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Good Morning! Good Coffee!

April 30 2013

Caffeine rules all in the AM. I don’t think many would disagree with that notion. But not just any source of caffeine will do. Most people begin their day with a good ol’ cup of joe.

That being said, who wants to get the same cup every single day? And let’s be honest, Starbucks’ busy and loud environment isn’t exactly the ambiance ideal for reading the paper or checking email.

So here’s some exceptional coffee houses around the DFW that boast great coffee and outstanding atmosphere.

PearlCup_Coffee1Pearl Cup (Dallas/Richardson) — Voted the “Best Latte in Dallas.” This award speaks for itself. Great coffee all around here using Texas local roasts. And if you love pastries and other desserts then you’ll be in heaven. The brand new, third location just opened up in Richardson and they have something perfect for animal loving coffee drinkers: a dog-friendly patio. All around, this unique coffee house has something for everyone.

Lighthouse Coffee Bar1Lighthouse Coffee (Midlothian) — Probably my personal favorite. The two-story coffee shop’s design is pretty flawless. It features simple open mics from time to time, beautiful patio seating, and even a room with closing glass doors if you need some alone time for a meeting. There is also plenty of local art to check out or purchase. They serve a mean sandwich. And of course, they have fantastic coffee, for lover’s of both the simple cup and fancy, sugary drinks.

Buon1Buon Giorno (Fort Worth/Grapevine) –“Echoing the European coffeehouse tradition,” Buon Girono fosters a quiet, creative atmosphere perfect for friends looking to grab a cup and talk about life. Most of its Fort Worth patrons conclude that it is the best coffee in the city. Beware though, if you decide to head on in, bring a book and get ready to stay because you probably won’t want to leave.

front-page_03America’s Best Coffee (Mansfield/Arlington) — The original location is basically an awesome doughnut shop with killer coffee. Its second location opened up in the popular shopping destination the Arlington Highlands. And very importantly… they don’t cheap out on the internet. It can be frustrating when you bring your laptop to a coffeeshop but the wifi connection is so weak that you can’t even load a YouTube video. This isn’t the case here.

Screen Shot 2013-06-20 at 3.35.32 PMCrooked Tree Coffee House (Dallas) — Converted from an actual house into a hip coffee shop, Crooked Tree mostly appeals to a younger crowd. But don’t let the indie music repel you (if it doesn’t seem appealing to you), this shop brews a mean cup. The home-like atmosphere ensures a relaxing visit as well. It’s definitely worth the visit if you are seeking a unique environment and bold, rich coffee.

In the end, if you want an overpriced, decent-at-best experience when ordering your morning energy, then you know to turn to the megastars of the coffee industry. But if you are looking for something different then feel free to try any of these or find one of your own. There are plenty more great independent coffeehouses around the DFW. And many of them provide excellent coffee and excellent atmosphere.


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