Archive for March 2011
Even though I’m trying to cut back on my caffeine
addiction habit, I still love a good cup of coffee and if I’m going to pay someone else for it then I want the experience to be great. Since this blog is about locally owned businesses, I will not be mentioning the giant coffee company whose name references the high $ amount you will be spending on java 🙂
So now let us compare what I am choosing to call “Coffee Shop A” and “Coffee Shop B” (both in the Denton area).
Coffee Shop A–
- First of all, the place basically has two parking spots so lucky you if you get one!
- Hannah and I walk in and the “barista” (that’s a stretch here) doesn’t even look up. I order my latte and then ask what kind of muffins they have & he seems annoyed I even asked but rattles off a list of 3 choices. Doesn’t he know Hannah and I need our carbs?
- So I take our cold muffin (I think he just thawed them out from the freezer an hour ago) and we head to find a table…it’s at this point I notice it’s kinda cold in here but I convince myself it’s because the area where you place your order is by the entrance.
- We go towards the back of Coffee Shop A and I realize there is no central heating system in here and mind you this was a very cold day in December. We sit down and I notice there is a little air filter machine over in the corner. Wait a minute, it’s not an air filter, it’s a tiny space heater! Hannah and I move to a table and pull the heater as close to us as possible because we are freezing and the cold muffin is not helping.
- The barista hollers that my latte is ready so I go pick it up and get back to our space heater as quickly as possible. I take one sip and almost die. I love strong coffee but this tastes like pureed expresso beans with a drop of milk.
- Then Hannah notices the “art” on the walls…I look over to where she is pointing and am not ready to discuss male/female anatomy with my 2 year old. Time to get outa here! Plus my car heater is way better.
Coffee Shop B:
- Plenty of parking spaces…a good start.
- Definitely have a heater so still getting better. There are also nice couches and comfy chairs along with regular tables which creates a cozy environment. Great music is playing in the background.
- There’s art on the walls but it’s safe for a 2 year old…no awkward questions, nice.
- Hannah and I walk up to place our order and the barista (a real one) says Good Morning what would you like? Acknowledgment of our presence, sweet!
- I have a coupon for a smoothie so Hannah gets that while I order a 20 oz. of their Coffee of the Day. They have these cool little machines that you get your cream, half/half, or skim milk from. Just press a button and the perfect amount comes out.
- Hannah chooses one of the tall tables with big chairs near a window. We also ordered a quiche and a muffin so we enjoy our beverages while we wait on our goodies.
- The barista brings our order to our table and it’s WARM! Both the bacon & cheese quiche and the cappuccino chocolate chip muffin are amazing. I’ve tried all kinds of their muffins but the cappuccino one is my fave.
- Hannah and I have great breakfast conversation and truly enjoy our CAFE’ DU LUXE experience.
- “Coffee Shop B” definitely understands what it means to create a great experience with quality food/drink. They also have live music, happy hour (they offer wine and desserts too), and a lunch menu. I’ve eaten lunch there as well and it’s just as good!
- I read an article in the DRC about the owner of Cafe’ Du Luxe and it said that he worked at the large coffee chain I mentioned at the first of this blog just so he could better understand the coffee business and see what he wanted to do differently. I really admire the hard work/research he put in before opening his own business
I won’t mention the actual name of “Coffee Shop A” but if you’re a Dentonite you can probably figure it out 🙂 Just give Cafe’ Du Luxe a try…you won’t be disapointed and you’ll stay warm (or cool) in there!