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Fort Worth’s Best Coffee Shops — Your Must-Visit Caffeine Pilgrimages

From a Little Slice of Italy to a Downtown Gem to Specialty Finds

BY // 09.18.19

There is nothing better than a great cup of coffee to get your day going — or in many cases, keep it going. In recent years, more and more worthy coffee shops have found their way to Fort Worth. But not all coffee is created equal.

Here are Fort Worth’s Best Coffee Shops:

Craftwork Coffee Co.

Camp Bowie – 4731 Camp Bowie Boulevard

The Foundry – 2700 Weisenberger Street

Magnolia – 1121 W. Magnolia Avenue

To say that a great deal of thought and effort is put into the Craftwork Coffee experience is a drastic understatement. The mission statement of Craftwork is “We exist to draw people out of isolation and into a community.”

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The concept was thought of by two friends, Riley Kiltz and Collin Sansom, who have a passion for commonality and great coffee. This is evidenced by the friendly staff, simple menu and co-working spaces in each location.

Craftwork roasts its own coffee in the heart of Fort Worth at the old O.B. Macaroni factory, but also hosts guest roasters throughout the year. The coffee is carefully curated by the staff to guarantee a quality cup of coffee every time you come in. Craftwork also  features Taco Heads breakfast tacos and pastries and desserts from Clever Baking Co., an Austin-based bakery.

Each of the three Fort Worth Craftwork locations has a different interior design because Kiltz wanted each shop to fit into its neighborhood, furthering the coffee crusaders’ mission. Craftwork’s latest endeavor is opening an Austin location.

Sons of Liberty Coffee

250 West Lancaster Avenue

Located on the edge of Fort Worth’s downtown, Sons of Liberty Coffee is housed in a huge loft-style space a stone’s throw from the Fort Worth Omni. Any day of the week, you can find throngs of people sipping coffee and working while natural light pours into the minimal, industrial space.

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Sons Coffee is housed in a huge loft-style space a stone’s throw from the Fort Worth Omni.

Sons is all about staying hungry and innovative, and it shows. The shop recently started roasting and selling its own coffee. Founder and CEO Eder Teixeria takes pride in creating a place for people to gather and be creative, while also making sure the brand continues to push forward.

The shop has a simple coffee menu, a bevy of on-tap drinks — think kombucha and chocolate milk, sweets and made to order sandwiches and tacos. Sons’ specialty drinks menu shows a level of ingenuity as well. Try the smoked lavender latte and you won’t be disappointed.

Buon Giorno Coffeehouse & Roastery

915 Florence Street

Buon Giorno Coffee is a little slice of Italy in Cowtown. This shop is determined to bring the slow and easy coffee culture of Europe stateside. With three locations in Grapevine, Southlake and Downtown Fort Worth, coffee lovers feel the pull to sit and stay a while.

Owner David Clarke fell in love with espresso at 18 after hitchhiking to Rome from the Netherlands. He has been obsessed with Italian coffee ever since. Buon Giorno micro batch roasts its own coffee beans, taking special care to bring out all of the right flavors.

Buon specializes in traditional espresso and French Press, as the Europeans do, but can still make all of the cult favorite slow drip drinks. While you’re enjoying your coffee, take the time to enjoy one of the in-house made scones, shortbreads or croissants to round out your experience.

Avoca Coffee

1131 W. Magnolia Avenue

835 Foch Street

Avoca was founded in Fort Worth in 2011 and its flagship location on West Magnolia Avenue is a favorite among local coffee connoisseurs. In fact, Avoca is often touted as the coffee shop that started craft coffee mania in Fort Worth.

This funky shop believes in a bean to cup philosophy, using organic, single origin beans, micro-roasted on site. Each batch is curated to perfection with various flavor profiles and every barista is more than knowledgeable on the coffees served.

Be sure to try a pour over to really taste how great the coffee is. Avoca has made an art form of quality coffee because of its small batch techniques and has gained statewide recognition. You can purchase Avoca roasted coffee beans from 23 retailers and it is served at 21 restaurants across Texas. The thriving coffee enterprise opened a second location on Foch in 2016.

Vaquero

109 Houston Street

Vaquero is Spanish for Cowboy or cattle driver, which is very appropriate considering this shop is in the heart of Fort Worth. Besides, cowboys need caffeine too.

Vaquero Coffee Company is located in downtown Fort Worth, near the courthouse. The shop was opened in 2018 by co-founder Jonathan Heath, who saw a desperate need in the downtown area for quality, non-chain coffee.

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Vaquero is anything but a cookie cutter coffee shop.

With a background in business, Heath knows the importance of great service experience and the shop prides itself on quality coffee with stellar customer service. Vaquero boasts a seasonal drink menu to match the mood of every season. You can now try cold weather favorites such as Horchata or the Matchmaker latte with honey and cinnamon syrups.

Vaquero also made partnerships with other local Fort Worth darlings soon after opening. Sweet and savory Pearl Snap Kolaches are delivered daily and with 24 hour notice, you can have Vaquero cater your meeting with coffee and assorted kolaches.

Crude Craft Coffee Bar

804 South Main Street, Suite 120

On the southside of Fort Worth, you can find Crude Craft Coffee Bar. Found in a white painted brick building, Crude’s interiors are dark and homey.

Crude Coffee got its name from Fort Worth’s rich and storied oil history. It is owned by mother and son team, Teresa and Corey Bloodworth, and first opened in 2018. Teresa makes small batch, homemade desserts and pastries daily while Corey is constantly challenging himself as a barista to make better coffee and create a better visitor experience.

You can’t go wrong with the traditional coffee, but if you’re feeling more adventurous, Crude also offers homemade alcohol infused syrups for specialty drinks. The specialty drinks change seasonally, but currently the Tres Leches is a fan favorite.

Coffee Folk

4147 Meadowbrook Drive

Coffee Folk is run out of a completely renovated travel trailer from the 1970s, but you’d never guess it from the modern, matte black exterior complete with a minimal font sign. The owners, Brian and Gina Milligan, found a stationary home for their trailer right next to the east Fort Worth Meadowbrook neighborhood.

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Coffee Folk is run out of a renovated trailer from the 1970s, just adding to its Fort Worth coffee charm.

The shaded lot has become a neighborhood gathering place thanks to the contemporary and welcoming seating around the shop. Though the hours may vary — be sure to check Instagram — the great coffee is constant.

Taco Heads breakfast tacos are served in the morning, as well as either Stir Crazy Baked Goods or Empire Bakery for those with a sweet tooth. Seasonal specialty drinks are delicious, such as the Jacques, but what really stands out is how quality the coffee is and the care that it is prepared with.

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