It all started with two firefighters living and loving in Denton, TX, Matt and Clay. Matt had been assisting an organization focused on humanitarian efforts in Haiti. Clay was owner of Bookish Coffee, already investing in the local coffee scene. He was also serving Denton alongside his brothers through their organization, “I Heart Denton”. Seeking a way to make his efforts in Haiti sustainable, Matt began to look to coffee as his vehicle. He was no doubt influenced by Clay’s work with Bookish Coffee. Having a passion for their city and a desire to bring aid to those in need, Matt and Clay began developing plans for a coffee shop. What they built was our beloved West Oak Coffee. It was the first chapter of what would later be known as Voltage Coffee Project, an organization that now bridges the gap between local and global communities.
West Oak Coffee Bar is named for the street on which it was built. They didn’t want their name or brand on the concept. They wanted to give Denton something that belongs to Denton. And if you’ve ever visited our little spot on the Square, then you know that it’s unmistakably Denton, a fun and quirky part of Texas where the fit-ins and the misfits are all welcome. One look at our menu and you’ll see there’s a little something for everyone (including chocolate milk on tap)! The walls are full of art and the fixtures, tables, and chairs repurposed and reclaimed. West Oak is where old world meets new. It’s a place of tradition and ritual that ever seeks to innovate how coffee is experienced. But for all the wonderful ambiance and offerings, our heart is for people.
Every time you enter or exit our doors, expect to be greeted with a smiling face and the potential for new friendship. Our baristas will take you by the hand, and lead you through our many offerings to find your next “the usual” or a seasonal special to help you mix it up. We serve our very own West Oak Coffee sourced from some of the greatest coffee producers around the world and roasted in house by our talented craft-roasting team. More on that in the next chapter…