Why hello there! I am so glad to see you! I know it’s been a while since I’ve written, yet alone posted anything on my blog. These last few months have been insane.
If you did not already know, I am currently in the throes of planning a wedding as well as running my own business, Ink and Merlot. I am attacking these ventures while at the same time taking care of a household and living a healthy lifestyle. I have a packed schedule that never seems to slow down. However, I am loving every opportunity I am faced with! Please accept my most sincere apologies for leaving you high and dry on the coffee blog front. I am back and thoroughly excited to talk to you about this week’s coffee shop, Bosta Kitchen.
Located in Houston’s Museum District, Bosta Kitchen is a clean and bright addition to the area. Formerly known as Bosta Wine and Coffee, this little place decided to expand its borders and build a full-sized kitchen into the building, to offer more edibles. Hence, the name change.
It is rumored that the original location of this place was overseas and across from a post office. Bosta is the Arabic translation for “post office” and so suits the origin story of this week’s shop. However, the inside of Bosta Kitchen does not even remotely resemble a post office. In fact, it is full of clean lines, color, and many different types of materials. Wood, concrete, metal and glass are the materials that make up this gorgeous place. Each material presents itself in a simple yet refined way. A glass bottle chandelier hovers over the baristas area, while the floor to ceiling glass windows allow for soft natural lighting. I am a huge fan of this type of lighting as it seems to make everything shine. Sitting here now I feel as though the wine glasses have an otherworldly feel to them. Between the natural lighting and the rich tones of the wine, they stand out and call to you, saying, “Just one glass. Trust me you will enjoy it.”
The concrete walls of the building are mixed with rough wood paneling. The combination of the two materials has a rustic and modern feel to it. Both vertical and horizontal lines are created in the space. On one wall, the horizontal wood compliments the bench seat that stretches from one wall to another. On another, the vertical panels draw the eye upward along with the enormous wine rack that sits in front of it. There are so many different wines to choose from, and if I wasn’t fasting from alcohol I would most definitely enjoy a glass.
Enough about the interior, let’s talk about my favorite part, the coffee! So far, I have visited Bosta Kitchen twice this week and have been blown away both times. Sunday, I came with my fiancé and enjoyed what is known as the “Naughty Latte”. Hazelnut, dark chocolate, and espresso are the key components to this drink. The latte comes in a clean white coffee mug, with whip cream and a dark chocolate drizzle on top. You would think the drink would be overly sweet, but the latte has the perfect balance between the coffee and the flavoring. If you’re someone who prefers a sweet drink, this is going to be your route to go.
Daniel enjoyed the Cafe Sua Da, a Vietnamese iced coffee with condensed milk. When I asked him to describe the coffee he said, “First word that comes to mind is delectable. I love Vietnamese coffee. The Café Sua Da has that great coffee taste without being too strong, but not too sweet, which sometimes happens with the heavy usage of condensed milk.”
Today I decided to jump out of the box a little bit, and started with an Iced Green Tea Latte. If you’re in Texas you can understand the problems with drinking hot coffee, especially after a workout. You stay warm for a long period and hot coffee if not accompanied by cool water can cause hot flashes. The latte was perfect! Green tea or matcha can be very hard to mix for a drink, as it can leave behind a powdery residue or taste. There was no such residue in this drink and it took all I could not to finish the latte within a few sips.
I stayed at Bosta for quite a while so I ended up ordering some food and a new drink. I ordered a Turkey and Avocado Salad Sandwich with a small salad on the side. I also asked my waiter if he had any suggestions of what coffee drink I could try next. He suggested a Dirty Chai Latte with Almond Milk. This drink was amazing as well. I desperately needed the espresso to get through the rest of the day and this was the perfect combination of espresso and chai, that I love so much. The sandwich and salad were very good as well.
Now that we’ve talked about the coffee that Daniel and I had, let’s talk a little bit more about what coffee beans they use. Bosta Kitchen purchases their beans from Xela Roasters, a Houston based company. They carry small bags of beans for sale as well as some bottles of Xela’s cold brew. We’ve talked about Xela Roasters before as a few other coffee shops in Houston carry their coffee beans as well.
The atmosphere was very welcoming and a wonderful place to sit and chat. If you’re looking for somewhere to sit and catch up with someone or enjoy a quiet meal and coffee/wine, then Bosta is for you. However, if you’re looking for somewhere to hunker down, study, and spend hours in one place, Bosta isn’t the best option. There are no longer wall plugs to plug in your computer anymore. BUT! There are plenty of places in the area or a little way away that will fit your needs.
I would give Bosta Kitchen a 4.5 out of 5 Stars. If you’re in the museum district, make your way over for brunch or dinner. Trust me! You will love it! One last thing before we go. Bosta Kitchen will be opening a location for their sister company, Cloud 10 Creamery, this Summer. If you’re at Bosta Kitchen, please try one of their ice creams. Each is made by hand from scratch, with its own recipe. I cannot wait to visit Cloud 10 Creamery whenever they open!
Also! Do not forget to check out their website here.
Until Next Time.
May Your Coffee Be Strong, and Your Faith Stronger.