A new independently owned coffee shop has opened just down the street from the Dallas Arboretum, from a family who knows good coffee.
Honduras Fresh Coffee opened in early February at 9219 Garland Rd., in front of the White Rock Apartment complex, with coffee and espresso drinks, panini, and pastries.
They're also a coffee roaster and sell their freshly roasted beans.
Honduras comes from the Guerra family and has a little edge in that they're from the Honduras, known for its excellent coffee beans, and have unique connections to the industry and to growers.
Kristen Guerra, who is managing the shop with her mother, says that when she and her three sisters came to the U.S. to attend college, they were disappointed by the quality of coffee they found.
"We saw that coffee wasn't being handled the same way it is in the Honduras," she says. "And my father is in the business and knew growers we could work with. We saw the opportunity to open a coffee shop where we could roast and grind fresh coffee with no preservatives or added flavors, and achieve the same quality we were accustomed to, growing up there."
They have all your basic espresso drinks, plus a small menu of eats including lunch and breakfast panini served all day, in options that include chicken with ranch, turkey with mozzarella and pineapple chipotle sauce, an Italian panini with pepperoni, salami, and provolone, and a BLT with mozzarella cheese.
They're also working with a bakery to provide pastries, muffins, cookies, cheesecake, and tiramisu, which they're rotating in and out to experiment.
"We're only open a couple of weeks so we're still figuring out what people like," she says. "But we knew having pastries was important. In our country, you always drink your coffee with a pastry or a snack, whether it's morning or evening."
While they will happily whip you up a latte or cappuccino, Guerra says she counsels customers to try their coffee first, and drink it black.
"When people come in and ask what's good, I tell them to try our house coffee," she says. "Just coffee, no flavors or milk, just try our real coffee, because we take it very seriously."