When my father informed me that Waco had a better Third Wave Coffee shop than most in Dallas, my jaw dropped. Considering I am originally from Waco, I wouldn't call my surprise due to prejudice or superiority to a smaller Texas town. It simply took me by surprise that anyone in Waco would care enough about a progressive coffee movement. I mean, every time I have visited Waco the only changing buildings are those on the Baylor campus. Dichotomy sure proved me wrong that Waco can't change. Now located in a large and spacious space downtown Waco, Dichotomy was opened by Brett Jameson and only has three employees. I first went to their original location in an art gallery nearby, but the new space is everything different and more, with the same original dedication to quality coffee and spirits. Dichotomy carries a total of 11 different coffee brands (say what?!), one of which happened to be the first batch from a company out of Texas called Tweed. Some of the others are Handsome Coffee, MadCap, PT's Coffee, Ritual, Counter Culture, among others. Although this can seem a bit overwhelming, they only really keep about three at a time based on the best roast date. When I first visited (July 10) they had the brand new Tweed coffee. Both espressos that I had from the Tweed Yirgacheffe were quite good-- not at all acidic as I was expecting with more fruit flavors, but instead it opened up slowly on my palette as sweet and round. Overall, this place is so amazing to be in the middle of Waco. Great job, Dichotomy.
Recommend: Check out the rooftop! Talk with Brett who works there! He has great coffee stories- such as when he worked at Starbucks, had his own siphon, brought in better coffee and made the better coffee for coffee fans.
Note: The hours for this place are pretty crazy long, open til 12am at the earliest everyday of the week and 2am on weekends.