Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits is one of the many cafes in Waco. Located on Austin Avenue, this cafe is a mix of modern and vintage. Photo of Katelyn Patterson | Journalist

By Katelyn Patterson | Journalist

Coffee & Spirits Dichotomy is one of the many cafes in Waco. Located on Austin Avenue, this cafe is a mix of modern and vintage.

Dichotomy is open everyday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. menu is similar to other cafes, with the addition of special seasonal drinks – like spiced maple cappuccino and punk steam. The bar opens daily at 5:00 p.m. and offers happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. craft cocktails and a seasonal menu for the bar as well. They also offer a variety of hot teas, pastries, and merchandise.

Dichotomy coffee is unique compared to other Waco coffees. It’s just acidic and bitter enough to get all the flavor without being too strong. He gets his coffee from Apex roasters, a specialty artisanal coffee roast created in 2014 in Waco.

I ordered a hot caramel latte, a lavender oat milk latte and the 1885. The caramel latte tastes exactly like its bran. Just when the drink is about to be too sweet, the bitterness of the espresso kicks in, creating the perfect flavor. It’s very sweet for a latte as rich as it is. I would give it a 5/5. This drink is one of my new favorite drinks in Waco.

The oat milk and lavender latte was the one I was most excited to try. Lavender syrup has been hard to find in the cafes I frequent, and I’ve heard many people praise it. The lavender flavor was strong – almost overwhelming – but the taste of coffee and oat milk somehow dilutes it. I think next time I would try this frozen drink instead of hot. I would give it a 4/5. Overall it was nice and something different from the same drinks I have at other places.

The 1885 is the most interesting drink I have ordered. It’s a Dr Pepper with espresso on ice. I admit that I hesitated a little to order it. Now I think I’m a fan. The first sips were surprising. The coffee hits you first and then you end up with the slight aftertaste of Dr Pepper. Then the two start to blend together and the sweetness of Dr Pepper pairs well with the acidity of the espresso. I would give it a 4/5. Now that I have had the little shock of drinking it initially, I can say that it is definitely something I would order again.

The atmosphere of Dichotomy is very calming. The high ceilings, open seating area, and dim lighting make this one of my favorite study places. Dichotomy pays homage to the past of the renovated storefront with exposed brick walls and hexagonal floor tiles like those in the original boutique.

“A commitment to supporting local products, artists and artisans is evident even in Dichotomy furniture,” its website said. “The pink marble that once adorned the central library in the city center forms the outdoor table tops. The indoor tables were created by a local woodworker, and the walls feature artwork from local artists and designers.

If you’re looking for a new place to study, a hangout, or just want to explore all the coffee Waco has to offer, Dichotomy is a must visit.