Fort Worth Coffee House Guide
Nestled alongside the outer edges of the largest historic neighborhood in America’s southwest, BREWED is an aesthetically glamorous, coffee shop infused gastropub complete with ample space and the sort of warm atmosphere that leaves one feeling as though they’re in their own anthropologie-inspired living room. Lined with trendy – some might even dare to say hipster – cafes and bars, Magnolia Ave has developed into a premiere Fort Worth boulevard known for its good-time millennial vibes, flourishing art scene, and rich history. With this being said, pulling up a chair on BREWED’s fire pit dappled, streetside patio gives any visitor both a perfect view of all the action and a chance to enjoy intimate conversation away from what can turn into a crowded setting inside.
The coveted java beans they’re pouring are from none other than Dallas favorite, Tweed Coffee; but if you’re in the market for something with more of a kick, they’ve always got 14 Texas-brewed craft beers on tap and a unique selection of local red and white wines. All in all, an excellent spot for brunch, to groove to the sounds of a Lonestar musician, or even host a private event.
Ampersand breathes new, dangerously entertaining life into the timeless phrase, business in the front, party in the back. A peek through their window from the street shows a wonderfully decorated, cozy coffee shop with art pieces adorning cream-colored walls and verdure adding vibrant touches of green throughout the room. But a trip around back, hidden just beyond the guise of a funky patterned front counter, will reveal the truth behind one of cowtown’s most buzz-worthy nightlife destinations.
By day, the place is the best version of what it seems, they carefully roast Arabica beans shipped from all over the world in-house, using a technique known as Air-Roasting. Dedicated to bringing out the best flavor imaginable, you’ll be hard-pressed to discover a more satisfying cup of coffee. Then they get creative with the menu by offering irresistibly delicious spins on cafe favorites, for instance, there’s a snickerdoodle latte, Oreo Frappe, and refreshing range of fruit smoothy possibilities – we can’t forget about the diverse tea selection either.
By evening, the transformation commences as folks from all over line up around back to enter Ampersand Bar, which is a wholly enthralling upscale lounge experience in itself. The venue has hosted upward trending artists such as Majid Jordan (signed by Drake), GTA, and even Chantel Jeffries. Experts in the caffeine game, don’t hesitate to try the coffee drinks that have been pushed to the limits with tantalizing spirits.
Their greenhouse reminiscent glass storefront is nearly impossible to miss, and shining through all that windowpane are warm rays of sunlight that brighten this gorgeous cafe from floor to ceiling. It’s all about the smallest details at Roots, they use responsibly sourced, farm-to-cup java beans that touch just eight brilliantly purposeful hands before reaching their final destination in your mug. Vegan options are available within their breakfast menu and among an assortment of baked goods (even a brownie!).
Recently introduced, plant-based drinks are now available as well! Our favorite is the Sea Salt Mocha, which is a combination of dark chocolate, house-made vanilla syrup, espresso, and steamed almond milk topped with flaked Maldon sea salt.
Teresa used to work in the corporate offices of one of America’s most beloved home decor stores, Pier 1 Imports, where she’d affectionately treat her co-workers to an array of phenomenal baked delicacies; meanwhile, her son, Corey, was perfecting the art of craft coffee. Then came the day they decided to combine their passions and partner in opening what would become one of Fort Worth’s most sought-after coffee shop experiences, CRUDE.
The ambiance wreaks of sophistication, a true chandelier-lit haven for intellectuals, leather-bound barstools and comfortable suede-like chairs can be found throughout the roomy interior. Cultivar coffee is brewed for its high quality and exceptional taste, and for those more adventurous, CRUDE offers handcrafted caffeine-fueled, alcohol-induced libations.
Every day, there are six to eight small-batch desserts made from scratch. You might find crème brulee, bread pudding, tiramisu, strawberry cake, apple tarts, among other delectable sweets.
Located in the heart of downtown, across from the old county courthouse, and residing within the historical Joe Daiches building, which was constructed in 1872, is Vaquero Coffee. The vintage-feeling cafe was recently opened in 2018 by Christopher Rushing and Jonathan Heath, both of whom have gone to painstaking lengths to manifest a space that recognizes the city’s storied past, but that also masterfully fuels those creatives whose imaginations will steer it into an even more prosperous future. If you’re looking to explore delicious new beverages, their bestselling signature Horchata Latte is a must, along with the mesquite-smoked espresso shot, AKA the Sid Richardson.
When the sons of liberty paraded aboard British ships anchored in Boston harbor to pour tea into the murky depths below just before the American Revolution, they did so with an unwillingness to compromise or stick to the status quo. Although their momentous spirit of rebellion is most often attributed to the birth of the greatest country on Earth, it also led to the replacement of tea with coffee as the true patriot’s drink of choice. In the wake of that cultural influence, Sons Coffee pays homage to those who thrive on the precipice of human ingenuity.
This urban-industrial coffee shop dons a minimalist interior that naturally places an emphasis on the things that matter most, loved ones and the humble art of craft coffee. Creative visionaries can find exceptional accommodations when we take into consideration their spacious design, large community tables, super-fast wifi, abundance of outlets, and quieter areas to work. Their Oat-Chata is a divine mix of cinnamon sprinkled horchata and oat milk on draft.
Gaelic for “the great mouth,” Avoca takes on a whole new meaning in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. From their otherworldly concoctions such as the coca-cola-infused Charlie Sheen cold brew to dependable classics, this roastery has been pushing the figurative java envelope of excellence since its founding in 2011. The flagship cafe is ran out of what used to be an automobile service garage, and rooted in keeping the local community moving forward, it’s only appropriate that the festive building continues to function as an integral part of historic near southside culture.
Victoria was working behind the counter of a cowtown coffee shop when she first met Shayda, they instantly clicked and before long, the two were hashing out whimsical goals with each other; one of which, was Lazy Daisy Coffee Bar. A dream brought to fruition, the cafe features a subtle nook, velvet chesterfields, and floral designs throughout, bringing groovy 70s art deco to cozy levels never before comforted by. The vast majority of their menu varies by season, ensuring only the highest quality ingredients enter your mug, with this being said, there are a select few beloved mainstays available year-round – like the Honey Bee, a latte made with house-made honey syrup and warming spices.
Following a day’s hard studying, don’t hesitate to meander on next door to Wild Acre taproom for a refreshing craft beer.
You might not ever expect it, but some of the best coffee in Fort Worth is served out of a rebuilt, custom outfitted 1974 Coachman Travel Trailer. Gina and Brian Milligan launched this Meadowbrook gem after conducting a tireless search for an exceptional coffee shop storefront, having looked far and wide they thought, why not figure out a way to stay close to home and serve their local community with flare. Thus Coffee Folk found its home in a well-manicured grass pasture adjacent to Firehouse Pottery & Gallery – another worthwhile stop.
Neighborly compassion at the heart of their business on wheels, this husband and wife duo delivers unmatched hospitality with each cup of joe. One writer from WERO Kitchen gracefully recounts, “when I tasted the cortado at Coffee Folk, sitting outside at the small cafe table, listening to the goings-on of Meadowbrook, savoring the smooth, enchanting espresso, it took me back to my days in Europe, to the little shops and bars on the street, people standing and drinking coffee, no one on laptops working with their earbuds in, just visiting with one another and getting their daily coffee.”
Jennifer first met her husband Sam in the halls of TCU, where she was studying at the Neely School of Business and he was seriously pursuing a professional career in baseball. One Major League career later, they were ready to move back to Texas and begin the next chapter of their lives together. Real estate was the co-venture that first put this couple on the map, then came a trendy wine bar named Thirty Eight & Vine, and finally, Trinity Coffee House got added to their impressive portfolio the day after the property’s previous owners closed up shop due to poor economic conditions.
The cafe isn’t just an investment to them, its rescue from demise showcases their steadfast belief Fort Worth will overcome these momentary days of financial hardship. One outstanding brew at a time, Trinity Coffee House plays a critical role in fueling those who will ultimately be responsible for the revival of its surrounding community – remember, they are part of an entrepreneurial co-op. Therefore, useful electrical outlets are plentifully paired with chic timber furnishings that accentuate baby pink and creamy white wall tones, which aside from producing amazing functionality, also procures a fashionable, insta-friendly environment.
If you attend TCU, then you’re probably already well aware of how delicious Dwell Coffee & Biscuits is. Originally started inside of a tiny old house in Burleson, they have since opened an alluring coffee shop on old town’s doorstep and another near the university; that’s not to mention, their widely-appreciated presence at TCU’s Football Stadium and mobile on-campus cart.
The husband & wife duo that founded this gem fell in love with the art of craft coffee early on, considering it an opportunity to meet fantastic characters, foster meaningful relationships, and share a smile or two along the way. While traveling the continent in search of java inspiration, they stumbled upon some sort of wonderful biscuit joint. This discovery further clarified their vision, leading to what is now a one-of-a-kind amalgamation of exceptional joe and scrumptious, biscuit-centric baked goods ranging from cinnamon rolls to pumpkin spice and lemon thyme enriched buns.
Oh, and popping in on any given morning is a sure sign you might just be having the BEST. DAY. EVER.
Welcome to the Good Hood, which is also known as Arcadia Coffee – an artistic, venturing towards hippy-esque cafe and roastery in Near Southside. This bastion of creativity pulled from a summer of love docu-series features vibrant art pieces underscored by the building’s exposed, and what purposefully look to be rapidly deteriorating, walls (it’s a vibe, man).
Cool beans aside, look no further for one of cowtown’s favorite vegan breakfast stops; they’ve got flavorful options such as the fluffy charcoal-infused midnight waffle (yes, it’s jet black) and chorizo tofu filled sunrise burrito. When it comes to groovy joe, don’t hesitate to try the signature cosmic latte, an otherworldly creation made with cinnamon-vanilla syrup, espresso, and oat milk.
A standout over on the eastside, Black Coffee sources and roasts only the finest java beans from all over the world, taking into account climate, altitude, cultivation methods, plant variety, picking techniques, and other factors. The woman behind it all is Fort Worth native, Mia Moss. Now an owner, her career working behind the counter first began right after high school when she accepted an entry-level barista position at Seattle’s Best, and as she grew infatuated with the positive impact coffee shops can have on their neighborhood, she dreamed of opening her own cafe in the community she was raised in.
That vision came to life in 2019 with her opening of Black Coffee; complete with locally inspired roasts like The Eastsider Blend and The Poly Blend, a dark roast in honor of nearby Polytechnic High School. If you’re in the mood for something delightfully new, we recommend giving the Turmeric and Honey Latte a try, it’s Espresso coffee with local, raw honey, turmeric powder, and steamed milk.
It was a spark of Texas pioneer spirit that led to the wood-fired coffee that is Summer Moon. Bursting onto the scene from their hometown of Austin, this brand, known most for its unique approach to small, hand-roasted batches of the finest beans over seasoned oak, has spread like wildfire throughout the Lonestar state. Rather than basic cream, ask for Moon Milk – a sweet, creamy milk made with seven secret ingredients – with your latte.
Perfectly situated along the bustling 7th street entertainment district, Toasted Coffee + Kitchen is a posh early-hours joint specializing in world-class toast, abundant seating, and of course, fabulous coffee. Bread gets baked fresh daily, warmed to perfection with the intention of supporting mouthwatering in-house toast dishes donning eye-catching names; take, for example, All I Avo Wanted or Shrooms with a View. From Vietnamese iced coffee to seasonal Chemex pour-overs to power fruit smoothies and more, there is a diverse range of energy-boosting beverages offered.
We can’t forget to mention, keeping with the lively surrounding block, they’ve got six rotating beers on tap, wine options, and a fully stocked bar with libations like the Cowboy Coffee – Yeehaw!