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Dallas’ The Pearl Cup

25 October 2010 1,577 views 5 Comments

I think of Dallas as a chain restaurant kind of town. My firm has an office downtown and like many business districts, the only coffee shops around are places like Starbucks.

On a recent business trip, I asked my cab driver to stop off at The Pearl Cup, a newish coffee shop in Dallas off Henderson Avenue, opened by two women who moved to Dallas a few years back from Austin.

pearl cup sign and espresso bar

Turns out that Messay, my cab driver, is a coffee addict too. However, he’s a big Starbucks fan. He likes the darkest roast he can find, and since Starbucks tastes burnt to me, I figure I might be more of a medium roast kind of girl. Messay is originally from Ethiopia, the place where coffee was discovered.

Messay tells me that according to legend, a goat herder noticed his charges acting up after eating some red berries. The goat herder tried it himself, felt energized effect, and a coffee addiction was born!

Messay orders from David at The Pearl Cup

Messay orders from David at The Pearl Cup

My review of The Pearl Cup: Friendly staff, delicious latte, and great atmosphere. I love the dog-friendly patio too.

Messay’s review: The coffee is too weak (and he got their darkest blend). I guess if you’re used to Starbucks, a non-burnt bean isn’t what you’re expecting. By the way, when Messay isn’t sinking his hard-earned dollars into Starbucks coffers, he told me he enjoys Dallmayr, a brand he buys at Fiesta and brews at home.

My colleague Sarah loves hot chocolate from The Pearl Cup and I really like the fact that they order beans from three different roasters — most coffee shops commit to just one roaster but some of the more geeked out coffee shops (like Houndstooth in Austin), offer a few options to their customers.

The Pearl Cup regularly offers coffee from two local roasters — Eiland Coffee in Dallas, and Cuvee Coffee from Spicewood, near Austin. The third is the wild card and changes regularly.

I follow The Pearl Cup on Twitter to stay up to date on what is going on with them, and learned that they are now serving crepes until 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. If you’ve tried them, I’d love to hear your review!

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  • http://www.fabulousdrinksaustin.com/ Fabulous Drinks Austin

    Jody,

    Thanks for letting me know about this. We travel to that end of Dallas every so often for business as well. Great to hear there's a fabulous cup of coffee awaiting us on our next return to the big D! Thank you for the report.

  • http://www.fabulousdrinksaustin.com/ Fabulous Drinks Austin

    Jody,

    Thanks for letting me know about this. We travel to that end of Dallas every so often for business as well. Great to hear there's a fabulous cup of coffee awaiting us on our next return to the big D! Thank you for the report.

  • jodibart

    You are so welcome, Nicole! I'd love to hear what other local recommendations you have in the Dallas area.

  • jodibart

    You are so welcome, Nicole! I'd love to hear what other local recommendations you have in the Dallas area.

  • jodibart

    You are so welcome, Nicole! I'd love to hear what other local recommendations you have in the Dallas area.