Houndstooth Coffee, Now Open on Henderson, Is a Serious Place for Serious Coffee People

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Weaving people and java together forever.
I've never been to a coffee shop with an ethos before. Mostly I just want a cup of coffee that doesn't suck, some wifi and a place to plug in my laptop adapter. Bonus points for decent ergonomics so I can put in an extra long hyper-caffeinated work session without blowing out my elbows or straining my back.

Houndstooth is not this type of coffee shop. There's not a single outlet for device charging. Clearly this is a place where customers are expected to absolve themselves from their every day toil and Facebook-scrolling and shift their focus solely to the coffee. And it's very good coffee. I tried two of the varieties that were available this morning, a light and fruity number and a rustico, both in cortados, which probably is a terrible way to taste a bean for the first time but it was early and I needed what I needed.

They were both great, but coffee is almost always great when you carefully pulverize it, weigh the resultant grounds to the tenth of a gram like a South Beach coke dealer and then employ a handmade espresso machine from Florence with an exacting science. The coffee is serious. Everyone is wearing a shirt and tie or slender black dress and I'm in a pair of New Balance sneakers I've owned for more than five years. I felt underdressed. Did I mention the coffee is really good? I'm on my second cortado. Did I mention that?

James Brown was screaming from the tiny Marshall speaker that sits on a ledge near the ceiling while a steady stream of customers came in and ordered their drinks. There are four communal tables a bar that runs around the perimeter and a nook with benches, tiny tables and stools. Out front a small patio is the only reminder that this place used to be called the Pearl Cup. This place is a big improvement.

There's a private coffee room off to the side with a sliding metal door. Inside three coffee nerds practice coffee art. Is that a Georgia O'Keeffe? No, dude, it's a heart.

1900 N Henderson Ave., houndstoothcoffee.com

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Every morning should start with two cortados and a Topo Chico.


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10 comments
kndk
kndk

What brand of coffee is served here? That should have been the first thing mentioned if you're going to write about a coffee shop. Clearly Dallas has a long way to go here.

looptwelve
looptwelve

It's obvious with the back-less stools and no power outlets, they want customers to get their coffee and GTFO-- not take up (limited) space, be comfortable, or do work they need to do. I'll stick with other coffee shops in the area.

DavidRoot
DavidRoot

I like the cortados at Cultivar Coffee. Are these as good?

bstewart1987
bstewart1987

They got Folgers? Its the best part of waking up.

kframirez
kframirez

A coffee shop is not your personal living room. There is nothing more annoying they not being able to find a seat where I can sit and enjoy my coffee because they are all taken up by freeloaders using the free WIFI and nursing one cup of coffee. Kudos to Houndstooth for having no power outlets.

becoolerifyoudid
becoolerifyoudid

@kframirez  But some coffee shops want to be your "Third Space" (I think that's what Sbux was calling it) and spend a lot of money making the place look your living room (well my living room looks nowhere near as nice as Mudsmith's backroom).


No issue with Houndstooth deciding to not be such a place, let the market decide if it works.

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