VAQUERO COFFEE CO.
When you work remotely, finding a quality coffee shop puts you on cloud nine. Sure, there’s a Starbucks around every corner — But there’s nothing like a local joint where the baristas know your name, and your order.
I may not have been a regular at Vaquero, but when I walked in on Thursday morning, I felt like one. I shuffled my way to the back of the morning-rush line and took a look around the space. I love historic buildings, so it made my heart happy to see that this newer Fort Worth coffee shop had kept the interior’s older charm. My mind started to wander, curious who might’ve stepped foot on this tile floor or glanced up at the intricate ceiling, years before me.
How many Fort Worthians have made memories in this space that Vaquero Coffee now calls home?
“Just a drip coffee please, a little room for cream.”
As I made my way around the corner with a full cup, I smiled to myself and did my usual cream-and-sugar routine. Thankful to have found coffee, wi-fi, and a cozy place to work, I settled in to a chair by the window. I definitely should have pulled out my laptop to start on my daily tasks, but I took a moment to watch the downtown sidewalk hustle and bustle, listening to snippets of conversation from people in line, enjoying the sound of jazz over the sound system when they quieted.
I flipped through my magazine, sipped my coffee and listened in on baristas as they chatted with their customers, sharing suggestions with those ‘just stopping by’. I even noticed a few waves exchanged in the window as people who were heading to work in Sundance Square walked by outside. Vaquero Coffee Co. was obviously the local downtown spot for a cup of joe before work.
By the time the morning rush had calmed down (and I had pulled out my laptop), I was one of the few in the small coffee shop, getting work started for the day. It was an easy morning, coffee-fueled and filled with friendly conversation. Although I’d explored Fort Worth before and had a place in mind for lunch, I decided to get a suggestion from the Vaquero crew before I left the shop. Their kind conversations with customers had me convinced that they’d lead me to a new hidden gem — After all, these guys weren’t just Fort Worth baristas who knew their coffee. They knew their community, too.
Featured Image Courtesy: Mary Murphy