With the influx of food trucks to the Houston mobile dining scene, we seem to be missing one type of truck. The city is blessed with numerous trucks that will satisfy the late-night munchies, the sugar cravings in the afternoon and everything else in between, but we don't have enough trucks to jump-start our mornings. I'm talking coffee trucks.
A little more than a month ago, Houston's first coffee truck, Espresso Rescue, rolled into the area, and since then has been offering up caffeinated drinks throughout the day at various food parks. We decided to check out this espresso ambulance and see if its drinks and snacks were up to par with other local coffee establishments. Hint: It surpasses all expectations.
Espresso Rescue, aka ER, is a camper-van turned into an ambulance coffee truck complete with emergency lights and sirens. From a distance, one would mistake it for a real ambulance, especially when the truck is at Houston Food Park, which is near the St. Joseph Medical Center. But, at a closer glance, the graphic on the side of the truck of a giant cup with coffee spilling out of its top reveals that this truck is no medical ambulance; instead, it's a coffee ambulance, but the servers do wear scrubs and surgical hats.
The truck's owner, James Weaver, provides Houstonians with a selection of drinks made with Katz Coffee. Do you enjoy a creamy latte in the morning? What about a simple drip coffee to pick you up in the afternoon? Or are you a coffee enthusiast and prefer an Americano with two shots of espresso? Whatever your coffee preferences, The Coffee Truck will hook you up. Inside the ambulance, Weaver has several espresso machines, milk frothers and coffee makers set up to create just about anything you can find at a local shop. Add a pump (or two) of peppermint, hazelnut or vanilla syrup to your coffee for a hint of sweetness, or keep it plain Jane with milk and sugar.
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Espresso Rescue not only serves a variety of coffee drinks, but also sells those giant cinnamon rolls from Sinfull Bakery. We recommend you ask for your cinnamon roll to be heated in the microwave. There seriously isn't anything better than a warm, sticky cinnamon roll and a cup of coffee in the morning. There really isn't.
Oh yeah, and a cinnamon roll and small cappuccino is just $7. Not too bad.
Most mornings you will find Espresso Rescue at Houston Food Park, either by itself or with another morning food truck favorite, such as Katmania Crepes. The Coffee Truck then heads to Mangum Food Park or My Food Park HTX for the afternoons and evenings.
With a little bit more than a month of experience under its belt, Espresso Rescue is proving to be an excellent addition to the Houston food truck scene.