New Coffee Shop Mudsmith Is a Welcome Addition to The Lower Greenville Scene.
The fresh aroma of gourmet coffee pirouettes through the air and warms the body creeping into the nostrils. Sprawled along the walls, there's science memorabilia, taxidermy pictures and steers.
“It's very rock 'n' roll here,” says Jesse Carrasco, one of the managers.
Rock 'n' roll, indeed: The music is playing through a record player, and a gently used Rolling Stones compilation album, Hot Rocks, leans against a wall.
This is Mudsmith, the pretty sweet new coffee shop that opened up on Lower Greenville earlier this week. The place is owned, in part, by Brooke Humphries, the mastermind behind some of Dallas' hottest spots, including Acme F&B, Beauty Bar, Barcadia and It'll Do. So, yeah, maybe the rock 'n' roll thing makes sense.
But the folks at Mudsmith take their coffee-making seriously. There is no automatic drip here; everything is French press.
“We also have a slow bar with V60, [and a] Chemex, which is a slow process Turkish coffee kind of thing,” Carrasco explains.
These processes are no joke; to use these methods, you need a special coffee grind and a watchful eye so as to keep track of the pouring temperature and time.
“It's the best way to drink coffee, I think,” Carrasco says.
But there's more than just coffee within Mudsmith's dark walls and reclaimed wood-based furniture. There's beer, too, all on tap, and the selection includes local brews such as Franconia Lager and Revolver's Mother's Little Fracker. A neat selection of wine is also available for the vino heads: Darcie Kent Pinot Noir, Silver Tap Sauvingnon Blanc or Coppola Chardonnay. Pastries are made fresh every morning for breakfast, too. Sandwiches are made fresh, as well. All of the food is supplied by Acme F&B, which makes sense.
One of the coolest things about the place, though, is that the three unisex restrooms are designed by local artists SOUR GRAPES, Jackie Dunn Smith and Carrasco himself. Each is unique, and each is welcoming.
So, too, is Mudsmith as a whole.
Rock 'n' roll or not, it's a nice addition to the local coffee house scene, for sure — especially along Lower Greenville, which has been without a solid coffee house to call its own for years now.