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Downtown Dallas Scores a Cute New Costa Rican Coffee Shop

The Berni Bean Coffee Company is a coffee shop 150 years in the making

Inside Berni Bean Coffee
Rachel Pinn

Downtown Dallas has a brand new coffee destination that’s 150 years in the making in the Berni Bean Coffee Company.

Located at the base of the Hartford Building at 400 North Saint Paul Street, Suite 120, the coffee shop is the brainchild of brother-and-sister team Giuliana and Stefano Bernini, who say that they founded the shop to share their family’s 150-year-old coffee tradition with the world, while giving back to the country of Costa Rica, where their beans are cultivated.

The shop features three unique roasts, one for espresso and two for coffee. The latter are named pepiada, which means “infatuated,” and Don Flor, after the family’s patriarch, Florentino Castro Soto, a pioneer of the coffee business in Costa Rica.

Cafe con leche at Berni Bean Coffee Co., featuring mural art by Robert Opel
Rachel Pinn

Originally, the plan was for Berni Bean Coffee Company to stick to an online-and-wholesale only business, but once the duo decided to land in Dallas, the Berninis decided that a coffee shop would allow them to educate coffee drinkers about Costa Rican beans. “We wanted to open up a space where we can teach people about who we are and what makes us special,” Giuliana Bernini told Eater. “My family has owned coffee farms for over 150 years. We are on a mission to make some good through coffee.”

To that end, Berni Bean Company plans to make good on that promise by donating 1 percent of the proceeds from the brand’s 100 percent Arabica coffee ($20 to $21 for 13 oz. bag), to organizations working to preserve Costa Rican rainforest.

The Berninis are also committed to supporting local bakers here in town, serving a menu of pastries from Uptown’s Bisous Bisous Patisserie.

Now open in Downtown, Berni Bean Coffee Company will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, and 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on weekends.