The days go by slow, the years go by fast.
It’s simply unbelievable that a whole year has gone by since our very first post for Coffee Over Tejas. This year has been such a whirl wind with so many awesome memories that would not have been made if it weren’t for the blog. I wanted to sit down and go through the incredible year we have had with Coffee Over Tejas in the style of a traditional Christmas card you would receive from a family at the end of a great year recapping all of their memories, adventures and accomplishments.
Okay, here we go!
Madison and I visit our Great Aunt and cousins in Beaumont on the tail end of Spring Break. They encouraged us to go back to College Station a cool and new way we had never been before. We had originally wanted to go through Galveston and visit one of our favorite coffee shops there, but they encouraged us to go another way. They said that we go to so many coffee shops we might as well do something with it. Writing has always been something I loved to do and Madison was great at photography so we decided to give a blog a go. We went through Livingston and visited our very first shop for the blog, “The Bull Shack“. We created the website (https://coffeeovertejasblog.wordpress.com) that night and told people all about it the very next day. Everyone was so sweet and encouraging, so we realized maybe we had something special with this.
We visited “Gogh Gogh Coffee Company” in South College Station, Texas
We visited “Harvest” in Downtown Bryan, Texas
We visited “Crave” in The Woodlands, Texas
We visited “Java Hot Spot” in Navasota, Texas.
We visited “The Tipsy Bean” in South College Station, Texas, and met the former Aggie head football coach, Kevin Sumlin!
We visited “Land Of A Thousand Hills Coffee Company” in Cypress, Texas.
We visited “Filtered” in Downtown McKinney, Texas.
We visited “Frogg Coffee Bar and Creperie” in Allen, Texas.
We visited “Common Grounds” in Waco, Texas.
We visited “Agora” in Houston, Texas.
We visited “Snug on the Square” in Downtown McKinney, Texas.
We visited “Babe’s” in Bryan, Texas.
We visited “1541” in College Station, Texas.
We visited “Old School Coffee and Creamery” in Cameron, Texas.
We visited “The Horse’s Mouth” in Buffalo, Texas.
We visited “CJ’s Coffee Cafe” in Denison, Texas.
We visited “RE:defined Coffee House” in Grapevine, Texas.
We visited “Honeylu’s” in Prosper, Texas.
We visited “Crooked Tree” in Dallas, Texas.
We visited “Global Peace Factory” in Frisco, Texas.
We visited “Momentum” in Spring, Texas.
We visited “1418 Coffeehouse” in Plano, Texas.
We visited “Tout Suite” in Houston, Texas.
We visited “Liberation Coffee Company” in Coppell, Texas.
We visited “Ground Up Coffee” in Celina, Texas.
We visited “The Village” in Downtown Bryan, Texas.
We visited “Shoemaker & Hardt Coffee House and Country Store” in Wylie, Texas.
We released a baking video for some yummy lemon blueberry bread that we love with our coffee!
We visited “Pop Top Coffee Shop” in Ennis, Texas.
We visited “Coffee N Cream” in Frisco, Texas.
We launched #TexasHometowns on July 15th that encouraged followers to message us their favorite hometown coffee shop and we would feature one of them every few weeks.
We visited “Emporium Pies” in Downtown McKinney, Texas.
We visited “XO Coffee Company” in Plano, Texas.
We visited “Mobius Coffeehouse” in Brenham, Texas.
We visited “Red Horn Coffeehouse” in Cedar Park, Texas.
We visited “Dunn Brothers Coffee” in Addison, Texas.
We launched our new site (this one!) Coffeeovertejas.com and had a fun, small get together with some sweet friends to celebrate! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JluOvP7GAx4&feature=youtu.be
We visited “Cianfrani Coffee Company” in Georgetown, Texas.
We launched #TexasTraveler this month! We know that Texans are adventurers in nature and don’t always find themselves in the borders of our great state. With this being true, we wanted to have instances where we feature coffee shops that aren’t located in Texas so that when out of Texas, they can be enjoyed. We have had shops featured in several states including North Carolina, Tennessee, and Colorado.
We were interviewed by the awesome Liz McGathey and featured in the McKinney Courier-Gazette! http://starlocalmedia.com/mckinneycouriergazette/news/one-cup-at-a-time-mckinney-sisters-blog-explores-texas/article_f0a6787c-8055-11e7-9a13-2fedd081729a.html
We visited “Arusha Coffee Company” in Belton, Texas.
We visited “Summer Moon” in Downtown Frisco, Texas.
We visited “Dichotomy” in Waco, Texas.
We were interviewed by Kris Gutierrez from NBC 5 in our very own Downtown McKinney. It was such a fun time and cool experience!
The Donut Kitchen in McKinney was super incredible and let us feature our logo on their coffee sleeves!
We were featured in the Texas A&M newspaper called the Battalion! It was such a cool feeling to be in “The Batt”! http://www.thebatt.com/life-arts/sisters-travel-texas-for-coffee-blog/article_b1665c80-98fc-11e7-bd2b-0b20826ed96b.html
We visited “Old West Coffee Cafe” in Pilot Point, Texas.
We visited “Pacific Trade Winds Coffee Company” in McKinney, Texas.
We visited “Caffe Promenade” in Allen, Texas.
We visited “Mita’s Coffee Lab” in Corsicana, Texas.
We visited “Thumper’s” in Nacogdoches, Texas.
We visited “Benny’s Bagels” in McKinney, Texas.
I dunked my Fighting Texas Aggie Ring in a pitcher of cold brew and sparkling lemon water! I got the idea from a coffee shop I visited in Franklin, Tennessee, that summer called “Honest Coffee Company”.
We visited “Sweet Eugene’s” in College Station, Texas.
Our interview with NBC 5 aired at the end of this month! People were so excited for us and it was such a sweet moment. https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Texas-Connects-Us-Blogging-Coffee-With-the-Boykins-447732573.html
We visited “Java Jack’s” in Nacogdoches, Texas.
We visited “La Gabriella Coffeeshop and Pastries” in College Station, Texas.
We visited “The BRU” in Waco, Texas.
We visited “Plum Coffee” in Cypress, Texas.
We visited “Black Forest Coffee” in Dallas, Texas.
We kicked the month off be launching #CoffeeTalks. We started #CoffeeTalks so that people would have a chance to tell their stories just as if they are sitting across the table from you at their favorite coffee shop. #Coffeetalks talk about their coffee experience, their life, and what makes them love the Lone Star State. We absolutely love doing this segment and our very first one featured our amazing great aunt who is extremely special to us.
We visited “Hard Bean” in Lumberton, Texas.
We visited “Conroe Coffee” in Conroe, Texas.
We visited “Sertinos Coffee” in Beaumont, Texas.
We visited “Biggby Coffee” in Allen, Texas.
We visited “Rao’s Bakery & Coffee Cafe” in Spring, Texas.
We visited “Classic Rock Coffee Company” in Navasota, Texas.
We visited Dallas’ first pop-up Christmas Coffee shop called “Deck the Hall Street Coffee Shop“.
We started the year with a fun giveaway where a lucky follower won Brian W. Jones’ book, Brew: Better Coffee At Home, and some of our Coffee Over Tejas stickers!
We visited “The Village Coffee” in Allen, Texas.
We visited “Layered” in Downtown McKinney, Texas.
We visited “Dwell Coffee and Biscuits” in Old Town Burleson, Texas.
We visited “Coffee Off the Square” in Sulphur Springs, Texas.
We visited “A Bakery” in McKinney, Texas.
We visited “Mugs on the Square” in Commerce, Texas.
We visited “Conversations Coffee Bar” in Wylie, Texas.
We visited “White Rock Coffee” in Dallas, Texas.
This year has been such a journey full of so many opportunities that have been such a blessing to us. It is such a privedge for us to be able to do this, something we love so very much, and share it with our sisters/best friends. Even though we definitely have our differences and arguments, it is so incredible that we all three share the same love and passion. Honestly we give all of the credit for how the blog came about and all of the cool adventures we have had with it to Jesus. He is the one who gives life and gives every step we take purpose and meaning. As we go forward into the next year of this adventure, I pray this over us and the blog.
“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard-things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good-crucified.”
We can’t wait to see what is in store for us this next year! We are hopeful.