Restaurant News

Check Out The Art and Coffee at Art of Coffee in Kemah

Welcome to Art of Coffee.
Welcome to Art of Coffee. Photo by Jennifer Fuller

Once the ordinary ambiance and neutral color schemes of big chain coffee shops no longer seem welcoming and fun, make a short trip over to Kemah and check out one of the most colorful and unique coffee shops in Houston’s Bay Area. This flower shop turned coffee shop and art gallery is a scene straight out of Alice In Wonderland.

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Come on in and relax!
Photo courtesy of Jerrie Greeley McGillis

In the heart of Kemah, right down the road from the boardwalk, wooden buildings and colorfully painted homes have been converted into gift shops, little restaurants, palapa bars and more. Nestled in the middle of these businesses is Art of Coffee.

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One of a kind gifts just in time for Christmas.
Photo by Jennifer Fuller

Appropriately named, this coffee shop is also an art gallery for local artists. Paintings of lighthouses and sea animals and watercolors of pineapples and flowers cover the walls leading to the back of the small café. The artists’ names are displayed and all of the artwork is for sale. Comfortable leather couches and various stools and seating line the walls and back area leading to the outside courtyard.

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Super fun spot with a warm feel.
Photo courtesy of Art of Coffee

The idea to open a coffee shop and art gallery came about while owners Bill Minak and Jimmy Sims were passing out hot coffee in their flower shop next door. Guests would drink their coffee while browsing the artwork or picking up flower arrangements. The flower shop, Kemah Flowers, still occupies the space next to the coffee shop.

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Sweet treats galore!
Photo courtesy of Shallie Best Lucas

The coffee served at Art of Coffee is from Geva, a local brewery in Houston. Geva is the maker of San Marco coffee, which has been nicknamed “crack” due to its high amount of caffeine. Local Kemah company, Teazsol, provides the drink shop with fresh tea as well as fruit smoothies. Colorful, mismatched mugs and teacups are displayed throughout, giving the shop a warm, welcoming feel.

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Chocolate cake with chocolate drizzle. Yes, please.
Photo courtesy of Art of Coffee

Kraftsmen Baking in the Heights provides the shop with baked goods such as lemon bars, muffins, granola, brownies and more. Homemade cake is also sold. There are new varieties each week. Popular varieties are the lemon poppy seed and pumpkin chocolate muffins.

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Granny's chicken salad croissant for the win.
Photo courtesy of Art of Coffee
Every day of the week Art of Coffee sells Granny's chicken salad sandwiches loaded with seasoned and shredded, oven-baked chicken breasts mixed with mayonnaise, dried fruit, celery and grapes, served on a toasted croissant. Accompanied by a side of fresh fruit, this is the only food item on the daily menu other than pastries and cakes.

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Escape to this lush tropical patio.
Photo by Jennifer Fuller

On weekends, Art of Coffee sells Bill's Breakfast sandwiches from 8 a.m. to noon. A local lady, only referred to as Mrs. Penny, comes in on the weekends just to prepare this local favorite. Guests can choose from a croissant or a bagel, sausage or bacon and American or cream cheese.

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Pastry loaded with cream cheese and some pick me uppers to save the day.
Photo by Jennifer Fuller
Art of Coffee is open Monday and Tuesday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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Jennifer Fuller is a freelance writer for the Houston Press. Jennifer grew up in Clear Lake and currently resides in League City where she spends her time enjoying seafood, salty air and sunshine.