Blacksmith serves up specialty coffee and quality food with exceptional service. The coffee shop lives up to its name by making as much as possible by hand and seeking out the best purveyors for the products they sell. Because of this approach, Blacksmith has become a hub for Houston’s creative class.

David Buehrer


David Buehrer has been brewing and serving his entire working life (since 2000). He opened Greenway Coffee Company in 2008, which roasts and distributes high quality coffee and tea to various coffeeshops, restaurants, and bars, including Underbelly, Coltivare and Paulie's, in addition to his storefront Greenway Coffee and Tea. He opened Blacksmith in conjunction with the Clumsy Butcher group in 2013, which has frequently been named one of the top coffee shops in the country. With a pedigree that ranges from being a national barista competitor to hosting TEDxHouston, David has made a name for himself in and out of coffee. David will open Morningstar, a coffee and donuts concept, in The Heights in 2016.

John Letoto

Director of coffee education/head roaster at Greenway Coffee

Honolulu native John Letoto came to Houston by way of Louisville to open Blacksmith in 2012. He contributes to all aspects of the business--primarily through overseeing Greenway's roasting and helping set standards for Blacksmith--ensuring Blacksmith maintains its reputation for top-notch service. A regular on the national latte art competition circuit and an international judge for the Coffee Masters Competition, Letoto was one of only three Americans to compete in the Coffee Fest Latte Art World Championship Open in Tokyo in 2015.