At Haute Sweets Patisserie, Drip Coffee And Sweets Go Hand In Hand.
Welcome to Unfiltered, our weekly feature that explores the Dallas coffee scene — and how it often manages to thrive in the most unusual places. Given that we live in a time when Starbucks locations are about as prevalent as the golden McDonald's arches, when new coffee shops seem to open every other week and when almost everyone uses a ChemEx to brew their coffee, we're here to show you some alternatives — for when your coffee shop routine becomes monotonous or when you're just looking for something different in your caffeine endeavors.
Haute Sweets Patisserie.
10230 East Northwest Highway.
Throughout the run of this coffee-centric column, we've often explored how certain Dallas neighborhoods have their own distinct coffee personalities.
To the east, in Lake Highlands and East Dallas, drip coffee rules thanks to the on-the-go atmosphere of the family-friendly area. Roasters like Cultivar, Noble Coyote and Novel have been able to find success in the neighborhood because of this, churning out pound after pound of beans to be dispersed throughout the rest of the Metroplex.
Over at Haute Sweets Patisserie, this area's drip culture is represented through the familiar Noble Coyote to-go cups served alongside the vast array of pastries that damn near glow through the glass case. But the coffee isn't just limited to the grab-and-go experience so prevalent in this area, as owners and veteran food competitors Tida Pichakron and Gianni Santin use coffee as an ingredient in many of their pastries.
Coffee can be found in items like tiramisu opera cakes and macarons, adding a touch of bitter yet complex flavors to the decadent desserts. In the macaron, the taste of coffee is bold, while still yielding to the light flavors of the almond flour for a well-rounded taste.
If you yearn for a taste of New Orleans, Haute Sweets hosts a coffee and beignets day on select Saturdays once a month, where loyal patrons line up outside of the shop before opening, often causing the store to sell out of its goods within the first hour. And rightly so: The soft, sweet powdered bits of fried dough act as the perfect complement to a cup of hot coffee on a cold day.
Those still looking for a cold drink can also opt for the cold brew to pair with one of the picturesque sweets.
Haute Sweets stays true to the area's drip obsession by incorporating it with the lost element of high-quality pastries. In a place where people are inclined to get their caffeine through the most convenient means, finding the taste of locally roasted coffee in a pastry is a welcome change of pace, indeed.