BlendIn Coffee Club aims to make coffee a destination attraction in Sugar Land 

BlendIn Coffee Club owner Weihong Zhang (center) orders coffee from farms all over the world, including Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Burundi, Panama, Colombia, Kenya, Honduras and Myanmar.

BlendIn Coffee Club owner Weihong Zhang (center) orders coffee from farms all over the world, including Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Burundi, Panama, Colombia, Kenya, Honduras and Myanmar.

Image description
BlendIn Coffee Club
Image description
BlendIn Coffee Club
Image description
BlendIn Coffee Club
After spending nearly a decade studying biochemistry, Pearland resident Weihong Zhang abandoned his career working in the pharmacology department at the Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center to pursue his real passion: specialty coffee.

“I want more people to have the chance to get into specialty coffee—to actually know specialty coffee,” he said.

Zhang opened BlendIn Coffee Club in Sugar Land on Nov. 17, but the journey began two years prior in Tempe, Arizona, where a public cupping event was held at local cafe Infusion Coffee and Tea, Zhang said.

“Cupping is basically a way of tasting coffee,” he said. “It’s like wine tasting but for coffee.”

In Arizona, Zhang sampled coffee brewed from beans farmed in Africa. He was amazed coffee could taste so good, he said.

Shortly after that event, Zhang left his job to learn about coffee from Patrick O’Malley, Infusion Coffee and Tea owner and a coffee expert who is certified by the Specialty Coffee Association—the top authority on high-quality coffee, Zhang said.

The SCA scores coffee on a 0-to-100 scale based on aspects, such as fragrance, aroma, flavor, aftertaste, acidity, balance and body. Those that score 80 points or more are considered specialty coffee, Zhang said.

“We [at BlendIn] care about our coffee beans,” he said. “All of our coffee beans are scored at least [at] 85 points.”

Zhang sources all his coffee either directly from the coffee farms or from importers, which allows him to trace his products to specific plots on the farms where the beans grow, he said.

Zhang typically hosts free cupping events every Friday and regularly teaches SCA-certified classes on subjects, such as brewing, roasting, barista skills and green coffee.

Zhang said he decided to open BlendIn in Sugar Land because he feels it is an underserved community when it comes to coffee options.

“There are more people [in downtown Houston], but I believe coffee should be a destination point,” he said. “It’s the whole idea that we want to promote coffee quality instead of just selling by volume.”

BlendIn Coffee Club


8410 Hwy. 90A, Sugar Land
346-368-2895
www.blendincoffeeclub.com
Hours: Mon - Sun: 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
SHARE THIS STORY


MOST RECENT

Houston 2026 World Cup Bid Committee
Houston vying to become host city for 2026 FIFA World Cup

Houston is among 17 U.S. cities in the race to host the World Cup and is competing against other major cities, such as New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas, for the nod.

Jinya Ramen Bar to open Dec. 16 in Sugar Land

The restaurant chain's founder, Tomonori Takahashi, wanted to bring traditional Japanese ramen to the United States.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls announces campaign for Texas Congressional District 22 seat

Incumbent Pete Olson said he will not seek re-election for this position earlier this year.

Crab Heads Cajun Boil now open in Missouri City

The new restaurant specializes in Cajun and Creole cuisines.

Grand Living at Riverstone expects to break ground winter 2020 in Sugar Land

The senior living community plans to welcome residents in the summer of 2021.

JUSGO Supermarket now open in Sugar Land

The Asian supermarket hosted a grand opening Nov. 18.

FEYDUPS KITCHEN now serving African cuisine in Sugar Land

Chef Adunni Fodeke said she is excited to bring bold flavors to Sugar Land.

Outback Steakhouse now open at The Grid development in Stafford

Outback Steakhouse relocated from Sugar Land

Wing Station opens second location at Riverstone in Sugar Land

The other area Wing Station opened in late 2018 in Missouri City.

State Rep. Rick Miller drops reelection bid after saying opponents were challenging him because they’re Asian

State Rep. Rick Miller, R-Sugar Land, is no longer running for reelection after he sparked a firestorm for saying he was facing primary challengers because they are “Asian.”

(Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Here’s where to vote for the state House District 28 runoff election

Early voting runs Jan. 21-14, and election day is Jan. 28.

(Beth Marshall/Community Impact Newspaper)
BREAKING: The Sugar Land 95 have been laid to rest

The remains of The Sugar Land 95, the individuals discovered at an unmarked and historic cemetery at the James Reese Career and Technical Center's construction site in Fort Bend ISD have been laid to rest at the site where their remains were originally found, according to a Dec. 3 release from FBISD.

Back to top