From the Grounds UpJan 01, 2022 ● By Lisa Sciortino
If there’s a better way to start the day than with a steaming-hot cup of coffee, we don’t know what it is.
Apparently, we’re not alone: According to the results of a 2020 survey by the National Coffee Association, 62 percent of Americans drink coffee daily – about three cups per day on average, as a matter of fact.
Luckily, there are plenty of places where Frisconians can have their caffeine cravings quenched. Whether it is for that must-have morning mug of dark-roast joe, a quick bite to eat over a mid-afternoon macchiato or a semi-quiet corner in which to sit and get some work done, any of the coffeehouses situated in the city can likely check those boxes just fine.
A number of independently owned-and-operated shops (including some belonging to Texas-born-and-bred chains) have opened their doors throughout Frisco, going head-to-head against local outlets of much larger, ubiquitous java joints. Each is grinding away while making its mark on the local coffee scene.
Some boast aromatic blends made from specially sourced, premium beans that are specially roasted to achieve bold, intense flavors. Meanwhile, “latte art” – intricate designs and pretty portraits crafted on the fluffy foam atop drinks – has become a calling card for others. Alongside their brews, most places also serve selections of unique sandwiches, tempting pastries and delicious desserts as well as tempting teas and other beverages.
Consider visiting a few – or all – of the coffeehouses on this non-inclusive list compiled by Frisco STYLE to see, smell and, most importantly, taste what’s brewing.
La Finca Coffee & Bakery
7511 Main St., Suite 150
972-486-9600 | lafincacoffeebakery.com
This family-owned Rail District hotspot serves a plethora of hot and iced coffee drinks as well as several specialty beverages, including a Shakerato (espresso, milk and a choice of flavor) and Mexican hot chocolate. Items on its Mexican-inspired breakfast menu (made in La Finca’s scratch kitchen) include Chilaquiles, Molletes (bolillo bread with refried beans, chorizo, asadero cheese and salsa) and the La Finca Omelette filled with chorizo, tomatoes, onions, serrano peppers avocado and mozzarella cheese.
Yiayia’s Coffee House
At Frisco Fresh Market, 9215 John W. Elliott Drive
469-267-2095 | yiayias.coffee
Inspired by the Greek and Italian coffee cultures, this family owned-and-operated coffeehouse is only open Saturdays and Sundays during the Frisco Fresh Market, where it crafts drinks including authentic Greek freddo cappuccinos and espressos. It also sells bags of its flavorful beans in varieties including Organic Spiced Orange and Texas Maple Pecan.
Karmic Grounds Coffee + Tea Studio
3033 Ohio Drive, Suite 1000 | 469-912-0660
7227 Main St., Suite 600 | 972-370-3514
At its pair of Frisco locations, “Sophisticated coffee making equipment and exclusive, premium beans allow customers to immerse themselves in the coffee making (and consuming) process,” according to Karmic Grounds’ website. Describing itself as “an all-day hub for hipsters, professionals and families alike,” one of its most popular drinks is the Onyx Delight Latte featuring espresso and steamed, frothed milk flavored with honey, cinnamon and vanilla bean. Hungry? Try the Pear, Walnut and Blue Cheese Flatbread topped with mozzarella and honey, or The G.O.A.T. – sourdough toast topped with avocado, garlic seasoning, crumbled feta cheese, cherry tomatoes and a balsamic reduction.
American Coffee & Tea Company
6495 Dallas Pkwy., Suite 200
469-200-5961 | americancoffeeandtea.com
Proudly serving “veteran-owned coffee and tea, made by Americans for Americans,” its website explains, “We brew a cup that’s bold, just like the veterans that have fought for all of our freedoms for over two centuries. We believe in the greatness of America and always will.” Drip coffee, French press and pour overs are available here, along with cappuccinos, lattes, caramel macchiatos and, of course, Americanos. Also offered are a variety of smoothies, loose-leaf teas, lemonade and four types of milk alternatives. Entrees include the Buttermilk Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit Sandwich and the Grilled Chicken Chopped Salad.
Mochas & Javas
11660 Legacy Drive
214-705-9600 | mochasandjavas.com/legacy
Offering drip coffee and espresso versions of its signature dark-roast blend, this family owned chain was founded in San Marcos, south of Austin, where it has three locations. Its Bulletproof coffee is blended with coconut oil and grass-fed butter. Meanwhile, the Dirty Blond Latte combines white chocolate and caramel sauces. Frozen coffee drinks include the Oreo Java-Chino (frozen espresso blended with cookies and cream). Crustless quiches, kolaches, smoothies, sandwiches and scones are also on the menu.
6943 Main St.
469-294-0117 | summermooncoffee.com/pages/frisco
Birthed in Texas’ Hill Country, this growing chain boasts 32 locations (including a pair in Oklahoma). Its Rail District Frisco store is a local favorite, serving brews made from organic beans that are oak roasted in brick ovens in a process favored by coffee masters during the 1800s. The result, according to Summer Moon’s website, is “greater body and lower acidity, which translates to a rich, smooth, balanced coffee on your palate.” Lattes are served in summer (hot) or winter (iced) varieties (don’t forget the Moon Milk, a secret blend of sweet cream). Cold and nitro brews are available, as are blended drinks including an Espresso Milkshake, the Moon Glacier (with vanilla or java chips) and a Frozen Horchata. Assorted pastries, quiches and tacos are also served.
6750 Gaylord Pkwy., Suite 130
469-777-3200 | dailygrindscoffee.com
This family owned shop was established in Frisco in 2019. Located at HALL Park, its beverage menu includes a Honey Lavender Latte, Café Au Lait and Iced Vietnamese Coffee, as well as a selection of teas. Order one of its signature croissants, which are laminated, proofed and baked in house each morning. For breakfast or lunch, consider The Lox sandwich, served on one of the flakey rolls with smoked salmon, cream cheese, tomato, cucumber, red onion and capers.
Kona Reserve Coffee
6363 Dallas Pkwy., Suite 201
469-200-5112 | konareservefrisco.com
For three years, this place has brought a taste of the islands to Texas with its Kona coffee that is sourced from Hawaiian coffee farms. Seasonal drinks share the menu with a selection of signature beverages including the Affogato Latte, a vanilla latte topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and the Kona Ocean, an iced latte layered with whole milk and blue Curacao syrup. Its cold-brew Kona Nitro coffee is infused with nitrogen gas to produce a creamy taste and texture sans the addition of milk.
3625 The Star Blvd., Suite 300
972-292-9766 | ascensiondallas.com
This North Texas chain boasts a half-dozen locations, including one at The Star. Its award-winning, small-batch coffees are sourced from around the world and roasted in Dallas. Selections on its “Cup of the Moment” menu include Golden Milk, a blend of turmeric, vanilla and hemp milk to which espresso or matcha can be added, and the Cardamom Bee featuring espresso, milk, cardamom and lavender. An all-day breakfast menu as well as lunch offerings are available, including a Ham + Cheese Melt featuring caramelized onion, raspberry jam and jack, brie and manchego cheeses.