A The new cafe is creating a buzz in the Northside neighborhood of Fort Worth. The Casa Azul cafe is located in a bungalow tucked away in a neighborhood at 300 W. Central Avenue. Owners Joseph and Annette Landeros updated and reconfigured the space at Sammy’s restaurant, a long-standing landmark, and painted it blue, hence the cafe’s name.
It adds another local cafe (no chain) to the Northside, joining Railcar Coffee along Exchange and Avoca Coffee, the newer store, in Mule Alley. Corn Casa Azul is all about the traditional Mexican and Latin American contributions to coffee culture.
“About 70 percent of the world’s coffee beans are grown in Latin America,” says Joseph Landeros PaperCity Fort Worth on a visit to the New Coffee Heaven. âWe are capitalizing on this culture.
The menu is unique to Fort Worth, and Casa Azul’s specialty drinks take on a true Latin twist. The house drink is CafÃ© de Olla. It’s a nostalgic blend of cinnamon filter coffee, sweetened to taste with cane sugar syrup. Cane Sugar Syrup is made from Mexican brown sugar cones called piloncillo for unmatched flavor.
You can also get favorites like the Americano, classic cappuccino, or cortado with Mexican pastry. The front enclosure of Casa Azul is filled with goodies from the surrounding area Esparanza bakery. The sugar-crusted and colorful concha is always a favorite sweet bread. There’s also a collection of sweet and savory empanadas and crispy sugar cookies to dip and snack on with your coffee.
Landeros plans to add fresh tacos to breakfast in the morning soon.
Other Latin-inspired coffee drinks include a sweet and spicy rice water horchata latte, the tres leches latte made with the same three milks as the cake version, the Mazapan latte which incorporates Mexican candy to the Peanuts and Mexican Mocha – a Latinized twist made with Mexican chocolate and extra cinnamon.
The rebated interior is charming and the many rooms of the open and airy bungalow allow for many seating configurations. There is also a covered patio with enough space to stretch out, set up a laptop and enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee. Inside you will find tables and sofas scattered around. The ceiling is covered in warm wood with incandescent scones, playful chandeliers, and artwork.
Joseph Landeros still remembers his first experience with the cultivation of coffee. âGoing to work with my dad (who was a blue collar) as a store clerk and watch all the workers on their coffee breaks,â he recalls.
This new Fort Worth cafe has so far been well received by neighbors, with the news spreading mostly through word of mouth and social media. Landeros envisions Casa Azul as a community space. Fort Worth’s new cafe celebrated its official opening last Friday.
âNothing brings me more joy than watching people share coffee,â Landeros says.
On your way to The Stockyards down North Main or Northside Drive, it might be worth a little detour to discover Casa Azul and enjoy a coffee with a Latin twist.