Just a reminder:
Barista Nation Texas happens this upcoming Monday, all day long.
Oak Cliff Coffee
817 W Davis St.
Dallas, TX 75208
Registration is from 9:30am to 10:30am.
The schedule of events runs until 6:30pm with a reception to boot.
I hope to see you there!
(via – City of Ate | Dallas Observer)
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.
Since this web site began, I’ve been trying to compile a complete list of noteworthy roasters and retailers.
The specialty coffee movement in Texas is growing faster than ever, and I’ve been busier than ever at the same time.
Net result, the list is out of date, with no hope of one man single-handedly bringing it up to current status of where we find the specialty coffee industry in our state today.
I’m Asking For Your Help.
The two links below go to the lists of retailers and roasters (respectively). If you visit, love, own, manage, or work in a specialty coffee retailer or specialty coffee roastery, we want to hear from you. I am based in Lubbock, moved from Dallas in ’01, and can in no way vouch for everyone, despite my best efforts, in regards to the best spots to visit in all parts of the state. So, PLEASE, check the lists below. The easiest way to respond, is to simply leave a comment. If you are the owner, manager, or roaster, and you’d like to be featured, we can do that too.
Asking for even MORE help
(Love coffe? Love to write? Live/work in Texas?)
This web site has, for the most part, been written by myself (Jason Haeger). I have tried to get others on board in the past, but no dice. People who are willing are generally too busy, and people who have the time are generally unwilling.
This site was built to be a grounds for everyone who matters in the specialty coffee industry in the state of Texas. I have been accused of this whole project being selfishly motivated in the past. (which is true, if you consider wanting to be able to find a good cup of coffee anywhere in the state to be selfish) This site has also been listed on blog lists as the blog of a roaster! (this was long before I ever started roasting on top of the fact that it is by no means that)
A few years ago, I was solicited by a roaster in Phoenix, AZ. He said he was recently chosen as the “Official Roaster” of a web site called Arizona Coffee. He asked me if I would be willing to write something for their site. I was more than happy to. I loved to write (still do), had a budding passion for all things coffee, and jumped at the opportunity. I wrote a few articles, most of which were well received.
The site was a HUGE part of the organization of the first barista jam in Arizona. I went to the jam in Tucson in 2006, and saw how many people were eager to learn about all things coffee, and how many people were interested in building a community around it. A lightbulb went off in my head, and I saw the good that could come of a web site like Arizona Coffee.
I thought it would be fantastic to have a Texas Coffee equivalent.. just for our state. TexasCoffee.com was already claimed by Duncan Coffee, so the domain name became tx-coffee.com, and the title would be Texas Coffee People, inspired after my experience in Tucson: a community is always centered around the people involved. I wanted to get other contributors involved, like I had been involved at Arizona Coffee.
I know how things are moving here in West Texas, and I have seen Austin go from one admirable shop to so many that I have a hard time keeping track with the coming of Cuvee Coffee, whose home base used to be Houston. Houston has been on a steady rise in quality with Catalina Coffee, Tuscany Coffee, and the roasting outfit Fusion Beanz. San Antonio has Brown Coffee Co. Dallas has a newly growing scene as well, with Pearl Cup, Cultivar, Oddfellows, and a few that I know I am missing.
Long story short, I can’t do it all on my own. I never wanted to do it all on my own. This web site isn’t just for me. This web site is for all of us. If you are willing to write for the Texas coffee community, please consider becoming a contributor.
Thanks for helping turn Texas Coffee People into what it was always meant to be!
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!)
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
(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)
I saw this on Facebook, and decided it was worth sharing.
“The Pearl Cup is participating in a winter coat drive to gather clean, gently worn coats for ages kids through adults. Our neighborhood DISD schools have voiced a need and we would like to help. So, bring by one that you can live without, inform the staff at TPC and get $1.00 off of any drink we prepare. Thank you in advance for sharing this season.”
Donate a coat and get $1.00 off any drink in the house.
Sugar Brown’s Coffee is feeling generous. Espresso happy hour – take a break from your back-to-school shopping with a free espresso macchiatto Tuesday from 1-3 pm!
You heard it here. What a great way to promote new customers to try them out. Also a great way for existing customers to try a real macchiato, risk free.
Some readers may already know about Fioza, but since I just found out about them via Flickr (and their ties to Catalina), I figured I’d give them a mention.
I have not been, but I get the impression that they care about the quality of their coffee.
Fioza wants the best that coffee has to offer. We are constantly learning, constantly improving, constantly creating, and constantly adjusting anything that can be improved. From fresh locally roasted coffee to well crafted espresso drinks using the best equipment we know, we strive to create a great coffee experience.
Pair that with the fact that they hosted/sponsored a latte art throwdown with Catalina Coffee, and the implied result sounds promising.
Here are a couple of pictures from their website as well:
Have you been to Fioza? How was it?
Fioza Cafe has been added to our list of Retailers.Fioza Cafe
9002 Chimney Rock Rd, Suite F
Houston, TX 77096
We have included a feature of YouTube videos from coffee people in Texas in the left hand sidebar. In addition to our own channel (youtube.com/texascoffeepeople), you will see Caffe Medici’s channel videos as well. If your shop or roasterie has a YouTube channel, and you would like to be featured in the TX-Coffee.com YouTube sidebar, just let us know!
Also, if you are a consumer and you post videos of coffee industry news or establishments, you are welcome to be added as well.
The hope is that this new feature can help connect Texas Coffee People who use YouTube together in an effort to further develop the specialty coffee community in Texas. (as usual)
We would also love to post a promotional video for your event, shop, roasterie, or other related subject matter to our channel, if you would like. Just let us know via our Contact page. We’d be glad to hear from you.
I received an email recently asking that The Coffee Haus Downtown be added to our list of Roasters and Retailers.
This shop was apparently one of the first businesses in the downtown Arlington’s urban renewal, and I suspect carries the same Coffee Haus name as has been present in the DFW area for years, though that has not been verified.The Coffee Haus Downtown 208 S. Mesquite St. Arlington, TX 76010 817-795-5790 firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE Food! Live Music! iPod Give Away! Open House Saturday May 16 @ Coffee N Cream
Please join us this Saturday, May 16th, 2-4p. We are formally introducing our CNC Own Baked(tm) line of fresh baked, “home made” bakery sensations. Come sample some of your favorites ”N” celebrate with us. We have a fun afternoon planned!