In Dallas proper, there’s no shortage of specialty coffee. Between imports from other cities, new indie cafes and established local brands expanding with second and third locations, the city’s craft coffee scene is in the midst of a serious boom. As Dallas coffee culture grows, it gets easier to get a great cup of coffee from locally owned cafes outside city limits. In no particular order, these are the best coffee shops in the suburbs:
Zenzero Bakery & Kitchen
171 N. Denton Tap Road, Coppell
Zenzero Bakery first opened their small space in Coppell five years ago and recently expanded their dining area and bakery with a 900-square-foot addition. The brand definitely focuses on baking — try their outstanding éclair ($3.25) or their most popular item, the chocolate chip brownie ($4.25) — but they’ve also got a full kitchen putting out fantastic food from migas ($10) to Angus burgers ($13). The coffee here is as good as you’ll find anywhere in Dallas. The house drip is Denver’s renowned Sweet Bloom; espresso and pour-overs come by way of Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters and, having just wrapped up a feature of Grand Rapid’s Madcap Coffee, Zenzero is currently between guest roasters, but expect a new featured national brand soon.
Trio Craft Coffee
2650 Flower Mound Road, Flower Mound
Trio introduced Flower Mound to specialty coffee in 2014 and has since become a community staple. The cafe's house roaster is Dallas brand Novel Coffee Roasters, and the cafe also features rotating national roasters in long-term residencies. For 2017, their resident roaster is Heart Coffee Roasters from Portland, Oregon. The shop recently relocated from its initial location to take up residence in a former Starbucks, continuing the building’s 15-year coffee history.
9101 TX 26, North Richland Hills
Roots Coffeehouse has been keeping North Richland Hills cups full since 2009. The shop’s main roasting partner is Novel Coffee Roasters, but they also feature a rotating guest roaster. Also in rotation: the shop’s specialty drink menu, which currently features a lavender-honey latte ($4) and a matcha soda ($4.50). The cafe recently added French and Italian wines and beer from local heavyweights like Peticolas and Collective Brewing Project.
Nerdvana Coffee + Shop
5757 Main St., Frisco
Located in Frisco’s downtown square on the bottom floor of Gearbox Software’s offices, Nerdvana is a haven for casual snackers, coffee aficionados and board game fanatics. The shop serves up Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters, guest roasters such as Denver’s Huckleberry Roasters and can even print photos on your lattes. The spot retails a vast array of board games and a “lending library” of games for customers to play. Additionally, the cafe’s sister company, Nerdvana Food + Spirits, is next door offering up a full menu, craft beers on tap and several video gaming stations.
Edison Coffee Co.
2570 FM 407, Highland Village
Formerly a Roots Coffeehouse, the cafe rebranded last year and is now Edison Coffee Co., a combination retailer and roaster. The crew is now slingin’ their own beans and is preparing to open their second cafe in Flower Mound’s Parker Square this June. Edison offers both a monthly roasters’ choice coffee subscription program and a slick app that lets customers order drinks before even setting foot in the cafe.
XO Coffee Company
1023 E. 15th St., Plano
XO Coffee Company opened early this year in Plano’s historic downtown. They’re slinging Novel Coffee Roasters off their high-tech brewing equipment and doing much more than just coffee. XO has Plano residents and commuters from the nearby DART station covered with fresh breakfast and lunch items, in-house baked pastries and a variety of non-coffee beverages like aguas frescas and house-made sodas.
Rosalind Coffee/Generator Coffee House & Bakery
107 N. 6th St., Garland
Generator Coffee House & Bakery has been around since 2010, offering up everything from bacon and eggs ($6.25) to yellowfin tuna sashimi ($12.95) as well as coffee, wine and more. Recently, the cafe was acquired by New York City’s Rosalind Coffee as the brand begins the process of building its second home here in Dallas. As evidenced by the stylish new Slayer espresso machine, changes are on the table, including an updated food menu and restructuring the coffee program. Rebranding of the shop will take place early next month with the brand opening a DFW roasting facility and training lab later in the year.
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1418 K. Ave, Plano
1418 was Plano’s introduction to the specialty coffee world, and the second cafe on the list from downtown Plano. The cafe serves up Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters, recently expanding its program by offering single-origin espressos. Last fall the shop came under new ownership and is now owned by Reaching International, a nonprofit group that recently relocated to Plano and specializes in construction of churches, fresh-water wells and food distribution.
Redefined Coffee House
220 N. Main St., Grapevine
Redefined Coffee House opened in Grapevine in 2013 and has been serving coffee from Fort Worth’s Avoca Coffee Roasters ever since. The shop also rotates through guest roasters both near (Novel Coffee Roasters in Dallas and West Oak in Denton) and far (Denver’s Commonwealth Coffee). The shop offers a variety of house-made syrups such as lavender, mint and rose and also serves up locally made pastries, including gluten-free, vegan and paleo options.