A new coffee spot has come to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, or more specifically Richardson: Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, a Michigan-based concept, has opened a location in the Shire complex at 3613 Shire Blvd., Ste. 110, in what was most recently a Tex-Mex restaurant called Casa Cha Cha, which actually survived in that space for a while, since 2011.
The café opened in July with a globally-inspired menu featuring premium coffees, teas, pastries, sandwiches, and salads.
The menu is not your run of the mill coffee shop. There are espresso drinks but also four signature coffee drinks that include a French Vietnamese Au Lait, a combination of dark roasted French chicory coffee and sweetened condensed milk.
There's a large selection of teas, both brewed and bottled, in black, green, and herbal varieties. Many teas. There's Italian soda, lemonade, and ginger ale made in-house.
There are frozen drinks including Frappuccino-style frozen coffee drinks and also frozen lemonade.
Sweet selections vary by store but can include chocolate berries, Ghirardelli chocolates, caramel marshmallows, chocolate toffee almonds, carrot cake, "OMG" chocolate cake — probably very chocolatey, whaddya think — cheesecake, and tiramisu.
Other options can include yogurt parfait, quiche, sandwiches, and salads.
Franchisee owner is Janella Stewart, who says that the cafe will not only serve great food but also host community events and partner with local nonprofits.
"What makes Sweetwaters special is not only the focus on natural ingredients but on strong community involvement as well," she says in a release.
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea was founded in 1993 by husband-and-wife Wei and Lisa Bee in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a college town. They're now big on expansion, with more than 100 planned locations across the country. There are five DFW locations total, spread across the northern suburbs, including Allen, McKinney, Little Elm, and Denton.