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Ten New Coffee Shops in the American Southwest (Mostly Texas)

10 new coffee shops Texas Southwest

It was a Texas-heavy year for Daily Coffee News’ coverage of new cafe openings in the Southwestern United States. Under the light of the lone star, a diverse group of new coffee faces was illuminated.

Some shops offered close connections to coffee producers in Ethiopia, Nicaragua and Yemen; a Germany-born chain took its first steps into the U.S.; and, in Houston, a man from Korea created a coffee-focused portal to Italy, to name just a few.

Continuing our 2023 Year in Review, here’s a look back at 10 of the worldly and colorful new Southwestern cafes that opened this year. 

Dilla Coffee Fills Dallas with Quality Ethiopian Beans and Brews

A new family-run coffee company called Dilla Coffee has cut the ribbon on a production roastery and retail store in Dallas, selling coffees grown by extended family members in Ethiopia’s renowned Yirgacheffe region… read more


Dilla Coffee. Courtesy photo.

In Austin, Talisman Coffee Offers a Magical Connection to Matagalpa

Following five generations of coffee farming in Nicaragua, the Alvaredo family’s vertical integration is now firmly set in bricks and mortar with the opening of the Talisman Coffee bar in Austin, Texas… read more


Talisman Coffee. Courtesy photo.

Slow & Steady Reaches the Finish Line in Dallas

With three large picture windows added to the front of the space, charcoal exterior and trim, and some interior updates, the shop’s design tries to highlight the building’s existing midcentury modernity… read more


Slow & Steady. Courtesy photo.

Rootline Coffee Connects Points in Nicaragua and Central Texas

Tiles, embroidery and natural wood pieces around the 2,100-square-foot cafe about 45 minutes west of Austin create a comfortable setting in which to sip a fresh brew. They also reflect the direct connection to Finca Esperanza De Gloria, a farm in Jinotega, Nicaragua, owned by Rootline proprietors Britt and Audrey Hancock… read more


Rootline Coffee. Courtesy photo.

All Roads Lead to Yellow Brick Coffee’s Flagship Cafe in Tucson

On the ground floor of a luxury apartment complex called The Benedictine, Yellow Brick’s second brick-and-mortar cafe is a more complete representation of the company’s desire to deliver a premium coffee experience with built-in transparency… read more


Photo by Taylor Noel Photography, courtesy of Yellow Brick Coffee.

Middle Eastern Coffee Gets Royal Treatment at Arwa Yemeni in Dallas-Fort Worth

The Middle Eastern-inspired coffee shop and roastery in Richardson sources coffees exclusively from Yemen before roasting on a bright yellow 3-kilo Diedrich in full view of guests. Coffees are brewed in traditional methods for Yemeni drink recipes… read more


Arwa Yemeni Coffee. Courtesy photo.

Un Caffè is a One-Stop Shop for Italian-Style Coffee in Houston

Soonkack Kook, who initially moved to the United States from Korea for college 20 years ago, spent the past 14 months renovating a 1,900-square-foot space inside Un Caffè’s 90-year-old building. The result is a modern roastery and retail bar awash in shades of red, green and white, reflecting Kook’s reverence for the birthplace of espresso, Italy… read more


Un Caffè. Courtesy photo.

Lemma Coffee Occupies New Forms in North Texas

Lemma Coffee Founder Daniel Baum described the newest location, the former XO Coffee shop in downtown Plano, as a “dream coffee shop” for its interior core and its prominent place among other neighborhood businesses. The Plano shop joins Lemma’s first cafe, which opened in Carrollton in 2019, and a second shop in Frisco… read more


Lemma Coffee Co. Courtesy photo.

Progress Coffee Moves Forward with Coffee and Cocktails in Austin

A brilliant cafe, roastery and cocktail bar by the almost 20-year-old company opened last month, offering local beers and wines, cocktails, multiple seating areas, food trucks outside and, of course, a progressive coffee program… read more


Progress Coffee Roasters. Courtesy photo.

Germany-Born Chain Coffee Fellows Opens First US Shop in Houston

Germany’s third-largest coffee chain, Coffee Fellows, made its United States debut in suburban Houston, while three more locations are already in the works… read more


Coffee Fellows. Courtesy photo.