After 10 years of being a stay-at-home mom, Tayra Peterson, owner of Buster’s Brew Coffee & Deli, was inspired to open a community coffee shop in her hometown of New Caney after falling in love with the atmosphere at a small craft coffee shop out of state.
“I really just wanted a small craft coffee shop. The problem was … the dynamics of the community—and this is before Valley Ranch [Town Center] was built—there wasn’t really anything offered out here,” Peterson said.
With the help of her family, Peterson opened Buster’s Brew Coffee & Deli in New Caney on Feb. 10, 2014. Although owning a business proved more difficult than she originally imagined, it is now five years later, and Peterson said she still enjoys it.
“After five years … it’s still fun,” she said. “I think that’s probably the best thing about it.”
What started out as a small coffee shop has grown to offer a breakfast and lunch menu. In addition to craft coffee from Vertere Coffee Roasters in Porter as well as loose-leaf tea and craft coffee from roaster Texas Coffee Traders, Peterson said she hopes to incorporate beer and wine at the eatery in the future and extend the business’s hours into dinner.
The eatery offers various paninis, burgers, daily soups, breakfast tacos, omelets and French toast. It even has a secret menu—which Peterson said can be inquired about in person—that has been created over time by and for the eatery’s loyal customers.
“More than our menu and more than our four walls, we really are about [the]people,” Peterson said.
On a wall in the eatery is a collection of old framed photographs depicting generations of Peterson’s and her husband’s family—both of which have lived and owned businesses in the New Caney area for generations. In fact, Peterson said her grandparents owned the first grocery store in New Caney, Bonnette Grocery Store, circa 1963.
“We have a lot of roots that go really deep in this town, and we’re proud of our community,” Peterson said.
“We both graduated from New Caney [ISD]. … We wanted to do something where people could come in and they would actually have a sense of community.”
Buster’s Brew Coffee & Deli
20126 Loop 494, New Caney
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.-3 p.m., closed Sun.