Coffee, Three Ways
● By Jessie Monsivais
Tucked in the back of the shopping strip, located at the bustling corner of Airline and Alameda, you’ll find Driftwood Coffee Co.’s latest development. When you walk in, you’ll see Randi and Steven Carroll. They’ll greet you with their ever-so warm smiles and probably ask how your day has been so far. The atmosphere is warm, welcoming.
Driftwood Coffee Co.’s new spot offers a behind the scenes look for coffee connoisseurs and java addicts alike. Corpus natives and owners, Randi and Steven began their Driftwood adventure in 2014, but their most recent development is a roastery with a tasting room, that not only serves wholesale customers, but is also a communal space for entertainment, education, and building relationships.
Open once a week on Thursdays, from 10 am – 2 pm, folks can come in to enjoy coffee and learn about the origin of the beans, flavor profiles, and cupping – a quality control process professional tasters use to grade the coffee and put it on the specialty coffee market.
“People can walk in and order coffee in three different ways. We typically have a House Blend on drip, or you can order any of our offerings – single origins and blends on pour-over,” says Randi.
“You can also buy a cupping for $10 that includes two different coffees to taste side by side and 15 minutes of education time to learn the flavor profile and quality control of the coffee. It’s also a beautiful space for people to enjoy and connect.” she says.
Designed by dear friends and owners of Neighbormade Design Company, Randi shares her appreciation and admiration of the communal effort of Buck Matthews and Sara Gallagher for creating the space including the handcrafted tables and countertops. Randi says her friends coming together is symbolism for what Driftwood Coffee is all about.
“Seeing our Corpus community was ready for locally roasted coffee and ready to learn about it, we wanted to build the community, the relationships between customers, and their communities,” says Randi. “Coffee connects with other people. It’s why our mission statement is roasting for the community.”
Back when Randi and Steven began this journey when they operated out of their garage, they learned about consumer coffee and exploitation of coffee farms. One of the reasons they decided upon specialty co ee was because of the sustainable practices of specialty trade and initiatives to help farmers buy back their land.
Each month Driftwood Coffee Co. donates tips and proceeds from purchases of their Special to a non-profit as part of their Community Giveback. This month, the Special includes two bags of Mexico and drip coffee for $28. All tips and proceeds will bene t the animals at the Gulf Coast Humane Society.
The grand opening, set for September 26, will debut new roastery and tasting room hours along with local eats, music, and free coffee all day. Patrons can also treat themselves to Driftwood’s free public cupping at 1:00 pm every Thursday, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Driftwood Coffee Co. also has a tech area for equipment sales and service. “This was not available in Corpus until now. Before you’d have to have someone come service from out of town and they’d charge a travel fee plus time," says Randi. " is way, it’s convenient, local, and helps brewers;” and thats what Driftwood truly is about, helping locals experience coffee in a new way.
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