When you drive down 34th Street in Lubbock, tucked among a strip of inconspicuous buildings, you will find a lovely little grey building with cheerful yellow trim. This is the home of Yellow House Coffee, a newer coffee shop in the city. Opening in the summer of 2013, this shop is less than a mile from J&B Coffee, but has been holding its own and offering a very different atmosphere. It is a small space, but does not lack in seating or character. I have come here to write on a few occasions and found it conducive to actually getting things done. There isn't the distraction of the constant flow of people in and out. Not to say it isn't busy, it just encourages a calmer pace than some of its counterparts. This space caters to friendly conversation or a quiet study atmosphere.
Yellow House uses Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters out of Dallas. They offer all the usual coffee and espresso drinks as well as pourover. I had a shot of espresso even though I was already so caffeinated I was shaking like a politician hooked up to a lie detector. The notes leaned heavy towards the smokey side with a little dark berry swimming in there. These guys don't just do coffee. They also bake, in house, cinnamon rolls, killer bagels, muffins and other goodies. I had an everything bagel and am glad I don't have access to this every day because I'd get bagel-bloated. I have poor willpower. Yellow House also makes their own syrups to flavor your drinks. I have a soft spot for handcrafted details like this. It shows an awareness of their ability to control quality and really bring out exactly what flavors they want in their finished product.
I was treated to a glass of cascara tea while visiting. This was actually my first time trying it and it really was what I expected. It's a cherry, so you can probably deduce for yourself what the major flavor note is.
I always appreciate the friendly service I get when I go into Yellow House Coffee. They may be the new kids on the block, but they are on the right track to being around for many more years.