The shop will be run by owner and lead barista Ryan Borinaga and his wife and co-owner, Janice Chiu, who Borinaga said have been longtime coffee connoisseurs. While Borinaga worked for a bit at Starbucks, it was not until 2021 when he started roasting his own coffee beans from his home that the idea sparked to open a coffee business.
“That hobby became kind of a rabbit hole into specialty coffee and just the nuances and the science behind bringing out flavors within coffee,” he said.
This launched into the traveling coffee cart concept in October 2021, with Borinaga and Chiu offering fresh coffee beverages at events across the Houston area with their Fellowship Coffee Co. cart.
“I love the coffee scene, and I love when people come together just for a cup of coffee, just talking and bonding together,” he said. “We wanted to bring that coffee shop experience to your special event, wedding and corporate office.”
Fellowship Coffee Co. will offer various handcrafted coffee beverages as well as pastries from local vendors. Just like the mobile espresso bar, the shop will offer fresh-roasted coffee sourced from all over the world, Borinaga said.
Growing up near Sugar Land, Borinaga said he spent a lot of time patronizing Asian businesses in the Sugar Land and Missouri City area. As the couple prepares to open their shop in Missouri City, Borinaga, who is Filipino, said he wanted to infuse some Filipino ingredients into the coffee at Fellowship Coffee Co.
The shop will offer a biko coffee drink, inspired by the sweet dish from the Philippines made with dark brown sugar and coconut milk over sticky rice.
“We’re excited to bring this type of coffee culture to the Sugar Land and Missouri City area,” Borinaga said. “You see a lot of this specialty, or what you called third wave coffee companies, more in the city. So it'd be nice to have something in the Sugar Land area.”