perfect for selfies and group shots! Before you leave, make sure you grab a pumpkin beignet (pictured above)!

1033 US HWY 181 Suite C, Portland, TX 78374

1600 Wildcat Dr., Portland, TX 78374

Family- and veteran-owned, Bloom City Coffee has two locations in Portland. Their coffee is freshly ground at their Ingleside roastery. They offer specialty fall-themed drinks ranging from Pumpkin Pie, Maple Pecan, and Maple Spice.

According to manager Heather Boothby, all products are fresh and made from scratch. “Everything we put in our drinks is natural, not artificial, and… our coffee products are always fresh. We are committed to best practices towards guest hospitality, our partners, the environment and our community,” Boothby said. These made from scratch goods include such breakfast items as blueberry muffins and energizing protein bites. Lunch item favorites range from warm sandwiches to cold chicken salad wraps.

Customers can grab their coffee and food on the go via the drive thru or settle inside for studying or socializing.

5425 S Padre Island Dr. #185, Corpus Christi, TX 78411

What could be more compatible than books and coffee? Attached to Half Price Books is Cafe Calypso, which imports coffee from the 20 different countries whose flags adorn the ceiling. 

Signature drinks include Turkish coffee, Vietnamese style coffee and a series of lattes with extra espresso and half and half, known as The Buzz (no extra flavors), Buzzzilla (vanilla) and The Buzz’Wizer (Irish cream). 

“We have been roasting or own coffee since 1993,” said owner Marcy Okummuş. “We bake our own breads and desserts, and we are famous for our home made whipped cream.” Known also for its cheesecake, Italian cream cake, and tea drinks such as Foggy Tea, Chai and Dirty Chai, a customer favorite is the “Turkish Delight,” which tastes like the same-named confection. 

Note that this cafe only accepts cash or check, but has an ATM in store.

5738 S. Alameda St., Corpus Christi, TX 78412

10309 S. Padre Island Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78418

1007 TX-361, Port Aransas, TX 78373

Since opening its doors March 2008, this locally owned business now has three locations. Offering an inviting atmosphere to sip artisan coffee beverages and surf free WiFi, Coffee Waves also supports the community by partnering with other local vendors for coffee beans,  pastries, art, music, and community events. 

With multiple power outlets, Coffee Waves encourages students and professionals to plug in and enjoy and array of coffee drinks while studying and working.

Options in coffee drinks vary from regular house drip and cold brew, to traditional espresso and the CW Frap/Big Train in Mocha, Vanilla, Caramel, Grasshopper (mint) or your own customized beverage with the multiple flavored syrups on tap. The Alameda and Port Aransas locations offer handcrafted gelato.

7426 S. Staples St. #107, Corpus Christi, TX 78413

Quality is in the details at the Coral Bean Coffee. The baristas are on tap to share their expertise when it comes to good coffee and espresso. From grinding their own spices and milling their own flour, Coral Bean Coffee strives to make sure customers can taste the quality in every sip and bite. This chill atmosphere with an array of tables, chairs and places to lounge provides a relaxing venue for working, socializing or networking.

The name and logo is inspired by its proximity to the South Texas Botanical Gardens and the native Texas coral bean plant. Menu offerings include traditional and specialty coffee, light breakfast and lunch fare, and unique beverages, such as their Craf-Teas using fresh fruit and natural ingredients.

1714 S. Alameda St., Corpus Christi, TX 78404

3812 S. Alameda St., Corpus Christi, TX 78411

Since 2006, owners Jason and Hester Rodriguez have brought their love of family, service, cooking and baking to Corpus Christi when they opened Hester’s Cafe. With a focus on quality ingredients and food creatively made from scratch, Hester’s menu offers a variety of salads, sandwiches, and pasta, as well as omelettes, brunch items, European pastries and desserts.

When it comes to coffee, Hester’s offers its Daily Brew Bottomless Mug, as well as traditional espresso drinks, blended frappes, fruit smoothies, and flavored ice teas. Hester’s also offers mimosas, local craft beer, and seasonal wine and bubbly. 

Hester’s has two locations: one in Lamar Park next to the store Four Chicks in the Park, the other at Six Points within the Bleu Frog Mercantile. In either location you will be enticed by boutique shopping while sipping a delicious latte.

14829 S. Padre Island Dr., Corpus Christi 78418

This espresso-based coffee shop and gallery on North Padre Island is built from 10 multi-color shipping containers designed by father and son team Bryan and Andrew Tumlinson. The gallery features photography for sale by Bryan Tumlinson.

Coffee and espresso products range from  hot, iced, frozen, cold brew on tap, and hand-poured Chemex and homemade syrups. Island Joe’s also serves delicious eats made in house, including sumptious biscuits like cinnamon cranberry and bacon, cheese, and chive. Further options include delicious chicken caprese sandwiches, assorted salads, and toasted naan with hummus.

A rustic ambience indoors and a pet-friendly patio outdoors gives islanders and visitors a venue for bonding and socializing, while enjoying coffee in a family friendly environment. Island Joe’s also offers event hosting, open-mic nights, game nights, and movie nights (see postings on their Facebook). A percentage of sales helps fund a feeding program in the Dominican Republic.

1304 Airline Rd., Corpus Christi, TX 78412

7042 S. Staples St. #106, Corpus Christi, TX 78413

Family-owned and operated with two locations, each with drive-thru service, Stingers Coffee prides itself on providing fair trade coffee and works with local dairy suppliers and bakeries to provide fresh, high quality offerings. One of the many customer favorites include the Stinger’s Mocha with almond milk.

Stingers has two locations. The first is in Gulfway Shopping Center by Sprout’s. The second and newer location is on the Southside. Both locations offer patio seating for sunny days and comfortable indoor seating with ample power outlets and free WiFi. Stingers offers traditional coffee and espresso as well as fun, seasonally themed hot and iced drinks, and savory and sweet food options.

2222 Airline Rd, Suite A1, Corpus Christi, TX 78414

SaiGon’s Civet Cafe offers authentic Vietnamese coffee directly from the city of Buôn Mê Thuôc and fresh roasted in Corpus Christi.

From traditional espresso to Vietnamese Iced Coffee, as well as their signature Banh Mi sandwich, Pâte Chaud pastry, bakery items, and even rice bowls!

With SaiGon Civet Cafe owner Christian Hoang wanted to create a relaxing atmosphere for his customers to take time and savor their coffee.

5535 Bonner Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78411

A combination coffee shop and art gallery, Roasted Coffee Company focuses on healthy living, while serving customers quality coffee, espresso, and teas. 

Their coffee is sourced from a roaster based in Gruene, Texas and served within days of roasting, thereby providing caffine-connoisseurs with the freshest brew possible. In their drinks, Roasted Coffee Company offers the option for CBD-infusion. (CBD in noted for health benefits like anxiety relief, pain management, and sleep aid.) Roasted also serves pastries, cakes, and sandwiches, as well as a wide variety of CBD and Delta 8 THC products.

Sit down and relax with free WiFi. Consider pairing a “Berry White” (berry and white mocha latte) or an “Ingrid” (lavender and vanilla latte) with a slice of pistachio cake or a strawberry cheesecake. And if you are a student, teacher, nurse, LE, or military, don’t forget to ask for your everyday discount!

1112 Morgan Ave., Corpus Christi, TX 78404

What Hogwarts House do you belong to? Hufflepuff? Gryffindor? Ravenclaw? Slytherin? Whichever it is, you will feel at home at The Coffee Mugg (also known as The Coffee Muggle).

Combining a coffee shop with a popular literary icon results in a magical brew as Corpus Christi’s very own Harry Potter-themed cafe offers a variety of espresso based beverages bearing names such as The Malfoy, Cinnister of Magic, Weasel Bee, and Goblet of Fuego to name a few. The Coffee Mugg’s baked goods change from time to time ranging from Reveal Cupcakes to show which “House” you belong to, made from scratch “Pop-Tarts” an array of cookies, cakes and desserts. 

Amidst the themed decor, artwork, books, and board games where guests (and fans) can lounge, play, study, or socialize while enjoying their delightful drinks and desserts.

6133 Ennis Joslin Rd., Unit 103, Corpus Christi, TX 78412

A sister to Roasted Coffee Company, Wired Coffee Company specializes in making a delicious cup of coffee with freshly roasted beans from Gruene, Texas.

Located just outside of Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, Wired provides ample study space in its yellow and black bumblebee-themed shop. Helpful for students, they also carry everyday products like blue books and scantron sheets. Among its coffee and espresso beverages, signature flavors include Dirty Chai, Horchata, the cuddly Teddy Graham drink (with honey and cinnamon), as well as pastries with vegan options.

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