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Fort Worth likes its caffeine in the form of espresso drinks, as witnessed by the slew of new coffee shops opening all over town — with even more to come. In time for hot lattes on crisp fall days, here's a glimpse at the top new coffee houses and those on the way, from a speedy shop with a double drive-through in north Fort Worth to an upscale coffee cafe in Arlington that gives to a good cause.
Coffee and wine drinkers can both enjoy sips at this Australian-style coffee house and cafe, just opened along the Trinity River trails at WestBend. The Dallas-based coffee shop offers a riverfront patio, serving coffee to-go, along with spacious indoor seating and a full dining menu served all day. European-style pastries from Black Rooster Bakery, including Australian hand pies and cruffins — a hybrid croissant and muffin — are served along with bagels, flatbreads, sandwiches, salads, and bowls. Then there’s the coffee, which is sourced from as far as Rwanda, Brazil, and Papa New Guinea. Find unique beverages like espresso tonic, nine-spice chai latte, or doki doki, a Japanese cold brew produced using a method dating back to the 1600s. Fort Worth is also the first location to offer wine on tap from Sixty Vines and a selection of local beers from Martin House Brewing. Now open at 1751 River Run, Fort Worth.
Trinity Coffee House
New from the owners of 38 & Vine wine bar comes Trinity Coffee House in the Foundry District. Trinity replaces Craftwork Coffee, which is giving up its two-year-old location to focus on a new apartment building initiative (see below.) Like Craftwork, Trinity still serves as a coworking space for entrepreneurs, freelancers, and small businesses, offering 17 individual micro offices, a central conference room, and operating hours of 7 am-6 pm daily. Trinity also continues to use Craftwork Coffee Co. beans and serves a limited menu of light bites and pastries. Expect a new grab-and-go menu and special events to come soon. Trinity soft-opened on November 8 at 2700 Weisenberger St., Fort Worth.
The locally owned, high-energy coffee house, which pipes in heart-pumping hit songs, opened its Roanoke location at 1200 US-377 in July after finding success at locations in Flower Mound, North Richland Hills, and Plano. Now, an Alliance-area outlet in far north Fort Worth is on the way by year’s end. Speed is the focus here, as each 151 Coffee location boasts two drive-through lanes for convenient and quick access to caffeine. Go for coffee staples like Americano and espresso, as well as flavored iced teas like mojito and Georgia peach, and iced Monster Energy drinks infused with custom flavors. There are also shakes, fruit smoothies, and Italian sodas.
Carter’s Coffee owner Carter Froman gave his namesake coffee trailer a convenient covered driveway, and it’s now open near TCU at 2736 Stanley Ave. To keep things moving, the menu is simple. Beverages range from latte and cappuccino to Vietnamese iced coffee and kombucha. There’s also an egg and cheese sandwich that can come with house-made brisket or bacon. For those who wish to sit and stay awhile, outdoor seating is available.
Baylor Bears can get a taste of home right in the middle of Horned Frog country thanks to the recent opening of Common Grounds, a 25-year-old Waco hot spot for coffee beverages. The shop’s first-ever location outside of Waco opened quietly this summer at 3110 Greene Ave., just steps from the TCU campus, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, brick walls, and lots of room to spread out. Like the original, the space is set to double as a live music venue, but tunes are on hold for now thanks to the pandemic. In the meantime, guests can enjoy Common Grounds’ signature beverages, including Cowboy Coffee made with a sweet and caffeinated “secret sauce.” Also find Mexican hot chocolate, Italian sodas, and Matcha latte along with plenty of potent pour-over and drip coffee selections.
Located inside Toro Toro on the ground floor of the Worthington Renaissance Hotel, Corrida Coffee is downtown’s newest coffee shop. The name “Corrida,” which translates to “bullfight” in Spanish, keeps in line with Toro Toro’s Latin theme. Corrida serves as the hotel’s main coffee bar, but non-hotel guests are welcome to visit for a fresh-brewed cup.
Grounds & Gold Co.
Coffee, confections, and hearts of gold — that’s the premise behind this new Arlington coffee shop and café, which donates a portion of every sale to local charities that help children fight cancer. Go for specialty coffee beverages like espresso, macchiatos, and cortados; as well as charcuterie boards, sandwiches, and pastries from Gold Ribbon Confections. The upscale space, located at 4130 South Bowen Rd., also offers cozy meeting room options available for private events.
Craftwork at The Cooper
Residents of the new $65 million, five-story apartment community called The Cooper — located at 1001 W. Rosedale St. — will have easy access to their very own on-site craft coffee shop and hospitality bar. Craftwork at The Cooper will open to residents and the general public seven days a week, serving not only coffees but craft beer, wine, and light grab-and-go food. Craftwork is the Fort Worth-based coffeehouse-workspace that debuted on Camp Bowie Boulevard in 2016 to offer workspaces for rent, along with espresso drinks and pastries. Since then, they've opened other standalone locations in Fort Worth and Austin. Craftwork will also offer The Cooper residents poolside beverage service and access to private work suites, communal worktables, and conference rooms. Expect a November opening.
Fans of New Orleans-based PJ’s Coffee will be happy to know the longtime coffee chain will open its first North Texas location in Northlake off Texas Highway 114 this fall. The coffee company is as popular as Starbucks throughout Louisiana and has roasted its beans in the Crescent City since 1978. Fan favorite flavors include Southern pecan and King Cake.
Originally planned for late summer 2020 opening, Fort Worth’s anticipated new music venue has updated its grand opening for February 27, 2021 with the Band of Heathens scheduled to take the stage. Located in the former Collective Brewing Project space at 112 St. Louis Ave., Tulips will take advantage of the previous occupant’s bar space to serve cocktails, beer from several taps, coffee, and espresso. Look for draught lattes, a creamy, caffeinated concoction served on tap.
Avoca Coffee Roasters
The homegrown Fort Worth coffee chain is opening its third location this winter in the Stockyards' new Mule Alley area. Known for its micro-roasted coffee beans made in-house and its “Charlie Sheen” signature drink, the new location will offer specialty coffees and beverages, as well as cinnamon rolls, bagels, tacos, and more. The roughly 780 square feet of space will expand to about 1,100 square feet with a mezzanine and an outdoor café area. "The space pays homage to Cowtown’s country roots while maintaining the edgy urban vibe that is representative of Avoca," a release says. Coming this winter at at 128 E. Exchange Ave. Ste. 560, Fort Worth.