The idea to inform customers about the origin of coffee and tea and the process to make these drinks sparked the creation of a new cafe in Frisco.
Four friends opened Karmic Grounds on Feb. 1 on the ground floor of urban living complex Echelon at the Summit. The coffee shop includes espresso drinks, loose leaf teas, beers, wines and food.
Co-owner Ameet Mediratta said he would invite the other owners to his home for coffee from his espresso bar. While drinking coffee, the four discussed a concept missing from the industry, which is a place where people could not just order a drink but also learn about the drink.
“We just didn’t want to put up four walls and a coffee machine and call it a coffee shop,” Mediratta said.
The counter to order a drink does not have large, bulky coffee machines. The owners specifically bought smaller, more expensive equipment so customers could have more interaction with the baristas and see how the drink is made, Mediratta said.
To continue the education experience, the owners plan to soon roll out custom coasters with facts about the specific drink a customer orders, he said.
The cafe’s food menu includes fusion dishes. For instance, the Andaman Pizza is a flatbread with chicken, goat cheese and spicy green curry sauce. Several dishes also use paneer, an Indian cheese.
All of the food is sourced from local farmers in and around the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Mediratta said. The beers are also from local breweries.
“Whether it’s the beer, wine, tea, coffee, food, we wanted the best experience in everything we have,” co-owner Aneesh Khetarpal said.
The owners have plans over the next few years to open more Karmic Grounds locations, including a spot at Frisco Fresh Market, a farmers market near downtown Frisco.
Though each location might have different features and menu items, the concept will remain the same, Mediratta said.
“We’re trying to educate people about all the wonderful things that you consume from different countries,” he said.
3033 Ohio Drive, Ste. 1000, Frisco
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. 6 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.