Coffee. That’s usually all you have to say if you want to hear anyone say “Uh, yes, please.”
But where to get a great cup in a great atmosphere? Well, coffee joints are not just a 90s holdover, they’re still dynamite places to get in touch with your inner caffeine addict and get a mini-vacation without going too far away.
1. Houndstooth Coffee
This Henderson café is Dallas’ version of the popular Austin spot known for boasting “craft coffee.” The term refers to the fact that baristas here are not mere college students wafting through, they are trained artisans who actually do take a lot of pride in crafting a precise, tailored cup of joe. And by “cup of joe,” we mean just about any coffee drink, hot or cold, that you can throw at them.
If you like (or can pretend to like) hipsters, this Oak Cliff haunt is definitely worth dropping into. Oddfellows sees itself as a main supporter of the coffee culture Dallas is trying so hard to forge, and the café offers public tastings to help get the word out. They’re also pretty manic about quality. They only use beans from world-renowned roasters and an espresso machine that is so rare, there are only three others like it in use in the United States. And yes, it makes a big difference in the flavor.
3. Murray Street Coffee Shop
If you’re not into hipster and coffee culture and you just want a simple, inviting atmosphere with a simple-yet-delicious cup of coffee, Murray Street Coffee Shop in downtown Dallas may just be the perfect spot for you. The atmosphere is half the experience at this two-floor haunt. Beautiful coffee house décor mixes well with a clientele that somehow understands the concept of leaving people in peace.
4. Global Peace Factory
Speaking of peace, this Frisco café is one of the more socially friendly joints in the region. With 2 percent of every cup going to charity, Global Peace Factory is trying to deliver on what its name implies. And if the “the more you order the more you help” stuff doesn’t work on you, the addictively delicious blends of some of the best baristas in Texas will surely have you combing your wallet for enough to buy another round.