Sometimes, the “good ol’ days” aren’t as great as the “new days” to come. This is the case with Aperture located at 2503 Bagby at McGowen. Does that locale sound familiar? Well it should. It’s the address of the former Coffee Groundz but don’t shed a tear for the beloved coffee haven. The venue has simply received a bit of a facelift and a name change and voila … we have the new and improved Aperture!
Aperture offers the same tasty treats, sandwiches and coffee drinks you’ve grown to know and love but there’s so much more! First, the concept has changed and now, in addition to great coffee, Aperture is also a photo gallery (as if you couldn’t have guessed). The gallery exhibitions will be a series of rotating shows and will change every 2 to 3 months. The second change to notate is that Aperture is highlighting a variety of specialty brewed coffees including Chemex, Siphon coffeemakers and single pour over’s. What’s all that fancy talk mean? Here’s a short tutorial for you wanna be coffee nerds:
1. The Chemex® coffeemaker was invented in 1941 by Dr. Peter Schlumbohm. It is an elegant, one-piece, hourglass shaped vessel made of high quality, heat resistant glass. With the Chemex® method, you can make coffee as strong as you like without bitterness. Perfect for iced coffee and coffee flavoring for gourmet recipes. Because of its purity, Chemex® brewed coffee can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for reheating … without losing its flavor! (taken from www.chemexcoffeemaker.com)
2. The Siphon coffeemaker was invented in Europe in the mid 1800’s and was very popular throughout North America until the mid 1960’s. As manufacturers began making more drip coffeemakers, the siphon models fell by the way. This method, while slower brewing, produces a much nicer and richer cup of coffee. (taken from www.coffeegeek.com/guides/siphoncoffee/)
3. Pour over coffee involves a barista grinding enough beans for a single cup of coffee, using a cone brewer with filter and then custom brewing one single serving of coffee by pouring hot water over the beans. This brew method produces a coffee flavor close to the flavor profile from larger drip brewers because it is a brew method that uses a filter, unlike either a French press or a Clover cup of coffee. (taken from www.starbucksmelody.com)
Another exciting change for Aperture is the return of beer and wine! Yep, you heard it. If all goes according to plan, you should be able to enjoy a glass of wine or have an ice cold beer at Aperture within the next couple of months (I’m hoping sooner). Lastly, expect to begin to see a plethora of special events emerging from Aperture such as local bands performing, art shows, meet-ups and more.
- Friday, July 27 – Live Music & FREE BEER (beginning at 9 p.m.). Performances by: Say Girl Say, the George Mitchell Trio and Spilling the Beans.
- Sunday, July 29 – Modeling Industry Mix & Mingle from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Come out mingle with the beautiful people; plus a variety of hair stylists, photographers, makeup artists and other!
To hear more about upcoming events or to host your own event at Aperture, call 713-874-0082 or visit Aperture on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ApertureHouston.