Where there was previously a dearth of coffee, there is now a plethora of coffee. "There" being downtown Dallas, as a new coffee spot whimsically titled Stupid Good Coffee has opened in a cat-bird perch on the sky bridge at the 1910 Pacific building.
Stupid Good comes from Daniel Harmon, who opened the shop last week with the help of his brother Corey. Daniel is a colorful figure whose background includes stints as a combat handgun instructor, law enforcement teacher and sky-diving instructor.
"If I enjoy something, I jump in with both feet," he says. Coffee is his latest venture.
"I grew up hating coffee because all I had was Folger's at my mom's house," he says. "But I went up to Seattle for a while, and I met a girl who took me through the process of how coffee is made."
"They've got a great espresso blend that's as good as anything out there," Harmon says. "And then we'll rotate in two to three single-origin coffees every month. I want to educate people about great coffee."
Stupid Good Coffee does espresso drinks, brewed coffee and other beverages. "We're getting the most ridiculous fruit smoothies produced by Sweetbird, with none of that GMO or corn syrups, and we've got the most rekonkulous root beers," he says.
The coffee shop is open weekdays from 5:30 am to 5:30 pm. It joins the Starbucks at 1700 Pacific, which stays open on weekends, and Pearl Cup, which is opening a branch in the Arts District. Nabbing the sky-bridge perch was a lucky stroke.
"My wife is an attorney whose office is at 1700 Pacific, so she treks through there to get to the parking garage," he says. "I'd been looking for a year for the perfect location."
He and his brother refurbished the space, with broad planks of stained, lacquered wood and the judicious use of burlap coffee bags as a decorative touch. As for the name: "It's just a thing I've had where you say, 'That's not just good; it’s stupid good.'"