Ascension doesn’t have the typical coffee shop feel. Half of the café is a restaurant and the other half is a slow drip bar. On some nights, you might be serenaded by a local artist, dimmed lights, and a packed house. If you like cheese boards & wine, Ascension is right up your alley. If you’re thinking about getting breakfast here, I suggest the avocado toast. Too good.
Johnathon and I had our first date at Zenzero a little over 3 years ago. It’s also the first independent coffee shop I had been to. Weaning me off of Starbucks and 7/11 coffee (I still get my frappuccino fix though). I was introduced to a whole new world, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I ordered a cortado, and oh my, it was delicious. Zenzero is a bakery, cafe, and coffee shop. Their breakfast & brunch is uh-maze-ing. Be warned: you are going to want to buy EVERYTHING. My favorite pastries are the cinnamon rolls, coffee cake, and chocolate chip cookies. Suggested combination: drip coffee (drink it black) and a cinnamon roll. I will say that it gets packed at times but c’mon, treat yo self.
Formerly known as Roots, you’ll probably run into someone you know. The decor is inviting, dim lighting, couches, Thomas Jefferson light bulbs, wood finishes. I particularly enjoy the coffee shop to get some writing done. It’s typically filled with teenagers, and young adults. Friendly, smiling barista’s who occasionally get caught up in conversations with “the usual” customers.You won’t be greeted with snooty barista’s (you know you’ve met one). If you want a relaxed coffee shop which is inviting for going on dates, finishing homework, or discussing the importance of diversity, Edison is your best bet around the Denton County area.
You’ll have a warm cup of coffee with the option of buying pastries from The Flour Shop or a macaron from Joy Macarons. I prefer the macarons. My highly suggest trying their seasonal drinks. They’re ever changing, spunky, and who know’s — it might be the best concoction you’ve ever had. My favorite drink? A cortado. They also have pretty cool chalk art all year long, and merch that will make people think you’re an Edison ambassador. If you end up loving Edison, they now have a membership. You get a free Edison t-shirt, Edison tumbler, a member cash card ($20), 20% off coffee, drinks, food, classes, and merchandise, 4 member events and parties, and Edison snail mail. It costs $150 per year.
I personally have not purchased the membership, but the thought it still lingering. If you haven’t been to Edison, and you’re around the area — give it a shot. If all else fails, get a hot chocolate.
Trio Craft Coffee
I have a system when it comes to drinking coffee and ordering coffee. My system goes like this — every month, give or take, I order the same exact drink at every coffee shop that I go to. Eventually, I move on to a different drink. I collect this data aka I try to retain my “favorites” in a huge folder in my brain. With that said, I am going to start reviewing different coffee shops and the best drinks to purchase in those cafés. I want to start off with Trio Craft Coffee in Flower Mound, TX. They, hands down, have the best mocha I have ever had. I do admit I’ve consumed more than a human should. It’s a treat. A delicious chocolatey experience. The owners are so friendly and welcoming. For example, I was writing a business plan for my entrepreneurship class, and one of the requirements was to interview a business owner. I emailed Trio and Carlos (one of the owners) quickly replied. It was a short notice interview, and even though he still had to work — he took the time to answer my questions. Let me emphasis that this happened in a two day period. Yes, I was procrastinating. Coming across genuine and sweet business owners is rare. At least in my experience. It’s a welcoming coffee shop with friendly faces, delicious coffee and pastries.