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 When I was trying to think what I would name my blog, I was working in a cafe (of course). I was moving back home to Texas and was nervous about the transition, but as  I marveled at how such intricate and different substances like milk and espresso combined to make something so delicious and different in the cappuccino, I hoped to find delicious and wonderful things in my home state, both for myself and to share, especially in coffee. In the cappuccino I saw disparate parts forming something great and believed that that happens other places as well.  I knew that I could present the perfect cup to you, even if it might take some work. So whatever the experience, whether in coffee, food, or travel, I am filling the cup with stories for you to enjoy

To fill the cups, I bring you cafe reviews, interviews with other coffee professionals like roasters, shop owners, importers and coffee farmers, and cover the monthly TNTs (Thursday Night Throwdowns) that bond specialty coffee professionals around the metroplex, to let you in on the thriving and growing world of specialty coffee in Texas.

 I photograph the moments that bring us together on 35mm and 120mm film and love adding film photography’s distinctive texture and color to a daily ritual like coffee.

A few of my favorite cups (stories) so far have been my barista stories. I get to talk with the baristas who make your morning cup every day and ask them questions about the job and their lives. The baristas I interview are gracious enough to take time out to sit for their portrait in front of my Yashica 120mm film camera. I am grateful to be able to talk with all kinds of people in this field and love sharing in their passion for coffee.

There is so much to learn about a simple cup of coffee and I would love to share my knowledge and training with you. If you are interested in working with me as a consultant, a reviewer, or trainer, please contact me at:

Thank you for taking the time to enjoy a Cup of Texas with me!

18 Comments leave one →
  1. July 26, 2011 9:35 pm

    This. Is. Brilliant.

  2. July 27, 2011 6:11 pm

    the blog looks beautiful! i’m so happy the drawing worked out. did i
    send you a high enough resolution copy?

    you’ve been so productive in such a short time, it’s really inspiring.
    i’m glad the road trip went well. you are missed here! i started working
    every sunday selling produce at fort mason, i’m sorry i can’t deliver
    you strawberries to the cafe.

    but seriously. lovely lovely blog. I look forward to reading more posts!

    love sadie

    • July 28, 2011 3:45 am

      thanks so much, i love the drawing. justine’s supposed to be resizing the whole thing but with all the moving their doing, we’ll see. i’m still figuring everything out. i hope you’re doing well!

  3. Tracy permalink
    July 31, 2011 3:44 pm

    Christina – I saw you in FW Weekly. Did you enjoy SF? I have been there once but would love to go back again. If I had been 2 years older in ’67, I believe I would have gone there from Kansas. My husband and I have lived in FW for 1 1/2 years. We came here from Denver for his work with American Airlines.
    I have to admit that I have not been pleased with the DFW coffeehouses. There is so few of them and they go out of business quickly. Starbucks is king here. I like SB but my preference is the independent ones.
    Denver coffeehouses are many and they are not afraid to experiment with their coffee drinks. DFW locations are afraid to be creative. It looks like my standards are too high and I should lower them.
    I do go to the FW coffeehouses but I don’t visit them as often as I did in Denver.
    I hope that you can unearth the excellent indie places because I have not found them after extensive research. Denver has a website called We moved from CO to TX in late 2007. When we go back there to visit, I go to my favorite coffee place and they still remember me!
    When I travel, I eat mostly at the indie coffeehouses – mostly in gay neighborhoods – Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle.
    I am looking forward to your postings here. I think I started drinking coffee at age 12 and I will be 60 in December.

    • July 31, 2011 5:21 pm

      yes i loved san francisco but i’m glad to be home. i have a few more cafes i’ve found and it seems like once you start looking more turn up. i hope that continues to be true and you keep coming back to check them out. thanks for your response!

  4. Vernon permalink
    September 13, 2011 10:34 pm

    Which drawing are you referring to?

  5. September 15, 2011 5:39 pm

    Hey Christina. Good to meet you. Thanks for the Cup this Morn!

    Miguel T

  6. December 28, 2011 7:31 pm

    Hello your postcards. Will check in here from time to time to keepup with what you are doing!] Aunt Helen

  7. May 11, 2012 5:59 pm

    I landed here by walking in to Avoca and falling in love with your photography on display. Is any of your photography available for purchase?

  8. May 11, 2012 6:00 pm

    I landed here by chance. My first time in to Avoca today for coffee and fell in love with your photos! Are any available for purchase?

  9. Bettina Herndon permalink
    July 1, 2012 12:07 am

    Hi Christina,
    Stumbled upon this website and was surprised when I saw your picture. I also was glad to see that Rupert is roasting again. I will be following your blog. I’m a coffee lover too and am always interested in finding a good cup!
    Bettina Herndon

    • July 9, 2012 2:51 am

      thank you, i love to hear feedback! i’m glad you like it! its good to hear from you!

  10. July 30, 2012 2:42 pm

    This an awesome blog, thanks for sharing this with us!

  11. January 11, 2013 5:32 pm

    Love the blog. As a native Houstonian, I would love to see you do a series on the coffee culture there. (Also, San Antonio and Austin). I know you’re busy, just consider it a business trip, you won’t regret it.

  12. February 27, 2013 9:22 pm

    Just found your blog. I have to say I’m partial to the coffee served at our store TIMOTHY OULTON…Our barista, Alec, has regulars coming by all the time just for coffee (and we are a furniture store!) Come check out the London Cafe inside our store Tues-Sunday

    • March 28, 2013 3:01 am

      Wow, this looks like a beautiful space. I will have to come by. What coffee do you serve?

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