Urban Dog Coffee Becomes Oak Lawn Coffee | Dallas, TX

September 15, 2011 · Filed Under DFW, Retailers, Texas Retailers · Comment 

(via – City of Ate | Dallas Observer)

Urban Dog Coffee Becomes Oak Lawn Coffee, Makes Over Its Space and Its Mission

Urban Dog Coffee.jpg

​Urban Dog Coffee got a new name and a facelift over the labor day weekend. While they’re not quite finished with the work, the newly branded Oak Lawn Coffee has a new paint job and logo that give the space an entirely new feel.

 

Cool grays and blues have replaced a tired orange and brown color scheme, and towards the end of the month an art fixture will be installed over the bar. Local artist Phillip McVean is tasked with the permanent installation and plans to work in reclaimed lumber for the assignment.

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News: "Revival Market is the toast of the town"

July 1, 2011 · Filed Under Baristas, Houston, Industry, Retailers, Roasters · Comment 

Source: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ent/7632653.html

Revival Market is the toast of the town
Coffee bar is an example of grocery’s push for local goods
By GREG MORAGO FOOD WRITER
June 29, 2011, 5:26PM

Barista at Revival Market

Michael Paulsen Houston Chronicle Barista, Fabio Pontes, makes an espresso behind the coffee bar at Revival Market in the Heights. The grocery is one of the few places in town where you can get locally roasted coffee from a handful of the city's top roasters.

“…

Revival continues to explore ways to distinguish itself as both a market and a marketplace, thanks to the efforts of co-owners Morgan Weber and Ryan Pera. Revival’s coffee program is a good example. Java fans will be happy to know that Revival is the only place in town where you can buy beans from three of Houston’s small-batch roasters: Amaya Roasting Co., Greenway Coffee Co. and Fusion Beans. Those boutique purveyors have joined the store’s coffee stock, which also includes Katz’s Coffee and Fontana Coffee Roasters.

With top-notch Houston-roasted beans available, expanded offerings at its coffee bar and serious bean-head baristas working behind the counter, Revival is the city’s new coffee mecca.

“A lot of people who know coffee already know about it, so they come,” said barista Fabio Pontes.

But those who aren’t in the know might be surprised to learn that the coffee bar occasionally has local coffee masters pouring as guest baristas. Recently Max Gonzalez of Catalina Coffee (which features Amaya beans) rocked Revival’s coffee bar. Coffee sales doubled that day.

Revival’s coffee bar also is unique in that it is serving an espresso tasting “flight” that includes strong plain espresso, an Americano (espresso with water) and cappuccino (espresso with milk). The bar also cold steeps its coffee for iced coffee, as opposed to brewed coffee that is iced. The difference in flavors is astonishing.

The coffee program is, like its food offerings, Revival’s way of supporting the best of local purveyors and food artisans. The store already has become the place where the best locally sourced products can be found…”

The Coffee Haus Downtown – Closed

November 3, 2010 · Filed Under Retailers · Comment 

The Coffee Haus Downtown Coffee Roasters in Arlington, TX has closed its doors.







Please see their blog post:  Letter To Our Customers

More Starbucks News – Beer & Wine

October 18, 2010 · Filed Under Coffee Industry, Gimmicks, Industry Insight, Publicity, Retailers · Comment 

(From USA Today) – Here we go again.

Starbucks remakes its future with an eye on beer and wine

By Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY

…A very different kind of Starbucks is on tap. It will serve regional wine and beer. It offers an expansive plate of locally made cheeses — served on china. The barista bar is rebuilt to seat customers up close to the coffee.

Most conspicuously, the place looks less like a Starbucks and more like a cafe that’s been part of the neighborhood for years — yet that’s “green” in design and decor. This is the calling card of independent java joints that have been eating and sipping away at Starbucks’ evening business for decades. U.S. Starbucks stores get 70% of business before 2 p.m…. more…


More signs of an identity crisis, or a case of “If you can’t beat ‘em, Join ‘em?”  I just can’t help but think that Starbucks is clamoring for more attention.  Is this more of the same, or will this turn into a new format?  Remember Starbucks independent knock-off cafes?  Like 15th Avenue Coffee & Tea?  Will it last?  Will it fizzle?  Will this be a one-or-tw0-location-spinnoff in an effort to gain organic media attention in place of shameless advertising?

Only time will tell.  Is it a good idea?  I personally think that it depends on the neighborhood.  You don’t want people getting drunk in your neighborhood “upscale” coffee house… do you?  (perhaps a topic for a future post)

Are you are tired of Starbucks news as we are?

Frosted Java Closes Doors – Frisco, TX

August 30, 2010 · Filed Under Coffee Industry, Community, DFW, Franchise, Industry Insight, Retailers · Comment 

According to this review on Yelp, Frosted Java is no more.

I think it is due to a combination of things. Namely, Location. For one thing, I’m under the impression that the rent for its location was rather high. (it wasn’t on anyone’s way to work in the morning, either) Also, it is possible that it didn’t fill the role of being a destination enough for the trickle of patrons to bring in enough dough.

I understood that they were hoping to franchise. I wish you ex-Frosted Java owners/managers/employees the best of luck.

Bon Appetit Names Progress Coffee In Top 10 List: Austin

December 21, 2009 · Filed Under Article, Austin, Community, Publicity, Retailers, Texas Retailers · Comment 

9th item down on the list of Bon Appetite’s list of “Top 10 Best Boutique Coffee Shops” is Progress Coffee in Austin, TX. (go Progress!)

Progress Coffee
Austin
Favorite coffee shops don’t just serve terrific joe; they also act as a modern-day meeting place. This Eastside spot with Owl Tree coffee and fresh biscuits is the best hangout in town. 500 San Marcos Street, Studio 105; 512-493-0963; progresscoffee.com

http://www.bonappetit.com/magazine/2010/01/top_10_best_boutique_coffee_shops

(if you love to cook, this magazine has a lot of great info for a shockingly low subscription price)

The author (Andrew Knowlton) begins his list with a disclaimer of sorts:

A coffeehouse used to be just a few couches, ho-hum muffins, and free Wi-Fi. But a new generation of artisinal roasters and enthusiastic baristas is offering not only a quality cup of joe, but also sophisticated menus and innovative design. End result? Now you’ve got a real reason to hang out.

So take from that what you will, but you’ve got to love seeing Progress on the list! Congrats!

(Congrats to Owl Tree for the mention as well)


Coffee Updates: Ft. Worth

November 2, 2009 · Filed Under Coffee Industry, DFW, News, Retailers · 2 Comments 

I received an email a few days ago from a Mr. Latchaw letting us know about a few changes in Ft. Worth.

Just a coffee drinker from fort worth, wanted to add some suggestions. Eurotaza and Panther City are now closed.  The Gallery Art Cafe is pretty outstanding, sells locally roasted Aduro beans. http://galleryartcafe.com/

Panther City being closed may not be news, but Eurotaza’s closing certainly is.  What is happening in Ft. Worth?

Gallery Art Cafe’s website doesn’t indicate much of an emphasis on coffee, but that’s not to say that the same is true in person.  We mentioned Aduro Bean over a year ago, and they are coffee people with passion.  The fact that Gallery Art Cafe is selling Aduro is a good sign.

Gallery Art Cafe
609 S Jennings
Fort Worth, Tx 76104

817.335.4646

Gallery Art Cafe has been added to our list of Retailers.


Anonymous Review of The Pearl Cup: Dallas

October 1, 2009 · Filed Under DFW, Publicity, Retailers · Comment 

I saw this on the net and got permission to stick it up here.

Let me preface this by saying I hate coffee. Pearl Cup rocks.

They must be doing something right to get a simple, yet glorious, review like that.  Way to go!

It probably doesn’t hurt that D Magazine voted their “Pearl Latte” the best latte of 2009.

If you’re in Dallas and in need of a decent cup of coffee, you might consider dropping in.

The Pearl Cup
1900 N. Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

Clementine Coffee Bar re-named to Thunderbird: Austin

September 17, 2009 · Filed Under Austin, Retailers, Texas Coffee People · Comment 

t-bird

An email update informed me that Clementine Coffee Bar’s named has officially changed to Thunderbird Coffee.  If you are at all familiar with Clementine, this probably didn’t come at much of a surprise.  The same folks own both Thunderbird #1 and now-Thunderbird #2 (the retailer formerly known as Clementine).

According to Chris Cusack, the only things that one should expect to change/have changed are, “A sign, some T-shirts, and that’s about it. Me and Ryan still own and operate both businesses, there’s been no change in staff, and we still offer the same delicious coffee, comfortable atmosphere, and great hospitality that you’ve come to expect.”

And if you are on the Thunderbird Coffee mailing list, you probably already know all of this.

Since yesterday was “hump-day”, it’s all downhill from here looking to the weekend.  Have a good one!

From Tucson to Austin: Elixer Coffee

September 4, 2009 · Filed Under Austin, Retailers · Comment 

I saw this on Arizona Coffee about a week ago and thought folks would want to know.

Elixer Coffee has been sold, and is being relocated to Austin.  I spoke with the previous owner who informed me that the new owner has had experience before.  He also told me that he hopes to see what they started continue.

The most interesting aspect to Elixer’s brand image is their Studebaker truck.

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I’m not sure when the move will happen, but I will do my best to keep you updated when it does.

You can also keep an eye on their website to see if they announce it when the move is made.  Since Tucson is to Arizona what Austin is to Texas in many ways, I suspect that the brand will make a good fit for its new community.

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