The Fix: Authentic Yemeni Coffee Experience at Haraz

Haraz is a Yemeni coffee shop with locations across the country, including one in Plano off 14th Street, just a 15-minute drive from campus. Along with its variety of classic cafe items, its menu boasts traditional Yemeni drinks and a warm and elegant ambiance for early birds and night owls alike.

Open from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. every day, Haraz is convenient for both early risers and those who crave a late-night coffee or tea fix. For individual drinks, Haraz offers specialty blends and spiced coffees galore, including 12-ounce and 16-ounce options priced at $4.50 and $5 respectively. There are also large pots of coffee and tea from $17 to $20 for 4-6 people. From a plain latte to the aromatic Sana’ani coffee, each sip has a rich flavor profile.

Haraz remains open longer than most DFW coffee shops, and its ambiance is drastically different in the morning and night. With tiled, colorful walls, lantern lights strung from above and intricate geometric patterns along every corner, you will feel immersed the moment you step inside. The shop itself is set on a block corner, and the large glass walls bring in warm sunlight during the day. At night, the overhead lights and lanterns brighten to illuminate the café from inside, and chatter heightens over steaming pots of tea. On rainy days, you can bask in the cozy vibes while watching droplets stream down the wide windows.

Iced or hot, the classic Harazi coffee with Mafowar cardamom and cream is a refreshing yet spiced drink perfect for any time of year. For tea lovers, the red tea is a must, flavored with cardamom and sweetened to your liking. Additionally, the menu extends beyond individual beverages, providing an opportunity for communal enjoyment with large pots of coffee and tea for groups.

The shop has also become a favorite for its espresso bar, where expertly crafted drinks satisfy even the most discerning coffee drinkers. The pistachio latte and saffron latte fuse traditional Yemeni flavors with modern coffee trends, each with a distinct flavor profile that tastes authentic rather than syrupy. It is pricier to order away from the traditional menu, with espresso bar drinks ranging from $4.50 to $5.50, but the quality justifies the price. For those seeking dairy-free options, alternative creamers are available for an extra $1 charge.

Haraz offers a variety of pastries and desserts as well — my favorite was the smooth mosaic cake, consisting of biscuit pieces set in velvety chocolate slices. The $7 mosaic cake is available in flavors including plain chocolate, raspberry and pistachio. I also enjoyed the Bee Bites slice, bread filled with cream cheese and made sweet with your choice of honey or syrup drizzle. Priced at $6, it is well-portioned and filling.

Overall, Haraz is a standout shop that offers a unique twist on the classic DFW coffee experience. With its commitment to authenticity, welcoming ambiance, and its coffee paired with a dreamy array of pastries and desserts, it ensures that every visit is a sensory delight. With its long hours and cozy atmosphere, it’s a must-try for anyone in the DFW area.

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