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Café Bustelo Turned a Shipping Container Into a Coffee Shop for This Pop-Up

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On 3/9/2019 at 10:04 PM, august948 said:

If you like Cafe Bustelo, this will be up your alley.  March 12 through May 25.

 

https://houston.eater.com/2019/3/7/18254778/cafe-bustelo-cafehouston-pop-up

Finally!
It's been ~ 15 years since The River Cafe bit the dust. Sad, that this very desirable piece of property has lain fallow for so long.

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1 hour ago, dbigtex56 said:

Finally!
It's been ~ 15 years since The River Cafe bit the dust. Sad, that this very desirable piece of property has lain fallow for so long.

 

Yeah...but it's only temporary.

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On 3/15/2019 at 1:05 PM, dbigtex56 said:

Finally!
It's been ~ 15 years since The River Cafe bit the dust. Sad, that this very desirable piece of property has lain fallow for so long.

I really miss River Cafe, that was a favorite brunch spot for me circa 2000.

 

Cafe Bustelo is my brand of choice, made in my Bialetti Mokka Express, so I am going to have to check this popup out.

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1 hour ago, Reefmonkey said:

I really miss River Cafe, that was a favorite brunch spot for me circa 2000.

 

Cafe Bustelo is my brand of choice, made in my Bialetti Mokka Express, so I am going to have to check this popup out.

 

How's it turn out as an espresso?  I've only used their k-cups so far to make a quick and dirty faux flat white.  Haven't tried running the ground version through my espresso machine yet.

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It makes a good Cuban coffee. The mokka express doesn’t quite make a strong enough cup to really be a true espresso, but close, and I’ve used Illy and Lavaza in it as well, and the Bustelo is comparable. 

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16 hours ago, Reefmonkey said:

Cafe Bustelo is my brand of choice, made in my Bialetti Mokka Express, so I am going to have to check this popup out.

 

I alternated between a Bialetti and a Krups Espresso Mini for years. Bialettis are great - it's hard to beat the reliability of something that has almost no moving parts. Now I'm using a regular Hamilton Beach drip coffeemaker (the model that Wirecutter recommends as a budget pick) with Bustelo. It makes a full-sized cup of coffee that's considerably stronger and more flavorful than American-style coffee. 

 

As far as Latin coffee brands go, Cafe La Llave is a nice occasional alternative to Bustelo, but it's pretty hard to find in stores (Target is the only place I've been able to find it locally, and even there it's hit and miss). It's a bit more subtle and not as in-your-face as Bustelo. 

 

I'll have to go check out the popup and have a cafecito. One of my closest friends is Cuban and I grew up on a steady diet of Bustelo-based cafecitos that his mother would brew for us when we were in high school, so I'm curious to see how the pop-up's version stacks up against that frame of reference. 

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In general, I really like these pop up retail places. I think they are great ideas to getting easy entry into an existing market with new ideas lowered risk and barriers. However I did not like this place when they invaded Siphon last October. The whole experience just felt a bit fake and manufactured. Like I was on the set of a Hollywood movie and not inside a genuine coffee shop. Plus, adding sugar to an espresso is an insult to coffee.

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2 hours ago, Luminare said:

In general, I really like these pop up retail places. I think they are great ideas to getting easy entry into an existing market with new ideas lowered risk and barriers. However I did not like this place when they invaded Siphon last October. The whole experience just felt a bit fake and manufactured. Like I was on the set of a Hollywood movie and not inside a genuine coffee shop. Plus, adding sugar to an espresso is an insult to coffee.

 

I think that's a staple in Cuba.  You may have just offended Cubans everywhere....

 

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Stopped by there today to try it out.  They seem to be doing a brisk business.  Tried the colada (double cafecito).  It started out pretty good but by the time I got halfway through it the sweetness started to build up.  I finished it but probably won't have another.  My wife the sugar fiend would love it, though.  I'll probably go back at some point and try the the cafe con leche which might cut the sugar to a more acceptable level for me.

 

I like the overall concept of a cafe in a shipping container.  Went upstairs and sat on the roof.  On a hot day that would probably get unbearable, but today it was really, really nice.

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