Antwerp’s newest cafe goes all Texas with coffee to die for
In addition to classic American breakfasts, Texas Coffee will treat you to a cup of joe you won’t find anywhere else
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Earlier this year, one of its owners, Alexander Provoost, grew tired of going to less-than-exciting brunch spots with his fiancé and co-owner, Cheeru Mampaey. “You’re looking at granola this, yogurt that, avocado this,” Provoost says. “At some point I really just wanted bacon and eggs.”
Texas Coffee has a menu to satisfy any appetite. It features classics like eggs and pancakes, and bacon comes standard with most meals. It also has some lesser-known specialties like the Fluffernutter, a peanut butter and marshmallow creme sandwich.
While the food is perfect for curing a hangover on a Sunday morning, it’s the coffee that makes this place truly unique.
The first big attraction is the coffee cone – a hot cup of coffee served in an ice cream cone lined with chocolate. The oxymoronic treat was created in the Netherlands and has a lifespan of about 20 minutes before the coffee starts to seep through the cone.
“We have the exclusive rights to it, so it’s something you won’t see anywhere else in Belgium,” Provoost says. “I know there will be others trying to copy us, but you can only find the original at our place.”
Death Wish has 728 milligrams of caffeine, which is why we sell it with a disclaimer
Texas Coffee also sells four speciality coffees, two of which have enough caffeine to – literally – kill you. The Biohazard has more than 900 milligrams of caffeine in a single cup; six cups will stop your heart. Its supplies are extremely limited. The first month is already sold out.
Death Wish, meanwhile, has 728 milligrams of caffeine. “We sell it with a disclaimer: one per customer, no pregnant women, no one with a heart condition, and no, we don’t sell it to children,” Provoost says.
The other two coffees are the €20-a-cup Kopi Luwak, brewed with coffee beans that have been eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet, and the Black Ivory. At €60 a cup, Black Ivory’s main selling point is its exclusivity – Texas Coffee only serves five cups a month. And yes, it too, is already sold out.
“We’re going to have to come up with a waiting list,” Provoost says. “Just like with the newest Chanel handbag, you’re going to have to wait for your Black Ivory.”
Volkstraat 63, Antwerp