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Weekend Coffee at The Joule.
Weekend Coffee at The Joule.
Photo: Garrett Hall/EDFW

Coffee Heatmap: Where to Get Caffeinated Right Now

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Weekend Coffee at The Joule.
| Photo: Garrett Hall/EDFW

Much like the city's craft cocktail scene, the Dallas coffee landscape is ever-growing and evolving. While there's certainly no shortage of mega-coffee chains in the area, luckily there's also plenty of independent coffee houses to get your buzz from. Here's a roundup of 12 coffee shops brewing a worthwhile cup right now.


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Ascension Coffee

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This bright and airy Design District spot is taking coffee to new heights with a variety of precise brewing methods. The slow-drip cold brew is not for the faint of heart.

Cultivar Coffee

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This coffee shop shares a location with Good 2 Go Taco, making it the perfect lazy Sunday destination to grab a perfectly brewed cortado or cup of pour-over and some breakfast tacos. (Bonus: They roast their own beans.)

Davis Street Espresso

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This small coffee shop from the folks behind Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters is only for the serious java aficionado: There are no paper to-go cups or wi-fi, and there are certainly no stevia-sweetened skinny mocha frappes or anything like that. Break your eternal gaze with your smartphone and take a few minutes to savor the Van Buren, basically a rich cortado with a side of sparkling mineral water.

Fourteen Eighteen Coffeehouse

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Downtown Plano gets a much-needed coffee house with this gem from husband-and-wife duo Melissa and Gerry Owen. They brew beans from Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters and use the ever-popular La Marzocco espresso machine; even non-coffee drinkers might be won over by milk with slowly melting coffee ice cubes.

Laguna Coffee and Tea

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This warm, modern coffee house on Lovers near the Tollway offers a little bit of California cool with its laid-back setting and a unique array of flavored coffees (made with real ingredients, not sugary syrups) like the cinnamony Mayan Latte, Honey Vanilla Latte or Turkish Caffe Latte with honey and cardamom. Best of all, they've got you covered no matter what your dietary preferences are: almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, stevia, et al.

Mudsmith

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Brooke Humphries' (Barcadia, Acme Social Club, It'll Do) ultra-hip Lower Greenville spot remains one of the hottest coffee destinations in town to hunker down with a cup and your laptop. Even non-caffeine junkies will find something to like here: cheese plates by Scardello, Dude Sweet Chocolate, and kombucha on tap, plus wine and beer.

Oak Lawn Coffee

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Formerly Urban Dog Coffee, this Oak Lawn coffee house offers some of the city's finest iced coffee. Bonus: fast wi-fi and killer strawberry muffins.

Oddfellows

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This cozy Bishop Arts hipster hangout remains an excellent place for a coffee date. The drinks here are consistently great, whether you opt for a French press or an espresso drink drawn from the impressive La Marzocco Strada machine.

The Pearl Cup

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Arguably Dallas' most beloved indie coffee house, The Pearl Cup is a Henderson Avenue hipster haven serving up those legendary Pearl Lattes -- and it's closing up shop at the end of December to make way for Austin export Houndstooth Coffee, so best go pay your respects while you still can.

Sip Stir Cafe

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The West Village finally has a Starbucks alternative with this clean, modern coffee shop that offers fast wi-fi and no shortage of power outlets. A rather high-tech cold-brewing system is a specialty here (won't find that at the 'Bucks), and there's also a pretty killer PSL, if you're into that.

Stupid Good Coffee

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This aptly named downtown coffee shop is a little awkward to get to (it's on the second floor of an office building), but the coffee is totally worth it: Beans are from Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters and brewed using one of several methods including French press and Chemex, and espresso shots are served with sparkling water. Excellent homemade pastries, too.

Weekend Coffee

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Weekend Coffee is part of The Joule's mega-makeover, and it's drawing in more than just hotel guests for fantastic coffee (beans are flown in from Seattle's Victrola Coffee) and some seriously standout pastries courtesy of pastry chef Ruben Torano. The blue cheese and rosemary financier that will have you forgetting all about the usual sugary-sweet blueberry muffins.

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Ascension Coffee

This bright and airy Design District spot is taking coffee to new heights with a variety of precise brewing methods. The slow-drip cold brew is not for the faint of heart.

Cultivar Coffee

This coffee shop shares a location with Good 2 Go Taco, making it the perfect lazy Sunday destination to grab a perfectly brewed cortado or cup of pour-over and some breakfast tacos. (Bonus: They roast their own beans.)

Davis Street Espresso

This small coffee shop from the folks behind Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters is only for the serious java aficionado: There are no paper to-go cups or wi-fi, and there are certainly no stevia-sweetened skinny mocha frappes or anything like that. Break your eternal gaze with your smartphone and take a few minutes to savor the Van Buren, basically a rich cortado with a side of sparkling mineral water.

Fourteen Eighteen Coffeehouse

Downtown Plano gets a much-needed coffee house with this gem from husband-and-wife duo Melissa and Gerry Owen. They brew beans from Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters and use the ever-popular La Marzocco espresso machine; even non-coffee drinkers might be won over by milk with slowly melting coffee ice cubes.

Laguna Coffee and Tea

This warm, modern coffee house on Lovers near the Tollway offers a little bit of California cool with its laid-back setting and a unique array of flavored coffees (made with real ingredients, not sugary syrups) like the cinnamony Mayan Latte, Honey Vanilla Latte or Turkish Caffe Latte with honey and cardamom. Best of all, they've got you covered no matter what your dietary preferences are: almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, stevia, et al.

Mudsmith

Brooke Humphries' (Barcadia, Acme Social Club, It'll Do) ultra-hip Lower Greenville spot remains one of the hottest coffee destinations in town to hunker down with a cup and your laptop. Even non-caffeine junkies will find something to like here: cheese plates by Scardello, Dude Sweet Chocolate, and kombucha on tap, plus wine and beer.

Oak Lawn Coffee

Formerly Urban Dog Coffee, this Oak Lawn coffee house offers some of the city's finest iced coffee. Bonus: fast wi-fi and killer strawberry muffins.

Oddfellows

This cozy Bishop Arts hipster hangout remains an excellent place for a coffee date. The drinks here are consistently great, whether you opt for a French press or an espresso drink drawn from the impressive La Marzocco Strada machine.

The Pearl Cup

Arguably Dallas' most beloved indie coffee house, The Pearl Cup is a Henderson Avenue hipster haven serving up those legendary Pearl Lattes -- and it's closing up shop at the end of December to make way for Austin export Houndstooth Coffee, so best go pay your respects while you still can.

Sip Stir Cafe

The West Village finally has a Starbucks alternative with this clean, modern coffee shop that offers fast wi-fi and no shortage of power outlets. A rather high-tech cold-brewing system is a specialty here (won't find that at the 'Bucks), and there's also a pretty killer PSL, if you're into that.

Stupid Good Coffee

This aptly named downtown coffee shop is a little awkward to get to (it's on the second floor of an office building), but the coffee is totally worth it: Beans are from Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters and brewed using one of several methods including French press and Chemex, and espresso shots are served with sparkling water. Excellent homemade pastries, too.

Weekend Coffee

Weekend Coffee is part of The Joule's mega-makeover, and it's drawing in more than just hotel guests for fantastic coffee (beans are flown in from Seattle's Victrola Coffee) and some seriously standout pastries courtesy of pastry chef Ruben Torano. The blue cheese and rosemary financier that will have you forgetting all about the usual sugary-sweet blueberry muffins.

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