Why Coffee Prices Are Going Up, and What It Means for Dallas' Best Coffee Shops

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Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters has its ways.
America's number one source of minor heart palpitations just got a little more expensive. Food manufacturer J.M. Smucker recently announced a 9-percent price increase for Dunkin Donuts and Folgers (the bestselling brand in the U.S.) coffees.

Thanks to stockpiles of Arabica, Smucker has been able to delay passing costs onto customers since April, when the price of coffee futures spiked in response to a drought that sucked prime coffee-growing real estate dry in Brazil and a fungus called la roya or "rust," which took up residence at coffee farms throughout South America.

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Dallas' 5 Best Coffee Shops

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Catherine Downes

If coffee is important to you in a biological or emotional way, then you probably have an attachment to a coffee shop. If your love/addiction runs deep, you have a go-to place in every neighborhood in town.

But what makes a coffee shop really good? The kind of good that causes you to drive out of your way for it? The kind of good where you don't mind paying $1.50 more than you would at Starbucks? I would like to propose three fundamental factors that make a coffee shop more than a caffeine pit stop.

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Coffee and Sugar -- Friends or Foes?

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People take their coffee very seriously, or at least take their coffee ritual very seriously. For me, coffee is a part of the rhythm of my life. Drinking coffee is my first order of business every morning without exception. I begin looking forward to that first sip of coffee in my dark kitchen before I even get out of bed.

How an individual takes their coffee is an important part of their ritual. Milk options these days include half and half, whole and skim milk as well as soy, almond, and coconut for the dairy averse. And then there is the subject of sweeteners, which based on the feedback we received about Davis Street Espresso and their sugar cubes, is a little bit of a touchy subject. Some coffee shops, like Handsome Coffee in L.A., serve no sugar options at all. You heard me, zero.

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Now Scientists Say Coffee Doesn't Dehydrate, Another Reason to Never Drink Water

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An important thing to remember about science is that, like a good soap opera, it's never really finished. No issue is really settled as long as there are more people capable of asking more questions and doing more research. This is a good thing. It's what keeps us from accepting things as true without testing them against new ideas, data or technologies.

Thankfully, someone thought to challenge the supposedly unhealthy aspects of coffee. It's been a long held understanding that caffeine, like alcohol, causes dehydration. Since staying well watered is key to good health (though scientists even disagree on the specifics of that), there's been a lot of concern over the average person's use/abuse of coffee. Especially because the U.S. is one of the coffee-drinkingest countries in the world, consuming an annual 4.2 kg of coffee per person, more than three times the global average.

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Davis Street Espresso: No WiFi, No Splenda, No Skim Milk, No To-Go Cups, No Problem

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It's not easy to be in the coffee-shop game these days. Craft coffee isn't cheap, and if you don't have something else with decent margins to sell alongside it, you could be in big trouble.

This has led many a business-minded person to create their coffee program in tandem with a restaurant, bar or boutique. However if you are Shannon Neffendorf, owner of Davis Street Espresso (819 W Davis Street), then you double down on the coffee, which you conveniently roast in the same space under the name Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters. Having a roasting company as his primary business gives Neffendorf some freedom to play with his idea of the ideal coffee shop. What he created is a stripped down concept where the coffee is the heart of everything they do, and it works because the coffee is good. Really good.

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Method, a New Coffee Shop Coming to East Dallas, Will Sport the City's First "Slayer"

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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.

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The Pearl Cup Is Leaving Henderson Avenue, to be Replaced by Austin's Houndstooth

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Big shake up news in the world of Dallas coffee: not only is Austin-based Houndstooth Coffee coming to Dallas in 2014, it's going to be replacing Pearl Cup on Henderson Avenue.

Pearl Cup has been in its Henderson location for five years, and its lease is up at the end of December. Since then it's opened two more locations, in Downtown and in Richardson. According to Teresa Grubbins at CultureMap, Pearl Cup owners Carlene Saelg and Rita Davis have still more plans for the coffee shop's expansion, though at the moment they're mum on the details.

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Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters Is Brewing Two JFK Conspiracy-Theory Coffees

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For a city that's quick to tear down most any building, Dallas has embraced its history with gusto. Not that it's possible to pretend that the Kennedy assassination never happened, but across the city people are enthusiastically touting their history and connections to event. Really, it's a surprise we haven't already seen more JFK-themed foodstuffs.

Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters is commemorating Oswald's apprehension in the neighborhood and trying to "honor President Kennedy, remember Oak Cliff's historical ties to his assassination and acknowledge the unresolved mystery surrounding the plot to kill the President" with a limited-edition set of two conspiracy-theory coffees.

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Scientists Agree That You Should Drink a Lot of Coffee, but Not Too Much Or YOU'LL DIE

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That inky mystery
New research out of Harvard is strengthening the argument that coffee helps curb the risk of Type II diabetes. So coffee is alongside nuts, citrus, leafy greens, beans and sweet potatoes on the list of super healthy foods that help prevent diabetes.

According to the Harvard research, the main reason coffee came off so unhealthy in early studies is because it goes so damn well with a cigarette. Researchers in the 1970s had trouble sorting out which health problems were tied to coffee and which were tied to smoking (though the "looking awesome" effects of both are well-documented).

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Murray Street Coffee Shop Is Everything a Coffee Shop Was Meant to Be

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One-time barista Liz Goulding drinks coffee around Dallas so her head doesn't hurt and so she can help keep yours from hurting, too. Got a place to suggest? Leave it in the comments.

If there is anything people love in Dallas, it's new stuff. New is shiny and exciting and lends itself to being written about. Murray Street Coffee isn't new. In fact, it's eight years old, which is 156 in Dallas years. It's tucked into the corner of Main and Murray Street on the backside of Deep Ellum and does its thing, serving the eclectic neighborhood it calls home. If you spend any amount of time around those parts you probably know all about Murray Street, but if you don't you probably don't.

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