Friday, July 01, 2005

Dunn Bros Coffee


coffee week day 5. sob. it was fun while it lasted

While they’re no Starbucks (and who is), Dunn Bros Coffee is another chain that sells espresso drinks. They’re smaller (about 50 branches), based in Minneapolis, and roast their beans onsite. They tout their Little Guy status ("we do not use a cookie cutter approach," they say), but hope to add another 30 stores in '05. They have outlets in KS, MO, SD, TN, WI, and Addison,TX w/ a store TK in Frisco and an eye on Dallas. (The company prez was quoted as saying that finding a good location has been the major obstacle to expansion in DFW, which he views as ripe since no chains other than you-know-who have opened here).

3725 Belt Line Rd., Addison 972-406-9711
coming soon: 3685 Preston Rd. #101, Frisco

39 Comments:

At July 01, 2005 10:52 AM, Anonymous mary worth said...

i was hoping today's post would be on green tea. i have heard that drinking it instead of coffee will help you lose weight and look younger.

 
At July 01, 2005 10:54 AM, Anonymous polar negri said...

aren't we the anxious one, mary. can't you even give tg a chance to post her item?

 
At July 01, 2005 10:59 AM, Anonymous d.b. cooper said...

since everyone else in JUMPING the gun, gotta tell everyone to find a deck of W Cards. if you haven't seen them, every card has a different pic of Dubya, most in drag.

also, see slate.com report that 42 percent of people believe dubya should be impeached if he misled us into war.

 
At July 01, 2005 11:14 AM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

surely you're not going to let coffee week elapse without at least one more *bux mention?

 
At July 01, 2005 11:29 AM, Anonymous red ennk said...

*bux -- that's clever, ms.ery, but also try *$$$

 
At July 01, 2005 11:40 AM, Anonymous Ted Geisel said...

i do not like green tea and ham

 
At July 01, 2005 11:42 AM, Anonymous bipolar negri said...

tg: are you beginning to feel a little less indespensable?

 
At July 01, 2005 12:00 PM, Anonymous paula the rock said...

at least she spells better than you bipolar

 
At July 01, 2005 12:01 PM, Blogger TG said...

7 posts and i hadn't even posted the item yet! how can i go wrong! and i'm glad i haven't disappointed ms. ery. i managed to mention starbucks TWICE! where would we be without them?! other than this johnny-come-lately dunn, NO OTHER CHAIN was willing to move down here into this vast coffee wasteland!

 
At July 01, 2005 12:26 PM, Blogger TG said...

mary, as for green tea, it all depends on what's new out there, doesn't it. NYCE likes NEW. i wish we got this japanese product i just bought on ebay: a green tea kit kat! just like a regular kit kat but coated w/ a weird (but good) green-tea-flavored white choc

 
At July 01, 2005 12:28 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

What was that new orleans chain that tried to make it in Dallas?

 
At July 01, 2005 12:28 PM, Anonymous cafe au lait said...

was that CC's?

 
At July 01, 2005 12:34 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Yeah, them. Are they still around?

 
At July 01, 2005 5:49 PM, Blogger david said...

i know the dunn bros. guys and the franchisee of the addison store (disclosure: i provided financing services for the addison store).

their coffee is good; better than bux in my estimation. they roast all the coffee in-store in a SWEET roaster (by the door in addison). at the addison store they have live music and free internet access, as well as the cool factor of being owned by a cool brit and his aussie wife.

check 'em out; dunn is a good change of pace from bux. last i heard, they were looking at the FW northern burbs, north dallas and austin for additional locations. i believe the frisco location might sport a drive-thru; i know the franchisee was exploring the option.

DPG

 
At July 01, 2005 6:04 PM, Blogger TG said...

david's well-informed contribution on dunn bros. will surely make ms.ery less ms.ery-able

 
At July 01, 2005 6:45 PM, Anonymous huey long said...

twisted, cafe au lait: re your reference to CC's. did you mean crescent city? they are not new orleans based, houston i think, but they have a few outlets here, in plano, fw and irving. they get lots of their stuff from n.o., including great bread and chicory-laced community coffee that they use in the cafe au lait that's a must accompaniment to beignets. the cafe au lait is not brewed and poured to order. you draw it with milk already combined from a huge serve-yourself-urn. but it's good enough it should have got a mention in coffee week. who else has chicory in their coffee?

 
At July 01, 2005 6:50 PM, Anonymous mary worth said...

how many green tea kit kats a day would you recommend for a reducing diet? i as you must have surmised from the very fact that i post on your blog also have access to the internet and ebay and could buy them there as well as you.

 
At July 01, 2005 7:00 PM, Anonymous ms. ery said...

well, tg, it is nice to hear from another nyce blogger who doesn't think sbux is the be-all and end-all in the coffee world, even if he does have a vested interest in the competition. i like the intenet access part, too, and certain segments would love the live music and the owners' backgrounds will surely attract the anglophiles of dallas (of whom there are many, especially in the park cities). however, am i less ms.erable? you'll see.

 
At July 01, 2005 7:02 PM, Anonymous sleepy, sneezy and doc said...

that little guy link was uncalled for.

 
At July 01, 2005 7:05 PM, Anonymous mary worth said...

i hope twisted saw the BODY PIERCING link. i myself would allow it only in places where it would never show. people looking for companions or house-sitters are very careful you know.

 
At July 01, 2005 7:07 PM, Anonymous jess truhart said...

am i the last person that prefers just plain black coffee?

 
At July 01, 2005 7:59 PM, Blogger david said...

i drink my coffee black most of the time, jess. certainly no fraps and latte's for this kid...

oh...and on crescent city. they just got bought by a franchisee, based in nashville. seems that the houston folk were running the poor little deal into the ground. nice people though; the bunch family always hosted me and bought me lunch at their location off san felipe in H-Town.

another disclosure: i used to do business with CCB and their new owners both; i have no current relationship with either)

the irving store is nice though, owned and operated by my pal shannon centilli. it seems to be a new design
compared to the plano and FW stores. they, too, have free wi-fi (and a great open-faced roast beef sandwich)...

 
At July 01, 2005 8:30 PM, Anonymous polar negri. said...

free wi-fi? what does that mean? in greenland, we didn't have such a thing

 
At July 01, 2005 8:51 PM, Anonymous charlotte ruse said...

before we leave coffee week, does anyone know if a study has ever been done on the pervasiveness of the caffeine habit? it may be as strong as anything twisted puts in that injector. i've been curious about this for a number of years, since a friend gave me a book on pioneer cooking and i was struck by the fact that as poor as they were -- and most of the pioneers were REALLY POOR -- one of the few items they bought at the store was coffee (sugar was another, natch). then on a trip to california, i bought a couple of books on the donner party at the san juan batiste mission, where some of the survivors landed, or are buried, i think. anyway one called something like "turn left at the second bridge" was really terrific, almost haunting. apropos of coffee week are the pages describing the pain, suffering and agonizing cold endured by the last people to walk out of the snowbound pass. one woman -- the lone woman, as i recall -- fantasized not about steak but about a cup of coffee!!

tg: as a former person who like you gave advice on where to go to others, the other haunting aspect of the book is emphasized by its title. the donner party followed the "turn left" advice of a guy who was doing a quick guide book on the routes west and never bothered to check them himself, certainly not in the snowy season. i know you DO check what you write, as well as any person can, but aren't there dangers in this profession of critic?

one last sick comment: i looked at amazon to see if the donner book was listed. after finding "the donner party cookbook" i gave it up.

 
At July 01, 2005 9:04 PM, Anonymous red ennk said...

someone refresh my memory. is david the guy who advises restaurants on where to start new units? or is he a new restaurant pro? anyway, tg, glad your blog is attracting such readers -- though they are not half as entertaining as our friend ms. worth, the negri sisters, twisted link, and of course, his mutt twisted dog.

 
At July 01, 2005 10:07 PM, Anonymous mary hartman mh said...

i'm in the dark on wi-fi, too. does it cause yellow, waxy buildup?

 
At July 01, 2005 10:58 PM, Blogger TG said...

polar, wi-fi = wireless fidelity. if your computer is outfitted for wireless connection, you can access the internet at these places, usually for free. (it's available at EVERY STARBUCKS which is, i suspect, what inspires all these other coffee places to offer it too.)

i believe david is a high-flying financier type; but you can find out more if you click on his name, which connects to HIS blog

 
At July 01, 2005 11:04 PM, Blogger TG said...

mary worth, take a guess as to which major coffee chain WILL allow body piercings in its employees - but NO BLUE HAIR! no "unusual" color of any kind. but who's to say that blond isn't just as unusual as blue?

 
At July 02, 2005 7:53 AM, Anonymous mary worth said...

tg: are you trying to tell me i couldn't be a barista? you must have me confused with some other blue-haired woman. i haven't used a blue rinse since the '80s, but now let my hair's natural jean harlow platinum blond color shine through.

 
At July 02, 2005 7:59 AM, Anonymous red ennk said...

where's donald trump? he should meet this david guy who despite being a "high-flying financier" brags about getting free lunches from chain sandwich shops. ain't he as classy as mr. trump!!

 
At July 02, 2005 9:22 AM, Anonymous charlotte ruse said...

ms. worth: why do think every comment is about you? I believe tg was referring, sadly, to herself when she lamented the fact that her favorite coffee place won't hire people with blue hair. i wonder if dunn bros. will? if not, just what businesses will? lets all put our heads together and give tg a list of possible employers.

 
At July 02, 2005 10:46 AM, Anonymous bipolar negri said...

tg: have you considered dyeing your hair green with black streaks. they'd HAVE to hire you then, wouldn't they?

 
At July 02, 2005 11:39 AM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

you might also grow a tail. tell me, tg, why does starbucks use a mermaid on its logo? what exactly about that draws you to expect good coffee?

 
At July 02, 2005 12:23 PM, Blogger david said...

i used to work for a company that financed restaurants (among other businesses) called Growth Capital Solutions (www.growthcapitalsolutions.com). There, I managed relationships with 20-30 franchise companies like Dunn Bros. and Crescent City to obtain financing for their franchisees.

I now work for Captain D's LLC, owner of a 600 unit seafood chain based in Nashville, TN. I'm a development guy. I sell franchises, manage site selection/approval and assist our franchisees with finding financing for their new stores.

DPG

 
At July 02, 2005 12:25 PM, Blogger david said...

TG - By the way, I am in the process of updating my site. I'll be separating it into a couple of blogs, one focused on the restaurant business nationally and around Dallas. A second will be personal stuff, and the third will be (I think) Dallas politics.

Look for a Aug 1 launch.

THanks!

DPG

 
At July 02, 2005 4:07 PM, Anonymous donna trump said...

what does this have to do with dunn bros? this guy david is worse than donald trump. you ought to start charging for this shameless self-promotion masquerading as "comments".

 
At July 03, 2005 3:17 AM, Blogger david said...

wow donna. someone asked what i did, so i told them. tg told people to go look at my site, so i told her what was going on with it.

and since you don't seem to have much to add to the conversation, i'm going to sleep. 'night all.

 
At October 31, 2005 6:39 AM, Anonymous bux said...

Wow what a cool blog you have here! I am impressed. You really put a lot of time and effort into this. I wish I had your creative writing skills, progressive talent and self discipline to produce a blog like you did. Your blog really does deserve an honest compliment. If you have some time, stop by my site, it deals with stuff like, click here: bux and then feel free to e-mail me with your words of wisdom.

P.S. I'll sure put the word out about your site and I would appreciate any business you may send my way...

Later, Scott ;-)

 
At October 31, 2005 3:33 PM, Anonymous bux said...

Wow what a cool blog you have here! I am impressed. You really put a lot of time and effort into this. I wish I had your creative writing skills, progressive talent and self discipline to produce a blog like you did. Your blog really does deserve an honest compliment. If you have some time, stop by my site, it deals with stuff like, click here: bux and then feel free to e-mail me with your words of wisdom.

P.S. I'll sure put the word out about your site and I would appreciate any business you may send my way...

Later, Scott ;-)

 

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