Back in July our erudite food critic Scott Reitz put out the call that there was prime coffee shop real estate waiting on Ross Avenue for someone to move in and make a decent cafe out of it. At least one person was paying attention. The intriguingly named Method: Caffeination & Fare promises to be a coffee nerd's dream house, according to owner Louie Corwin in a great interview with Dallas Coffee Collective.
Corwin has spent time at Pearl Cup and Origin Natural Foods, and now he's striking out on his own with Method. The shop should be opening in East Dallas soon, since their Facebook page promises a mid to late December opening, and will sport some interesting hardware.
They'll be using Espro Presses, which have a double filter system that's many times finer than the mesh of standard French presses. There will also be Chemex and Aeropress brewing and, most interestingly, the first Slayer espresso machine in Dallas, a wood and metal beast of an espresso maker.
Method plans to host industry nights for local coffee makers, which is good news if you're a barista and want to take the Slayer for a test drive. The shop will feature house espressos plus a rotating guest espresso from roasters like Boxcar, Commonwealth, Corvus, Heart, Herkimer, Novo and Ritual. Many of the guest roasters haven't been seen in Dallas before. Most of the shop's beans will come from Novel Coffee Roasters. There will also be a food menu tailored to match the coffees available.
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This is more evidence that Scott's advice is sagely, and following it yields wonderful things. Now you should probably get on infusing your own vodka (though maybe sample less of it than he did).