Coffee With a Cause
Nov 05, 2015 04:58PM
● By Dia
Step into RE:defined Coffee House, and it’s just the kind of cozy, eclectic spot you’d expect to find on Main Street in Grapevine. The space exudes a modern yet homey feel with unique furnishings and interesting textures, from opulent velvet curtains to rustic walls of wood and brick.
This is the kind of place that beckons you to grab a latte, get comfy and stay awhile. So, we did. And while we were there, we got to know Katie Coleman, the owner of this ever-so- inviting coffee shop that, according to its website, aims to be “not just a coffee house, but a home.”
Coleman and her husband opened the shop nearly two years ago. “The vision was to create a space where covenant friendships and family could be birthed organically through people’s love for coffee,” she says.
If you want to grab a cup of joe and be on your way, you can certainly do that, but Coleman aims to create an environment in which guests linger – and maybe learn about the drink they’re sipping.
“We encourage people to ask us about our coffee,” says Coleman. “It brings us such joy to watch a guest’s palate expand over time and to appreciate the pride we take in each and every cup of coffee.”
Nearly everything at RE:defined, from the French Press house coffee to the simple syrups, is made by hand. Even the chocolate used in mochas and hot chocolate is melted in-house by baristas. “Everything is made with a personal touch,” she says.
The shop partners with award-winning Avoca Coffee Roasters in Ft. Worth, which roasts each bean for a specific purpose. We love a great cup of coffee, but we tried the Chai Latte on our visit. If ever there was an ideal drink for fall, this is it. It was spicy and aromatic with Bhakti Chai and steamed milk, topped off with a foamy, artful swirl.
RE:defined is more than hand-crafted beverages, though; the coffee shop has a philanthropic side. It supports Unlikely Heroes, a nonprofit organization that provides safe homes and restoration to child victims of sex slavery worldwide.
The shop hosts fundraisers ranging from in-store concerts to gala events benefitting Unlikely Heroes, which is set to open its first restoration home in the United States. “Love is the Key,” RE:defined’s fall fundraiser, is November 12 at Southlake’s Paradise Cove.
“We’re not just a business, but a community of people who are dedicated to fighting and ending human trafficking,” Coleman says.
With its warm and welcoming atmosphere, handmade beverages, and its commitment to giving back, RE:defined is the kind of spot where you can grab a cup and a seat, and feel good about it.