Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Roots Coffeehouse. North Richland Hills.

I had to venture out of the comfortable confines of Fort Worth yesterday to take my son to the airport. My first thought on such occasions is to be thankful that my days of working in Dallas but living in Fort Worth are over. Nevertheless, to the airport we went, and on the way back I decided to try the coffee at Roots Coffeehouse, a new coffeehouse in North Richland Hills. I'm not sure where I heard or read about it, but I did, so I went.

First glance: very attractive interior, spacious, and well furnished. And to my liking, not over-stuffed with Roots gear and bric-a-brac. I hate bric-a-brac and I never wear apparel with a company's name on it ( if you want a billboard, buy one).

Anyway, Roots is new, comfortable, and inviting. The store is in a condo/retail complex, something like W7th but more suburban, and is part of the newly developed North Richland Hills/Precinct Line Road area. Not interesting to everyone but it is to me.

The coffee: I asked for a dark roast coffee to go and was served a good cup of coffee. Very hot. No complaints, not an A+, but I will go back when I am in the area. Coffee is best immediately after brewing -- mine may have been at the tail end of the holding time limit, at least it seemed that way. Regardless, it was a good cup of coffee.

The business: Some of my friends (you know who you are) will be interested in their fair-trade coffee commitment and their association with small independent businesses.  This from their website:
Roots Coffeehouse is one of DFW’s first coffee-shops serving all fair trade, organic coffee. Located in the heart of North Richland Hills (right across the street from Tarrant County College), Roots Coffeehouse invites you to come try out our specialty fair trade coffee, our signature RED Espresso, or perhaps a soy vanilla latte paired with a freshly baked blueberry muffin.
Summary: Any new venture in the area gets my support. The coffee is good. The pastries looked fresh, the attendants were friendly, and they have free wifi. What more could you ask for?

Roots Coffeehouse:  http://www.rootscoffeehouse.com/



Jake Good said...

I'm a fan of Roots!

I usually get their French press when I'm around, of course because I can control it :)

At any rate, nice review!

(p.s. No idea why, but they have 2 twitter accounts @RootsUpdates and @RootsCoffee)

Adam L said...

5 words: It is better than starbucks.

Francis Shivone said...

Thanks, Jake.

Adam L. -- I'm a fan of Starbucks Sumatra. I will admit that I have never had a decent espresso or espresso machiatto at a Starbucks. But a just-brewed Sumatra is a pretty damn good cup of coffee, in my humble opinion.