Dallas’ The Pearl Cup
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.
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!
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.