I'm out town for four months and I'm having Catalina withdrawal. No other place matches it vibe, aesthetics, friendliness, expertise, and oh, coffee.
Best Coffeehouse Houston 2008 - Catalina Coffee
Catalina owner Max Gonzalez has a know-how you can taste. His passion for all things foamy and bean-born translates into his staff's cups of joe. It doesn't matter which of his always-friendly employees is preparing your latte, coffee or doppio, you're guaranteed a killer caffeine boost. But don't let all the expertise and high-quality ingredients fool you — Catalina caters to every Houstonian. Clientele range from suits and ties to cutoffs and Converse, making this a great place to enjoy a pick-me-up whether you're headed to or leaving work, looking to get some work done or have never worked a day in your life. Readers' Choice: Agora
I have to agree. Locking down the AC outlets post-Hurricane Ike is not the kind of community responsibility I like to see in the businesses I patronize. Perhaps Catalina would like to respond to the criticism.
My thanks to Starbuck's, Coffee Groundz, and the UH library for giving me a place from which to support my business and my family for 2 powerless weeks after the storm. And to AT&T for making its WiFi hotspots available to all.
I agree with your pick for Catalina, but I unfortunately will never return to this establishment after my experience there this past weekend. They have plated up all of their electrical outlets. When I asked whether there was a problem with the power, I was told "they don�t want people who have been displaced by the hurricane taking advantage of their power source to get work done?� I have been a patron of this coffee ship since the doors opened. I have brought many people to their establishment. I really like them. One of the reasons I go there is to use their wifi for an hour while I enjoy my fine cup of coffee. I think there is probably a better way to handle over-usage of their 20+ power outlets, like maybe a sign asking people to please not use the outlet for more than an hour or two. I also think it's total crap that their position is to intentionally not help people who are without power after the hurricane. I will never go back, but that's just me.