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Coffee Tour: Dallas, Texas

Coffee; Dallas; Matt Lambert

The Dallas coffeeshop has transformed in my absence. I remember the over-saturation of Starbucks and having to order from Austin or other favorites. Now, that is no longer the case. Dallas has become a flourishing center for the perfect coffee extraction. Artisan roasters are filling the city. Coffeeshops that focus on the experience and community which gathers within its walls are thriving. Shops built for conversations, work, or a bit of solace now exist throughout the metroplex making DFW a coffee destination.

Union Coffee

Coffee. Community. Cause. These three words spell out the mantra and driving force of the shop. A local, Dallas coffeeshop started for the sole purpose of building a community hub, Union serves up Eiland Coffee  roasted in neighboring part of the DFW Metroplex. They create the perfect balance of coffee shop and work space for those who do not have an office, but have not made the jump to a coworking space.

Ascension; Dallas; Matt Lambert

 

Ascension (Oak Lawn)

Wine bar meets coffee shop is the feel of Ascension located in the Oak Lawn neighborhood of Dallas.  The owner, Russell, decided to start something which he felt was missing in Dallas, “a great cup of coffee in a warm, conversation filled environment.” This is the soul of Ascension, and they accomplish it by first and foremost caring about the development of each aspect of the business: the farmers, the coffee, the roasting, the workers serving it, and the community.  Ascension is an excellent locale for working in the morning and hosting the afternoon to evening meetings over a drink.

 

Davis Street Espresso (Oak Cliff)

Davis Street Espresso is the home of Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters, and probably my favorite cup of coffee. Davis Street is being revitalized with new shops and businesses. The community is turning around and becoming a place where people want to be. The coffee house feels more like a pub to me from the all wood setting to the continual conversations that place there. Sitting for a few minutes, one will hear friendly chatter, politics,  and philosophical discourse about the need for personal and communal transformation. No matter what the subject matter might be, it is a place where both neighbors and outsiders want to sit and be. If you do not get the chance to visit Davis Street then go to OCCR’s website and order some coffee.

Houndstooth (Knox/Henderson)

What I love about Houndstooth is the passion to be a part of their customers identity and the identity of the local neighborhood. Their mission is “to be an integral pattern in the fabric of the Texas coffee community.”It is easy to feel this when interacting with the baristas. They are personable, interactive, and pour with intention. The desire is to provide a coffee experience like no other. They specialize in the finest coffee, tea, beer, and wines. They also serve up taste filled pastries for the perfect, late morning snack.

 

RE:defined (Grapevine)

Sitting here as I write. 🙂 A decent work environment. Cozy. Relaxed. The coffee being served is from Avoca out of Fort Worth, and it is represented extremely well. Sometimes they off other specialty coffees which is a nice way to mix it up, but sticking with the Avoca is not a bad choice either. You can enjoy a bottomless cup of their French Pressed coffee for under $4 which is a huge benefit. Also take a peak at the secret menu for some extra surprised like the Hamilton.

 

Edison (Flower Mound)

Another North Dallas favorite that I do not get to frequent. Edison looks to create a better environment for their customers by trying to get to know each of them. The staff believe in the possibility of better, and desire to provide the best farm-to-cup experience in the most ethical way possible. The team of rosters, bristles and creatives understand the full coffee experience and provide it. Not to mention, they were the first shop to provide me with a proper flat white when I first arrived Dallas. I cannot overstate how much I love this Dallas coffeeshop, and their perfect blends of coffee and frothed milk.

Honorable Mentions:

Honorable mentions is not a slight. These are cafes and shops that need to be tried and enjoyed, however, others just stuck with me for some reason. Maybe it was a more personable barista experience, a coffee note hit me just right, or some other reason. The following shops are excellent Dallas coffeeshops and would be a part of any coffee tour that I would put together.

Zenzero (Coppell)

Excellent food and coffee. While the space was tight, I loved my experience here. Easy, spicy chorizo breakfast tacos paired nicely with a bold, dark cup of coffee from Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters. They look to create a full experience, and believe they are nailing it. I hear they are expanding, and I look forward to another visit.

Liberation (C0ppell)

Sering Eiland Coffee like Union mentioned above, the Chemex was spot on. The only downside was my interactions here. Those working were knowledgeable enough, but seemed uncomfortable when I was asking questions. I will definitely go back, especially with so many friends living in the area. One other positive were the weekend hours, open later on Sundays in an area where stores traditionally close down earlier.

(All photos used via Facebook pages of each coffeeshop.)

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