There are many coffee shops to choose from in most major metropolitan areas. No matter what city you’re in, it is very possible that you may stumble upon an amazing place to grab your favorite drink. Typically, when you go to one, they tend to have common characteristics that many of us have come to expect. For instance, the grinding of beans and the sound of the steam wand as it finishes frothing milk. What you don’t expect is the connection you make to a shop itself. It is the bond you make with the coffee shop and the people that work there that define your experience. This is true at Bandera Coffee in Harlingen, Texas, which offers a truly special experience.
Throughout Bandera Coffee, you will find lots of amazing wall posters of coffee equipment, as well as many different paintings on the wall that work together to create a warm atmosphere within. In many areas of the shop, there are many nods to area code 956. This represents the city that they live in and the surrounding area. My favorite part of the wall art takes place when you first walk in that says, “Filter Coffee, Not People.” I think this is a telling statement and fits with the entire culture that Bandera Coffee brings.
The most important part of any coffee shop is the drinks. I had the cold brew and it was one of the best that I’ve ever had. I’m constantly seeing posts from them on social media of new drinks that they debut. I would highly recommend following them on if you’re looking for a delicious drinks.
What sets Bandera Coffee apart? It’s the people. Thomas Bandera and his wife Ashley were incredibly nice and welcoming. I enjoyed my conversations with Mike Jones who also works there. We talked about our love for NYC coffee as he is from there and gave recommendations for when I visit the city next. I can’t wait for my next visit to see what great new things Bandera has to offer!
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