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14 Essential Dallas-Fort Worth Coffee Shops

Where to get caffeinated.

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Weekend Coffee.
| Garrett Hall

Coffee is essential. So it goes without saying that whether you live downtown or in the suburbs, finding a great place to regularly procure said coffee is almost equally as essential. As sprawls the Metroplex, so sprawls this list of 14 essential DFW coffee shops.

Zac Cadwalader is the creator of the Dallas Coffee Collective and the Texas desk writer for Sprudge. He occasionally writes for Eater Dallas on the all-important subject of getting caffeinated.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Avoca Coffee

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Avoca is a must-stop for anyone travelling west on I-30. The Ft. Worth shop was one of the first specialty shops to open in the Metroplex, and certainly one of the first to roast its own coffee. Owner/head roaster Garold LaRue is a mad scientist when it comes to getting the most out of his coffees, and any list of DFW cafés or roasters would be incomplete without the inclusion of this Cowtown shop.

Ascension

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This Design District café has undergone a bit of change to their coffee program over the last few months, focusing more on their own roasts and less on those from guests. They still keep a few national roasters on hand at any given time, but the shift allows owner/head roaster Russell Hayward more control over the flavor profiles of the coffees served in his shop.

Crooked Tree Coffeehouse

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I’ll admit it. I almost forgot to include this Uptown favorite on the list. Tucked in a row of houses on Routh Street, Crooked Tree is an unassuming neighborhood shop that can easily get overlooked if you’re not careful. But they're quietly bringing out all the beautiful flavors in Oak Cliff Coffee’s roasts.

Cultivar Coffee

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There isn’t much to say about Cultivar that hasn’t already been touted ad nauseam by just about every Dallas publication. The East Dallas (and now Denton) shop consistently roasts a solid assortment of coffees and makes top-notch drinks. They have one of the lowest staff turnover rates out of any Dallas shop, which speaks volumes about both their baristas’ consistently high level of execution as well as owners Jonathan Meadows and Nathan Shelton’s respect for their product.

Davis Street Espresso

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The home shop for Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters, Davis Street Espresso is a staple in the Dallas coffee community. It’s inviting, dimly lit atmosphere, it’s plethora of coffee gadgetry, and its host of top-notch baristas make Davis Street a mecca for any weary coffee sojourner. And if you’re looking to try something new and their horde of excellent coffees don’t scratch that itch, order their cascara, a beautifully aromatic tea made from the dried fruit of coffee cherries whose taste is reminiscent of pipe tobacco.

Houndstooth Coffee

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Houndstooth is Dallas’s newest and most divisive shop; they’ve received heaps of praise and almost as much hate for being so praised. But the fact remains that this Austin transplant, anchored by their roasting arm Tweed Coffee Roasters, is one of the best places to get coffee in all of Dallas. And their baristas are pretty nice, too.

Method Coffee

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Method is another recent addition to the tapestry of coffee-forward establishments overtaking Dallas. Located just east of downtown, Method has a very neighborhood shop vibe; it’s small but cool and relaxed. And they make a pretty mean espresso thanks to their Slayer espresso machine, one of the most elegant pieces of coffee equipment in all of Dallas, both inside and out.

Mudsmith

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Part hipster hunting lodge part drink emporium, this Lower Greenville haunt is one of the best places to hang out and people watch. On top of serving Austin’s Cuvee Coffee Roasters and Fort Worth’s Avoca Coffee, Mudsmith has a good selection of beers and made-to-order juices in case you go with a non-coffee drinking friend. (Don’t have any non-coffee drinking friends.)

Oak Lawn Coffee

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Oak Lawn is one of the old souls in Dallas’s new specialty coffee movement. They stock local favorites from Oak Cliff Coffee and Tweed Coffee Roasters as well as bringing in Portland’s Heart Coffee Roasters, which in my humble opinion is the probably the best roaster in the country right now. Oak Lawn keeps their offerings fresh (and their staff on their A-game) by rotating in different espressos daily from these three roasters.

Roots Coffeehouse

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This Highland Village shop proves that really good coffee isn’t just for urbanite freegan hipsters (though their staff is pretty young and hip), but that even the ‘burbiest soccer mom can get down on a well-crafted cappuccino. Along with serving Dallas’s Novel Coffee Roasters as their house coffee, Roots also has one of the strongest guest programs around, rotating in a bevy of the nation’s finest roasters, some of which wouldn’t otherwise be available in DFW.

Shift Coffee

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Owner Angelo Fesperman is one of the best and most tenured baristas in the Metroplex, and Shift is a testament to that. Reopening a few months back after a complete rebuild, Shift exemplifies the new ethos in the surging Denton coffee scene — keep the laid-back vibe for which Denton is known but serve some kickass coffee.

Weekend Coffee

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Weekend doesn’t feel like any other Dallas shop. Its super clean, natural light-heavy design is more akin to hyper-progressive coffee shops in other parts of the country than it is to shops in its own zipcode. And by serving Victrola Coffee, one of Seattle’s 3 V’s (along Caffé Vita and Espresso Vivace), Weekend provides a small respite from the Metroplex without leaving downtown.

West Oak Coffee Bar

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West Oak is the newest addition to the Denton Square, and they are already making quite a name for themselves. On top of serving Chicago’s Intelligentsia Coffee, arguably the biggest name in specialty coffee, West Oak offers a variety of reasons to stop in for a visit: an excellent beer list, solid food, and nitro chocolate milk.

Zenzero Bakery and Cafe

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I don’t like writing about this hidden gem in Coppell because every time I do, lunchtime gets more and more crowded, but for good reason. They constantly have a solid barista staff preparing an interesting selection of coffees (currently using Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters for espresso drinks, Denver’s Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters for pour over, and another rotating national roaster) and their food menu is delicious top to bottom.

Avoca Coffee

Avoca is a must-stop for anyone travelling west on I-30. The Ft. Worth shop was one of the first specialty shops to open in the Metroplex, and certainly one of the first to roast its own coffee. Owner/head roaster Garold LaRue is a mad scientist when it comes to getting the most out of his coffees, and any list of DFW cafés or roasters would be incomplete without the inclusion of this Cowtown shop.

Ascension

This Design District café has undergone a bit of change to their coffee program over the last few months, focusing more on their own roasts and less on those from guests. They still keep a few national roasters on hand at any given time, but the shift allows owner/head roaster Russell Hayward more control over the flavor profiles of the coffees served in his shop.

Crooked Tree Coffeehouse

I’ll admit it. I almost forgot to include this Uptown favorite on the list. Tucked in a row of houses on Routh Street, Crooked Tree is an unassuming neighborhood shop that can easily get overlooked if you’re not careful. But they're quietly bringing out all the beautiful flavors in Oak Cliff Coffee’s roasts.

Cultivar Coffee

There isn’t much to say about Cultivar that hasn’t already been touted ad nauseam by just about every Dallas publication. The East Dallas (and now Denton) shop consistently roasts a solid assortment of coffees and makes top-notch drinks. They have one of the lowest staff turnover rates out of any Dallas shop, which speaks volumes about both their baristas’ consistently high level of execution as well as owners Jonathan Meadows and Nathan Shelton’s respect for their product.

Davis Street Espresso

The home shop for Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters, Davis Street Espresso is a staple in the Dallas coffee community. It’s inviting, dimly lit atmosphere, it’s plethora of coffee gadgetry, and its host of top-notch baristas make Davis Street a mecca for any weary coffee sojourner. And if you’re looking to try something new and their horde of excellent coffees don’t scratch that itch, order their cascara, a beautifully aromatic tea made from the dried fruit of coffee cherries whose taste is reminiscent of pipe tobacco.

Houndstooth Coffee

Houndstooth is Dallas’s newest and most divisive shop; they’ve received heaps of praise and almost as much hate for being so praised. But the fact remains that this Austin transplant, anchored by their roasting arm Tweed Coffee Roasters, is one of the best places to get coffee in all of Dallas. And their baristas are pretty nice, too.

Method Coffee

Method is another recent addition to the tapestry of coffee-forward establishments overtaking Dallas. Located just east of downtown, Method has a very neighborhood shop vibe; it’s small but cool and relaxed. And they make a pretty mean espresso thanks to their Slayer espresso machine, one of the most elegant pieces of coffee equipment in all of Dallas, both inside and out.

Mudsmith

Part hipster hunting lodge part drink emporium, this Lower Greenville haunt is one of the best places to hang out and people watch. On top of serving Austin’s Cuvee Coffee Roasters and Fort Worth’s Avoca Coffee, Mudsmith has a good selection of beers and made-to-order juices in case you go with a non-coffee drinking friend. (Don’t have any non-coffee drinking friends.)

Oak Lawn Coffee

Oak Lawn is one of the old souls in Dallas’s new specialty coffee movement. They stock local favorites from Oak Cliff Coffee and Tweed Coffee Roasters as well as bringing in Portland’s Heart Coffee Roasters, which in my humble opinion is the probably the best roaster in the country right now. Oak Lawn keeps their offerings fresh (and their staff on their A-game) by rotating in different espressos daily from these three roasters.

Roots Coffeehouse

This Highland Village shop proves that really good coffee isn’t just for urbanite freegan hipsters (though their staff is pretty young and hip), but that even the ‘burbiest soccer mom can get down on a well-crafted cappuccino. Along with serving Dallas’s Novel Coffee Roasters as their house coffee, Roots also has one of the strongest guest programs around, rotating in a bevy of the nation’s finest roasters, some of which wouldn’t otherwise be available in DFW.

Shift Coffee

Owner Angelo Fesperman is one of the best and most tenured baristas in the Metroplex, and Shift is a testament to that. Reopening a few months back after a complete rebuild, Shift exemplifies the new ethos in the surging Denton coffee scene — keep the laid-back vibe for which Denton is known but serve some kickass coffee.

Weekend Coffee

Weekend doesn’t feel like any other Dallas shop. Its super clean, natural light-heavy design is more akin to hyper-progressive coffee shops in other parts of the country than it is to shops in its own zipcode. And by serving Victrola Coffee, one of Seattle’s 3 V’s (along Caffé Vita and Espresso Vivace), Weekend provides a small respite from the Metroplex without leaving downtown.

West Oak Coffee Bar

West Oak is the newest addition to the Denton Square, and they are already making quite a name for themselves. On top of serving Chicago’s Intelligentsia Coffee, arguably the biggest name in specialty coffee, West Oak offers a variety of reasons to stop in for a visit: an excellent beer list, solid food, and nitro chocolate milk.

Zenzero Bakery and Cafe

I don’t like writing about this hidden gem in Coppell because every time I do, lunchtime gets more and more crowded, but for good reason. They constantly have a solid barista staff preparing an interesting selection of coffees (currently using Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters for espresso drinks, Denver’s Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters for pour over, and another rotating national roaster) and their food menu is delicious top to bottom.

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