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Coffeehouses are becoming much more than a place to grab your morning coffee, have a quick meeting, work remotely, and even enjoy a light lunch. They are an integral part of the community and are giving back and paying it forward. Here are a few socially conscious coffee spots that not only make a mean cup of Joe, and a beautiful latte, but are truly making a difference:

Latte at Paper Co. Cafe

Paper Co. Cafe

This beautiful coffee shop is definitely a hidden gem. Situated in the building that houses Ecclesia Church, Paper Co. Cafe sits behind an inconspicuous blue door on the backhand side of the church. Aside from the plethora of breakfast and lunch items on the menu, and the wonderful coffee that is roasted in house, the Common Meal is where it hits home. Each day a special (and healthy) meal is offered that is available on a sliding scale. Your donation can be the suggested price, a little more, much more, or what can you afford. Thank you Paper Co. Cafe for supporting our homeless community and ensuring that no one goes hungry. Paper Co. Cafe is located at 1100 Elder St, Houston, TX 77007 and is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

2nd Cup 

Located in the Heights, 2nd Cup is a non-profit coffee shop focused on raising awareness of the human trafficking that occurs at an alarming rate right here in our city. In addition to education, 2nd Cup uses funds from the sale of coffee to support the initiatives of local organizations who rally behind the same cause. When you visit the bright and welcoming coffee shop, you’ll find details on how to get involved and information on various community events and discussions. And as for the coffee, they are serving up local roaster (and personal fave) Boomtown Coffee which means the Joe is legit too. 2nd Cup is located at 1111 E 11th Street and is open Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pastries at Blockhouse Coffee and Kitchen

Blockhouse Coffee and Kitchen

I was so excited when I learned a new coffee house would be coming to my hood! As with the above coffee shops, Blockhouse Coffee and Kitchen sources from local roasters including Fort Bend Coffee Roasters, Boomtown Coffee and Amaya Roasting Company; but that’s just the beginning. They curate and sell goods from area farmers, food and beverage artisans, artists and craftsmen around the Fort Bend area and even host events at the shop for their craftsmen-led education series. And during your visit, don’t forget to check out the food truck located in their backyard. I love what they are doing and I’m even happier that they are doing it in my neighborhood. I plan to become a regular here. Blockhouse Coffee and Kitchen is located at 611 Jackson Street Suite C Richmond, TX 77469 and is open Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Through Good Coffee

Yes it’s the coffee house opened by Beyoncé’s spiritual advisor, Pastor Rudy Rasmus, but Through Good Coffee is so much more. Seeking to be an “experience that can change lives”, Through Good not only sources their coffee locally but also gives back by supporting charitable organizations that serve Houston’s homeless. And through their own organization, they provide housing and other services to help those transitioning from challenged to more stable lives. Through Good’s serious take on coffee (they use Amaya Roasting Company), those Big Ass Biscuits served with homemade jam, the jammin’ playlist, and spacious patio are just a few more reasons to visit. Through Good Coffee is located at 732 W 27th St, Houston, TX 77008 and is open Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

I hope that you will support these local coffee shops and enjoy some coffee for a great cause! If you know of any others, please let us know!

Shanna Jones

Shanna is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food and travel.

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