A Cup of Coffee Everyday? Why It's Great For You!

A Cup of Coffee Everyday? Why It's Great For You!

It's no secret that coffee is the source of happiness for most people around the world, and sometimes it's hard to get through your morning without having a cup of a hot and delicious beverage. Of course, there are people who like enjoying their drink alone at home, and some thrive while sitting in a coffee shop, sharing a cup between friends or colleagues....

Winter Seasonal Menu Debuts this Friday!

We're excited to announce the debut of our Winter Seasonal Drinks this Friday, 11/25! We've crafted two totally new drinks and brought back one of last year's favorites, for three drinks that will get you caroling and cold-weather ready!

the Coffee Julep

Fresh muddled mint, our signature holiday spices syrup, hopped nitro cold brew from Novel Coffee Roasters, topped with Topo Chico & a fresh mint leaf! This drink is a cool new take on a classic, served in a copper mug and sure to give you all the holiday feelz.

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the Pinewood

We've smoked our own vanilla beans for this one! Two handmade syrups - smoked vanilla & holiday pine. We combine these two with our espresso, steamed milk, and top it with fresh ground nutmeg for a new take on holiday drinks that's reminiscent of winter walks in the woods and gathering around a campfire with friends. We think you will love it as much as we do. 

Spiced Cuban

Welcome back this old favorite! Cinnamon, Cardamom, and everything wonderful about our signature staple, the Cuban, topped with cinnamon and made with love!

Fall Seasonal Menu Debuts Friday, Sept 16th!

We are so excited to announce our new seasonal menu for fall! Our team spent a lot of time imagining, discovering, and creating these new drinks and we are so excited to share them with you!

The Pumpkin Harvest Latte is an old favorite! Made from real pumpkin and spices, this house-made sauce is the base of our lightly sweet and wonderfully pumpkin fall favorite.

The Sugared Fig Cortado is a new creation made from house-made fig sauce, layered neatly with espresso and steamed milk, and topped with fresh ground nutmeg! Its also served with a whole grain fig newton so you get coffee plus a snack!

Our Salt & Spice Capp is straight local honey, spices, espresso & steamed milk, topped with our special sea salt & spices blend. Its delicious and perfectly autumn.

Stop by Friday to try one or all three! Also check out our new food and snack items for fall - the Harvest Bagel & the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin! #fallishere #craftcoffee #seasonalmenu

Fourth Annual Buy Local Event!

The Buy Local Event!

Save the Date:

October 1st from 2p-4p

Every year, since 2012, Roots has been hosting the Buy Local Event - one day on the first Saturday in October when we bring together the area's finest ingredients, makers, and artists.

For two hours, we set up the shop market-style and allow you to sample your way through our community's finest ingredients inside, and then get some early Christmas shopping done outside on the patio, where we will have gathered local artists and makers.

Past vendors include Holy Kombucha, Dude Sweet Chocolate, We Keep Exploring, Doughboy Donuts, Grapevine Grains, Novel Coffee Roasters, Fox&Otter, and many, many more!

Interested in being a vendor? Just contact us.

Three New Ways To Drink Coffee at Roots this Summer!

Our summer menu debuts this Friday, and we couldn't be more excited! We've been working hard to craft some amazing, creative drinks for you and we can't wait to share what we've come up with. Stop by the shop this Friday to try on (or all three) of these summer signature drinks.

Our  Nitro Cream  is cold brew on nitro goodness, topped with our house-made orange vanilla cream. This beauty is served in a frozen, sugar-rimmed glass and garnished with an orange slice proves to be a slightly sweet and altogether refreshing summer bev!

Our Nitro Cream is cold brew on nitro goodness, topped with our house-made orange vanilla cream. This beauty is served in a frozen, sugar-rimmed glass and garnished with an orange slice proves to be a slightly sweet and altogether refreshing summer bev!

The  Dude Sweet Orange Shakerato  is a play on the old favorite, the Shakerato. Our secret ingredient is barrel aged orange bitters, combined with Dude Sweet Chocolate powder, raw sugar, espresso, and cream. All of that goodness is shaken together with ice to create this rich, velvetly drink.

The Dude Sweet Orange Shakerato is a play on the old favorite, the Shakerato. Our secret ingredient is barrel aged orange bitters, combined with Dude Sweet Chocolate powder, raw sugar, espresso, and cream. All of that goodness is shaken together with ice to create this rich, velvetly drink.

The  Stone Fruit Latte  is a combination of apricot, peach, and black walnut. This house-made syrup, paired with our espresso and milk, is great hot or on the rocks.

The Stone Fruit Latte is a combination of apricot, peach, and black walnut. This house-made syrup, paired with our espresso and milk, is great hot or on the rocks.

Earth, Today Is Your Day

This Friday, April 22nd, is Earth Day. Here at Roots, we want to create coffee and community that care well for the world. 

For you & the earth, bring in your own cup this Friday and get $1 OFF your drink. If you don't have a re-usable vessel yet, you can get one of our amazing hydroflasks for only $20 this Friday only!

Here at Roots, we strive to operate in a way that cares for the world. For example:

Did you know that we campaigned for a recycling dumpster prior to moving into our space back in 2009 so that we could be sure we were able to recycle our paper and plastic?

Did you know that our "default" option for customers is a ceramic mug?

Did you know we use environmentally friendly dish soap?

Did you know we make our coffee grounds available to you, as well as community gardens, as nutrients for your soil?

Did you know that we buy from local suppliers whenever possible?

And there are things you can do too! Our friends at Green America have loads of great tips on reducing your consumption - you can check those out here. But why not start by just reducing the amount you throw into landfills every day by bringing your own water bottle with you to work? Or by bringing your own coffee cup to be refilled instead of using a paper one? That is one easy step you can take for a greener earth - to make sure its here and healthy for many generations to come.

Roots Turns 7!

Hi friends!

Back in the fall of 2008, I was a dreamy eyed twenty-two year old with a big dream - open up a community coffeehouse in the area I grew up, a land where independent businesses hardly ever succeed. Little less than six months later, opening Roots Coffeehouse was the realization of that dream.

Seven years ago, on March 30th 2009 when we opened, I had no idea the amazing people we would meet, events we would host, conversations that would be had, and how much amazing coffee we would drink. We've had weddings, fashion shows, live music, fundraisers, buy local events, engagements, movie nights, and everything in between. We've explored coffee together, created delicious new drinks, and pushed craft coffee forward in our community.

And you are the reason - our amazing customers and staff. Thank you for making this dream a reality and thank you for continuing to support the independent shops. We could not have done this without you. Come join us this Wednesday as we celebrate 7 years of great coffee & community!

We'll have $7 t-shirts all day, along with $1 cupcakes made by our very own @alissathebarista. Wish us a happy birthday and we'll give you $2 off your order.

-Janice

#rootsturns7

Live Music No More...

It is with sadness that I announce the end of live music at Roots. While we have been enjoying the music of local musicians original material for the last seven years, the actions of performance rights organizations have caused us to have to cease our live music programs.

If you are unfamiliar with performance rights organizations (BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC), they are basically organizations that license the right to play copyrighted songs in public places. While we are totally licensed for our music that plays over the speakers, we are not licensed for live performance of copyrighted material. Instead of paying their prohibitively expensive annual fees (upwards of $1500/yr for all three), we opted to only allow original songs of artists who play at Roots. I have personally studied music business, have a degree in it, and know this to be completely legal.

Unfortunately, even though we are operating within the law and not infringing on any copyrights, these organizations continue to threaten lawsuits against us. Since we are a small business, we cannot take the risk of continuing our live music program.

In the end, the ones that lose out are the local artists that just want to get in front of a crowd. We are not the first coffeehouse in the area to have to stop our live music program because of PRO's threatening legal action. I am afraid that the places for new local artists to play are decreasing drastically.

You should also know that threatening legal action for no reason is called extortion...and its illegal. 

You should also know that we do not make any money on live music at Roots, but rather just allow a space for local artists to be heard.

If this topic interests you, feel free to check out the articles below:

http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2014/10/29/ascap-bmi-sesac-force-local-coffee-shop-shut-live-music/

http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2015/03/18/bmi-sesac-force-local-coffee-shop-end-open-mic-night/

Thanks for your support!

Introducing: Steadfast Coffee

We are excited to announce our newest guest roaster partnership with Steadfast Coffee! Steadfast is out of Nashville, Tennessee and follows the motto "everything well considered". They have some great coffees from Peru, El Salvador, and Rwanda.

Check them out on Slow Bar & Retail.

Also, join us for a special guest roaster cupping, led by our very own baristas Joe & Mat. Its going to be on Thursday, February 11th from 7p-8:30p. The cost if $7 and you can sign up at the register. 

Check out these summer specials!

We're excited to debut three new drinks this week!

First, the Earl Soda is back, starting July 1st! This delicious blend of house-made earl grey syrup, sparkling water, and fresh orange is sure to refresh on hot summer days.

We are also introducing our Cold Brew Flight - cold coffee, three ways! Try small glasses of the cold brew on nitro, toddy cold brew, and iced americano.

 

We're also introducing a limited offering of the Campfire Frappe! Blended cold brew, milk, mallow, chocolate, and hazelnut, topped with graham dusting. A sweet treat for sweet summer days.

Coffee Lovers Gift Guide

Our top six picks for the holiday season for every coffee lover on your list:

1) Hario V60 & Skerton Hand Grinder:

The V60 and the Skerton Hand Grinder are a perfect match to brew the best cup of coffee at home. The V60 needs the finely tuned grind that the Skerton provides - great for one cup of coffee on the go. Consider pairing it with the Hario Buono Kettle for a more exact pour. Purchase these items at Roots for $25-$55.

 

2) Acaia Pearl Scale

This is for the coffee aficionado in your life. This scale combines an iPhone app with the best features of the gram scale / timer combo. The scale links with your phone in real time to record your extraction progress. Purchase is here for $129. This one is definitely on our wish list.

 

3) Novel Coffee

Freshly roasted Novel Coffee is always a good bet for anyone that appreciates expertly roasted, craft coffee. Right now, we especially recommend the Costa Rica Sonora Estate. Stop by Roots on Friday afternoons to grab a freshly roasted bag or order via their website (free shipping!) $14-$15

4) Local Box

Roots is proud to feature Local Boxes this holiday season. Grab a branded wooden box and fill it with local items like Fancy Pants Honey, Dude Sweet Chocolate, OMG Toffee, Novel Coffee, and more! Even better, buy 3 or more items and get the wooden box free as well as 10% your entire local purchase! Items are $1-$12.

5) Limited Edition Copper Bodum French Press

Pressed coffee is classic - its even more classic in this beautiful copper French press by Bodum. This guy makes a great gift for coffee novice to coffee aficionado or buy it for yourself and brew beautiful cups for your family & friends this holiday. $49

6) Our Common Mug

Do you have a friend who is far away? Our Common Mugs are only sold in pairs and when you buy, they send one to you and one to your friend far away along with a personalized note. You can order here.






Barista Spotlight - Sam

Here at Roots, we are all about community. That's why we want you to get to know the Roots family even better. Starting this month, we will be starting a new line of blog posts focused specifically on one member of the Roots team - this week, Sam!

We chose this picture above because its just so….you know….Sam! Sam has been here at Roots since early this year after getting back from traveling all over the U.S. He loves travel and loves people.

1.       Where are you from?

I spent my childhood in Anchorage, AK but I’ve been here in the DFW area over 10 years now.

2.       Tell us about the first cup of coffee you ever had:

My family traditionally has coffee served with pie, cake or another baked good as the desert for almost every large family dinner we would have.  When I was about 5 or 6 I was given a very tiny “Sam-sized” mug and enjoyed a cup of 1/3 coffee, 2/3 milk and an over-abundance of sugar.  A coffee fanatic was born.

3.       Tell us one thing that is on your bucket list: 

 I would really like to publish a book I write before my time comes.

4.       If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do? 

I’d love to visit Scandinavia (Finland, Norway and Sweden) and spend as much time hiking, camping, fishing and doing other various outdoor activities as possible.

5.       What do you do on your days off? 

In my free time I write concert and cd reviews for underground artists and musicians.  I go to various shows (I’ve reviewed concerts as far away as Denver, CO) and share my experiences with my readers so they can feel as though they are witnessing the concerts for themselves.  I hope to utilize these experiences to help me become a full-fledged journalist in the future.

6.       How did you get interested in coffee? 

My family, specifically my father, sparked my interest in coffee.  We are a coffee craving family and so an interest was raised quite naturally.

7.       Tell us the nicest thing a customer has ever done for you.

 I have two stories:  I was on a road trip in July, not even working for two weeks.  When I returned and checked my cubby at work, there were two excellent craft beverages that one of our sweetest regulars left for me.  She told me later, “I knew you wouldn’t be here when these were released and that you’d absolutely love them.”  She was absolutely correct.  The next story literally happened this past week.  I am an ardent lover of fried chicken, and have told numerous people I’ll be their friend for life if they just surprise me with fried chicken.  Well I had a customer deliver me four large, juicy morsels of breaded avian glory the other day, and it was impeccably delicious.  An amazing illustration of just how wonderful and caring our customers behave towards the Roots staff.

9.       What’s your go-to drink at Roots?

If I'm in a hurry and need a caffeine boost, you can’t go wrong with the Cuban.  If I have some time to relax and enjoy a drink in one of our for-here mugs, I go for a double-shot of espresso or a cortado.

Would you rather:

                Snow Ski or Water Ski?   Snow ski, all day

                Bicycle across the US or take a hot air balloon?  Bicycle

                Live without coffee or live without craft beer?  Live without craft beer

                Explore the Amazon or dive the Great Barrier Reef?  Dive the Great Barrier reef

                Read a book or watch a movie?  Read a book

                Drive a monster truck or a veggie bus?  As a former driver of a veggie bus, I’ll say veggie bus

                Climb a tree or swim in a creek?  Swim in a creek

                Eat spaghetti or lasagna?  Spaghetti

                Travel back in time or into the future?  I’m already travelling into the future, so back   in time

 

Closing Thoughts:

I consider myself extremely fortunate to have found this place.  A close friend helped get me hired, and subsequently the staff has become an extremely valuable part to my network of friends and family.  I appreciate this job more than any I’ve ever had.  The culture of Roots Coffeehouse is incredibly accepting and eclectic, traits I love and adore.  Our customers treat us like equals and show their sincere gratitude for us daily.  Whether it’s buying a meal for a hungry barista or genuinely listening and caring when we’re having a rough time, you all sure do make a guy feel loved and needed.  That purpose has given my life direction, and I cannot thank you all enough.

 

 

Spotlight on Coffee: Veracruz Mexico

Selecting and sourcing the finest coffees is protocol over at Novel Coffee Roasters - and they've done it again with the new Veracruz Mexico. 

"Among Mexican coffee-growing regions, Veracruz is lesser-known than its neighbor Chiapas to the east. But this year farms in Veracruz produced some of the best coffee in Mexico, sweeping the top three in the Cup of Excellence.

Our coffee comes from 16 farms who have worked together since 2009 to increase quality, collectively known as Productores de Café Sustentable de Baxtla. Their crop was a standout on the cupping table this year at the first ever Best of Mexico competition held by Cafe Imports."

 

Stop by Roots and try this amazing coffee on slow bar - we're ready to brew it for you in V60 or Chemex.

Second Annual Buy Local Event

As you probably know, we here at Roots are committed to using local ingredients as often as possible. With that in mind, last year we started the tradition of an annual Buy Local Event. This event showcases some of the best local businesses and invites you to sample your way through them in one place.

Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 from 2p-4p

This year, we are really excited about our lineup of local businesses. Learn more about them as you read on:

Novel Coffee Roasters: obviously, we are huge fans of Novel. This local coffee roaster uses only the finest specialty grade beans and pays careful attention to every step of the importing, sorting, roasting, and packaging process. They are simply the best! Come meet them, try their coffee, and learn more about their coffees.

http://www.novelcoffeeroasters.com

Melt Ice Creams: first of all, if you haven't been to Melt yet, do yourself a favor and stop reading and head over there right now. They make homemade ice creams using only the best local ingredients and have fun flavors to boast like Tea Time (lavender + earl grey) & Apples n' Oats (oatmeal & apple). They will be sampling and selling scoops at our event this year.

https://www.facebook.com/MeltIceCreams

Holy Kombucha: we've been serving up HK on tap since February and everyone loves it! Kombucha is not only low in sugar, but its also super good for you because its loaded with probiotics! HK also gives a percentage of sales to local non-profits, which makes them extra great. 

http://www.holykombucha.com

Fox&Otter: these folks make some seriously amazing spicy-sweet pickles! Made locally here in town, these pickles are legit! Stop by and try them or pick up a jar to turn any hum-drum dish into something incredible.

http://foxandotter.com

Boopas Bagels: we've been serving up four flavors of Boopas amazing bagels here at the shop for years now! Made fresh every day in Fort Worth, these authentic water bagels are never frozen and dense with deliciousness. Try them out during the event, or pick up a bag.

http://boopasbagelfortworth.com

Roots Juices: no, no direct relation to Roots Coffeehouse, but these guys press some great juices!  Each bottle has 3lbs of fruits and veggies! They are local out of Dallas and they are 100% awesome. 

https://rootspressedjuices.com

 

Fall Flavors are almost here!

As you may know, we have been focusing our efforts on crafting more unique and handcrafted drinks at Roots as we grow. Our focus has been and will continue to be quality over quantity. We've done away with any and all sauces that contain highly processed sugars or high fructose corn syrup and have been relying on our homemade syrups, as well as all natural brands.

This fall, we really wanted to focus in on homemade sauces and syrups for our fall flavors (a lot of pre-made pumpkin flavors contain a host of harmful chemicals). After a few months of playing around with recipes, we've wound up with two fall flavors that you are sure to enjoy as we welcome the cooler weather: Toasted Pecan & Homemade Pumpkin.

Our toasted pecan sauce is a blend of real pecans, toasted to perfection with cinnamon & brown sugar, and then blended expertly with brown & cane sugar for a creamy, flavorful latte.

Our pumpkin sauce is made from real pumpkin, combined with cane & brown sugar, as well as some sweetened condensed milk and spices. When paired with our Rogue espresso, it practically forces the cooler weather of the autumn season through the door.

These drinks debut on Monday, September 15th, and we are sure you will love them. 

Inside the World of Coffee: From Seed to Cup

By Chase Record

Coffee is a commodity know throughout the world. It either kickstarts an individual’s day or is the pinnacle of taste for the coffee lover. Regardless of the circumstance, coffee is a process that is intricate, time consuming, and laboriously driven.

Planting

PT's Coffee Roasting Co.

PT's Coffee Roasting Co.

The roasted coffee bean you see in a shop actually begins as a small seed inside a cherry. Planting of these seeds often takes place during the wet season and they are watered frequently to keep the roots moist and to allow the roots to become embedded deeply into the soil. It takes approximately three to four years for the plant to bear fruit that can be harvested and processed. When ripe, the coffee cherry will display a brilliant shade of red.

The Harvest

The harvest process is one full of labor-intensive days that involve mostly hand picking the beans. Exceptions are places like the flatlands of Brazil in which the land allows for mechanized harvesting to some degree. Most hand pickers are paid by the pound and average 100-200 pounds of cherries per day (roughly twenty to forty pounds of coffee beans). After harvesting, the coffee is transported to the processing plant where the coffee will usually be dried, sorted, and packaged.

The fresh coffee beans, known as “green coffee” because of its green appearance, are then shipped throughout the world to be roasted to perfection. Approximately fourteen billion pounds of green coffee is produced worldwide each year.

Roasting

Onyx Coffee Lab

Onyx Coffee Lab

Roasting turns the green coffee into the wonderful aromatic brown beans that are purchased in stores. Throughout the entire process of roasting, the roaster maintains a temperature of roughly 550°F until the beans reach an internal temperature of 400°F. At this point the coffee begins to turn brown and the oils inside the bean begin to loom. This process is called pyrolysis. After roasting, the coffee goes through the tasting process in which hours upon hours are spent cupping the coffees determining what flavors and characteristics each coffee carries, which can lead to different roasting profiles for coffees to achieve the best overall flavor.

The Cup

The roasted coffee is then bagged and distributed to stores and consumers. Many brewing methods including drip brewing, pour over, chemex, french press, and espresso to bring the hard work to fruition in the form of the beautiful black gold that is served in a cup. Coffee is something we can all share and it truly does bring people together. The delicious drink makes for one heck of a pass time and just proves that beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder.