National Coffee Day in Plano

Coffee del Rey's Kimberly Marcaccini // photo Kathy Tran
Coffee del Rey's Kimberly Marcaccini // photo Kathy Tran

National Coffee Day is Sept. 29, and we’re celebrating by sharing our favorite coffee spots in Plano. As the weather finally begins to cool off and patios become even more appealing, we want you to be informed as you pick the perfect spot to enjoy an autumn afternoon with a fresh cup of coffee.

courtesy 1418 Coffeehouse
courtesy 1418 Coffeehouse

1418 Coffeehouse
Made with beans roasted at Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters just down the road in Dallas, the coffee at 1418 Coffeehouse tastes bold and fresh. Located in Downtown Plano and locally owned by David and LeeAnne Bryant, the shop offers drip coffee, espresso, lattes and specialty drinks like the Purple Haze – a café latte with lavender and vanilla. Cortados, macchiatos, cappuccinos, teas and smoothies are also offered, as well as tacos from Tacodeli, pastries, sandwiches, Emporium pie slices and other snacks. The coffee shop has a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, with limited patio seating as well. 1418 also offers a mobile espresso catering service.

Coffee del Rey
This coffee roaster and shop owned by Kimberly Marcaccini has been around for eight years, and continues to serve Plano delicious coffee. Through a partnership with the North Texas Food Bank, a portion of its profits go right back to the community. The team there has a long-standing relationship with Spirit Mountain Ecological Reserve & Coffee Plantation in the Dominican Republican. Through that, Coffee del Rey has supported scholarships for children to attend the Doulos Discovery School there. Stop by the central Plano shop to enjoy one of the beverages – house-brewed coffee and lattes are on the menu – or grab some beans to brew at home. Every Tuesday Coffee del Rey offers a free cup of black coffee with the purchase of a one-pound bag of beans.

Friend and Foe Board Game Café
At this central Plano café, you can eat delicious food, drink great coffee (or wine and beer in the evening) and play one of over 500 available board games. If you’d like to stop by on National Coffee Day, you can pick from Friend and Foe’s Americano, latte, cappuccino, cortado, mocha, affogato, French press and pour over – all brewed by Enduro Coffee Roasters beans from Fort Worth. Buy a bottomless house drip for $3.50 and receive endless refills during your visit. Fans love their sandwiches, which include the Reuben, BLT, Cuban and grilled cheese, among others. The three owners, Ashley Davis, Brad Davis, and Corey Goodwin, opened the café in 2019 because of their love for board games and the community built around them.

Green Vine Market
You wouldn’t expect to find a great cup of coffee inside a grocery store, but the brand new, locally owned Green Vine Market in Downtown Plano has a dedicated coffee bar. The store sources its beans from Coffee del Rey in Plano, guaranteeing a delicious cup every time. You can choose from drip coffee, iced coffee, nitro brew, a variety of espresso drinks, as well as teas and hot chocolate. The market is currently offering a cardamom latte, a coffee drink you won’t find many places.

Mudleaf // photo Emilee Prado
Mudleaf Coffee // photo Emilee Prado

Mudleaf Coffee
Mudleaf Coffee is a great spot to sit with a friend as the central Plano location is bright and open. “The Mudroom” is a space within the coffee shop that you be booked for business meetings, study groups or casual gatherings. Currently on Mudleaf’s menu are some seasonal specials including the Witches Brew Latte – espresso, housemade pumpkin spice syrup and milk – and the Maple Pecan Latte – espresso, maple pecan syrup and milk. On top of its specialty drinks, the coffee shop offers all the typical coffee fare. If you’re hungry, you can enjoy kolaches, parfaits, sandwiches, toast and cookies there. Mudleaf sources its beans from Cultivar Coffee in Dallas.

Starbucks Reserve
Yes, we know that Starbucks is a huge chain, not locally owned. But Starbucks Reserve shops were designed with the intent to brew high-quality coffee beans in an upscale environment, so if you’re a Starbucks fan you’ve got to check out the Legacy West location at least once. Enjoy a cold brew, affogato, latte, cappuccino and more on its spacious, shaded patio. On National Coffee Day, any Starbucks Rewards member who orders a handcrafted beverage (grande or larger) at any Starbucks location using the order ahead feature in the mobile app will get a free drink loaded to their account.

Sweet Hut
This bakery has several locations around the country, and it’s expanded so far for a reason: the treats and drinks are delicious. While you’re enjoying one of Sweet Hut’s sweet buns, savory buns, toasts, cookies or donuts, enjoy a cup of house-blended coffee, cappuccino, caramel macchiato or a Vietnamese coffee. You can also choose from a vast array of flavored lattes including vanilla, caramel, hazelnut, peppermint, chai, matcha, mocha, sea salt coffee and white chocolate.

XO Coffee and Bistro // photo Jennifer Shertzer
XO Coffee and Bistro // photo Jennifer Shertzer

XO Coffee and Bistro
This spot in Downtown Plano makes all its flavoring syrups in house, and always has delicious breakfast and lunch specials on top of a daily menu that includes omelets, burritos, salads, soups, sandwiches, pasta, among other dishes. In honor of National Coffee Day, XO Coffee and Bistro is offering a special discount Sept. 29 only – a latte and muffin for $6. Its beans come from Novel Coffee Roasters, and the drink menu includes the usual coffee fare as well as a matcha latte, London fog, chai latte, handcrafted lavender cloud soda and the XO berry smoothie. The hearts-and-love-themed dining room is open with social distancing rules enforced so you can enjoy your coffee at one of the interior tables or take it outside to one of the sidewalk patio tables.

WOW! Donuts and Drips
Though WOW! may be known throughout Plano for its donuts, the gorgeous shop also has a full coffee bar. Enjoy a classic cup of coffee or one of the many latte, cappuccino, or mocha offerings alongside an “ooh-la-la,” the shop’s version of a croissant-donut hyrbid. The team at WOW! is passionate about delivering donuts of the highest quality ingredients, and the same applies to their coffee drinks. In honor of National Coffee Day, they’ll be offering half-priced coffee and drinks from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 29. Healthcare Heroes can get a coffee or other drink for free all day!

Wondering where some of your favorite coffee shops are? We didn’t include any Plano places that are still temporarily closed, like 151 Coffee, Ascension Annex, Cafe Bohemia or Pearl Cup Sip. Hopefully we’ll be seeing them reopen soon.

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