Hosted by Houston Coffee Collective

Winners Annouced!

1st Place: @Chrisportobarista - 421 points

 @Chrisportobarista Our entry for the the #htxbestcoffeegram2018 competition. The topic is pretty broad: show us the very best moments of the Houston coffee scene. These photos represent a lot of those moments, but the behind-the-scenes ones of laughter, creative thought, conversation, and camaraderie that occur in the Houston coffee community are too numerous to capture all on camera. We're glad to be a part of it.
Photographer: Chris Porto || Models: Ernesto Alejandro, Tanya Scott, Hillary Garcia @htxcoffeecollective

2nd Place: @Mamasbrew - 413 points

3rd Place : @stefanheldzinger - 392 points

Poster Designed by Megan Milstead  Photo by Jonathan Mazaltov

Poster Designed by Megan Milstead

Photo by Jonathan Mazaltov

The Houston Coffee Collective is hosting its first Social Media Contest!

Whether it's nostalgia, delicious coffee, or a simple conversation with friends, submit your photos that show some of the very best moments of the Houston coffee scene!


Houston's Best Coffeegram - HTXCoffee Social Media Contest 2018


Submission Requirement


3 photos under 3 different categories have to be submitted on one Instagram post using hashtag #HTXBestCoffeegram2018 and @HtxCoffeeCollective. Photos can be taken at any coffee business. This is a regional competition. Pictures have to be taken within the counties listed under the Submission criteria below.

The three categories are:

  1. Coffee

  2. Interior of coffee business

  3. Exterior of coffee business



Caption will be graded based on:

  1. Quality of information

  2. Professionalism - Captions should be written in an inclusive and professional manner.



The top 8 finalists will be featured on Houston Coffee Collective website. Once scores are tallied, the judges will select the top 3 contestants - 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the contest.

Winners get a shoutout on the HTX Coffee Collective website and Instagram, get published on Coffee People Zine, and prizes from our sponsors!


Prizes for the Top Three Winners


  • Roast Magazine 1-year subscription

  • A tea set from Teema Teas, a locally owned, single origin tea company.

  • All top three winners get their entries published in the Coffee People Zine -  Vol. 4, in December, 2018.

  • All top 8 final contestants get their entries featured on the Houston Coffee Collective Website.

  • 1st place winner also gets featured on www.htxcoffeecollective.com landing page, a crystal trophy sponsored by Monarch Trophy and Awards, and a $100 visa gift card


Submission Criteria

  1. Entries must be submitted under an individual Instagram account.

  2. Photos should be taken between September 9th- September 19th 11:59pm CST.

  3. Photos should be exclusively taken for the purpose of this competition and not been posted on other channels prior to this competition.

  4. Location of which photos are taken: Any premise that operates primarily in coffee: coffee trading companies, roasteries, coffee shops, et cetera.

  5. Please post on Instagram with 3 full size photos on a single post feed with one caption. Note: Do not post multiple photos with separate captions.

  6. Captions should be written in an inclusive and professional manner. Reference and writing guide can be found on the Houston Coffee Collective website, under Resources for Inclusive Language. No offensive language, including attack towards shops and people, will be tolerated.

  7. Must include hashtag: #HTXBestCoffeegram2018 and @HtxCoffeeCollective.

  8. The 8 finalists are required to send a copy of the photos in full resolution, and caption to team@htxcoffeecollective.com with the subject line: Houston’s Best Coffeegram 2018.

  9. By submitting, HTX Coffee Collective has the right to repost photos with full credit to the photographer.

  10. Photos should be taken in Houston and Greater Houston Area, TX - Harris County, Fort Bend County, Montgomery County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Liberty County, Waller County, Chambers County, Austin County.



Judging Criteria:

Five judges will be grading the entries. Each photo will be graded on a scale from 1 to 10 on the criteria. The quality of the caption will also be graded on a scale from 1 to 10. Total score for each photo is 40 points. Full score is 480 points.  Judges will score the photos based on three criteria:

  1. Composition

  2. Quality of information

  3. Overall Aesthetic & Creativity

The caption will be graded based on:

  1. Quality of information

  2. Professionalism - Captions should be written in an inclusive and professional manner.

Please visit the Rules and Regulations page for detailed information.

For inquiries, please contact team@htxcoffeecollective.com


Our Judges:

Kami Huyse
Founder and CEO, Zoetica Media

Tommy Orellana

Ariel Photographer

Marlen Mendoza

Founder, Amaneca Co.

Jonathan Mazaltov

Social Media Guru

Roslynn Velasquez

Account Director, The Black Sheep Agency

Our Sponsors


Roast Magazine

Roast is a bi-monthly technical trade magazine dedicated to the success and growth of the specialty coffee industry. Roast addresses the art, science and business of coffee by covering the issues most important to the industry, with high-quality editorial focused on the technical aspects of coffee.


Coffee People Zine

Coffee People Zine is a print publication that connects coffee professionals over their shared love for coffee and their skills and talent outside the cafe. We aim to highlight the extracurricular activities of coffee pros - the art, photography, poetry, music, and other creative projects that are pursued by baristas, roasters, cafe owners and managers, production assistants, and other folx who work in coffee. We stand for coffee, creativity, and community.


Teema Teas

SINGLE-ORIGIN, DIRECT-TRADE, ORGANIC teas from a WOMAN-OWNED FARM TEEMA TEAS brings you closer than ever to where your tea comes from and the farmers that grew it. We are proud to source all our teas from the same small, woman-owned farm in northern Thailand. Our tea is grown the way nature intended — our leaves are cultivated and picked by hand using traditional & USDA certified organic methods. Our direct-trade practices guarantee fair wages to the women who work so hard to earn them. Through our efforts, we are working towards a world in which women are equal and empowered. When you drink TEEMA, you taste change.

Monarch Trophy & Awards

Monarch Trophy & Awards was established in 1967. We have provided awards and trophies for corporations, national organizational groups, the business community and adult/youth sports leagues for over 50 years. Our showroom has over 3,500 awards and trophies on display for the convenience of our customers. We have in-house capabilities for producing quick turn-around of items selected by our customers. Our product line is perhaps the finest in the Texas Southwest area and we can provide a vast assortment of awards and special event items. We have one of the largest selections of in-stock plaques, crystal and acrylic awards, marble and onyx, clocks and pen sets, custom awards, sports awards from little league to adult, as well as tournament quality sport awards.



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