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Allen’s Landing is an historic park that truly defines our city. Often described as “Houston’s Plymouth Rock”, it was here in 1836 that August Chapman and John Kirby Allen stepped ashore and claimed Houston, as their own. This site, at the confluence of Buffalo and White Oak bayous also became Houston’s first port, a thriving commercial hub, and a symbol of our city’s entrepreneurial spirit. Today, through efforts of the non-profit Buffalo Bayou Partnership, historic Allen’s Landing is being transformed into an active and vibrant destination along downtown’s waterfront.
BBP has successfully completed Phase I of Allen’s Landing including a restored historic wharf, embarcadero promenade, entry plaza, hike and bike trails, site furnishings, and landscaping. Phase II is scheduled for completion in late summer 2010. Central to Allen’s Landing revitalization is the restoration of the Sunset Coffee Building, one of the few remaining industrial buildings on Buffalo Bayou and a contributing structure within downtown’s Main Street/Market Square Historic District.
The Sunset Coffee Building was built in 1910 as an annex to the 1880’s William Cleveland and Son’s wholesale grocer supply building. Both buildings were located at the corner of Fannin and Main and specialized in accepting goods as they came into the port. The Sunset Coffee Building functioned as a coffee roasting company, indicating coffee’s key role in Houston’s economy and development. Today, the City of Houston is one of four green coffee ports in the United States.
Designed by the nationally recognized architecture firm Lake | Flato, along with local architect BNIM, and nationally recognized landscape architects, SWA Group, the restored Sunset Coffee Building will be transformed into Buffalo Bayou’s premier recreational and cultural center. In 2011, the groundwork was laid for Houston First, a local government corporation supported by Houston's hotel occupancy taxes, to work with Buffalo Bayou Partnership to restore the historic Sunset Coffee Building to inlcued a boating/biking concession, the BBP office, exhibition and rental space, and a rooftop terrace.
Next time you're craving a rich cup of coffee or looking for that perfect gift, reach for something totally unique – our new Bayou Blend. A community partnership between Katz Coffee and Buffalo Bayou Partnership, the custom blend is part of Katz Coffee's Coffee Cause Program. Fifty-cents from each bag will benefit Buffalo Bayou Partnership to further its mission of conservation, improvement, and increased community involvement along Buffalo Bayou, including the restoration of the Sunset Coffee Building at historic Allen’s Landing.
Bayou Blend is richly aromatic, hefty earthy and distinctly lush-much like Houston’s Buffalo Bayou, the fascinating urban green space that inspired this coffee and traverses from the outskirts of Katy through downtown Houston to the Ship Channel. Bayou Blend delivers a cup of coffee that is smooth in body and offers a hint of chocolate, dark fruit and citrus. This blend is fair trade/organic and bird friendly. Pick up a bag online or at farmers markets around town.
Locations to purchase Bayou Blend (1/2 lb. and 1 lb. available):
Katz Coffee – www.katzcoffee.com
Bayou City Farmer’s Market – Every Saturday from 8am-noon 3000 Richmond at Eastside Between Buffalo Speedway and Kirbywww.urbanharvest.org
Midtown Farmer’s Market - Every Saturday from 8am – noon Monica Pope’s t’afia 3701 Travis Street One block north of W. Alabama Light Rail Station: HCC/Ensemble www.tafia.com
Whole Foods Market – Houston stores
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