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Saturday Stroll feat. Black & Bitter Coffee and Books

Over the Summer I heard about a coffee shop in Duncanville that had just opened. While driving home one day I was near that area and decided to stop in. Generally, coffee shops in the metroplex tend to be near Greenville or Uptown in Dallas, Bishop Arts, or in Fort Worth, however, this one was in Duncanville. After hearing some of the buzz, I thought I would check it out.

When visiting, I could feel that this shop was soon going to be a large part of the community. I got to the shop early in the morning and there were already a few people with drinks at that point with a lady setting up a book event for later that morning. From my initial visit that one summer day and meeting the owner Bryan Kaeser, I knew this place was special.

The Ambiance

The interior of Black and Bitter is similar to that of an east coast coffee shop.  It is concise in size but utilizes every inch of the shop.  As you walk in and you are right at the counter. There were music videos playing in the background, by projector, while along the main wall is a variety collection of featured books.

What the inside lacks in size, the outdoor patio makes up for with plenty of seating options tucked away in between the buildings and flower display. It is a perfect place to have a coffee and enjoy great weather.

The Drinks

Serving Counter Culture Coffee, there is a great menu to choose from filled with unique choices. I tried the “Caramel Old Fashioned” drink which consisted of bourbon caramel, espresso, with an orange peel on top. When I went there, it was a warm day outside, so this was a cool treat to have.

There are many choices at Black and Bitter and they do a great job featuring many seasonal items to keep the menu fresh, in addition to their main staples.

The Intangibles

One thing that I love seeing from the shop’s social media, as well as something I noticed when I was there, was the continuous event calendar. A coffee shop is more than just a place to get coffee, it’s a part of the community. Bryan Kaeser understands that coffee shops serve a bigger purpose that just filling your caffeination needs.

If you are ever near Duncanville, do not hesitate to go to Black and Bitter Coffee and Books. You will not only have great coffee and pastries, but will have a relaxing time.

Also, if you would like to find more out about the owner Bryan Kaeser, here is a Dallas Morning News article featuring him recently.

Check out my last Saturday Stroll at Boomtown Coffee in Houston, Texas.

Thank you for reading,

-Todd

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