This morning, I was dropping off the car for some work in downtown Belton that was going to leave me with an hour to kill. I asked if there was a place nearby I could grab a coffee and get some paperwork done. Without missing a beat, I was told “Arusha’s”. I must admit, the name intrigued me. Sounded different. I found it located a block away and had been to the building before, but this time it was different.
126 N. East Street has housed various merchants since the early days of Belton with cattle drives and Model T’s. A former location tenant was a coffee house as well. From the moment you enter, you’re instantly put at ease. The funky & casual seating utilizing the front windows morning sun, the stylish chromed tables and chairs, and local art are set against the aged look of the building and its interior, letting you visually know this isn’t your grandpa’s coffee shop. The music gently piped in is best described as “World Music”. I instantly took a liking to the vibe that was forming. And that vibe was topped off by the aroma of fresh roasts, teas, and baked goods. I have one rule for coffeehouses. It’s similar to my one for mexican restaurants. I judge them by their salsa. At a coffeehouse its a Hazlenut Latte. So I stepped up to the plate, ordered up with a banana nut muffin from the pastries, and waited. Once delivered, I headed to the table to put my purchases, my pad, and work folders down. I took my seat. I took a sip. At that moment, I fell head over heels in love with Arusha.
Two friends, Hatem and Ernst, are from opposite parts of the world. The first from Tunsia, the latter hailing from Haiti, are more like brothers and their love of coffee and teas made opening Arusha’s together a no brainer. They offer over 100 different organic teas and roast their coffees in-house. For Belton, this is a rare find and a welcomed addition to the downtown area. I’ve traveled this world and have had many Hazlenut Latte’s, but this by far was the absolute best I had ever had. To top it off, the banana nut muffin was delicious. In fact, I enjoyed it so much I got absolutely no work done. I spent the rest of my hour relaxing in the surroundings, checking some emails and social media posts. Arusha’s had cast it’s spell on me. Open 7 days a week 7am-11pm ARUSHA’S FACEBOOK PAGE ARUSHA’S WEBSITE