This Fort Worth Couple Brews Small Business Collaborations at Trinity Coffee House—Including a Local CBD Company

TCU alum Jennifer and Sam Demel are keeping business local at their recently opened coffee shop and coworking space.

Trinity Coffee House recently announced its collaboration with WelCel, a premium line of full-spectrum hemp CBD oil products based in Fort Worth, which is said to make Trinity one of DFW’s only coffee shops that offers CBD as an add-on to any coffee or tea item. 

Local couple and Texas Christian University alum Jennifer and Sam Demel initially found themselves overwhelmed as they struggled to keep their brand new wine bar Thirty Eight & Vine open amidst the pandemic. But when a neighboring coffee shop announced it would be closing its doors, the couple’s real estate experience through The Demel Group and their bar-owning background motivated them to take a leap and take over that lease, too.

“The former coffee shop closed on November 7,” Co-Founder Jennifer Demel told Dallas Innovates. “We took the keys and opened the doors as Trinity on November 8.” 

The Fort Worth-inspired concept offers a “customer-oriented” coffee experience where customers can come in, tell the barista the flavors they’re craving, and the barista will make a brew tailored to them. In addition, the shop offers both a traditional menu including some connoisseurs’ favorites such as espresso and cappuccino, as well as an untraditional menu featuring Butterfly Pea Flower and Beet Powder lattes. 

[Image: Courtesy Trinity Coffee House]

While the opening of Trinity Coffee House was sudden, the owners have had a clear vision since day one. 

“I feel like we’re so entrenched in the community so I just wanted it to feel like Fort Worth as much as possible,” said Jennifer Demel. “A lot of the inspiration came from 2020 because we did as many collaborations with other small business owners as we could just to make it through and we really wanted to carry that over with this coffee shop.” 

Trinity Coffee House is dedicated to creating meaningful connections within the community. Apart from its brewer, every one of Trinity’s vendors and partners are local.

Recently, the coffee house announced one of its latest collaborations with WelCel, showing its continued commitment to local partnerships.

[Image: Courtesy Trinity Coffee House]

“With CBD on the rise for years and my husband having played baseball and traveling so often, we paid attention to what’s happening on the West Coast and East Coast and what can we do that’s different or bring a little bit of a different experience to Fort Worth that maybe you haven’t necessarily seen all the time,” Jennifer said. 

Along with the WelCel collaboration, Trinity Coffee House has partnered with other locals in an effort to support small businesses including Bad Spanish Tacos, Coco Bomb Squad, Peacock Farm & Flower, and Gold Ribbon Confections.

Trinity also has plans to partner with TCU’s Kappa Alpha Theta to benefit local nonprofit CASA of Tarrant County. 

“We have pop ups happening all the time; we want businesses to be able to come in here and set up their products,” Jennifer said. “It’s all about collaboration and just getting people and small businesses to engage and become a part of the community we all know and love.”

[Image: Courtesy Trinity Coffee House]

Along with serving coffee and collaborating in the community, Trinity provides professionals with a place to work and collaborate through its coworking space. The back part of the coffee shop has numerous offices ranging from personal to team-sized suites that are completely furnished and ready for professionals to rent out monthly or annually.

The owners sought to create an environment that was easy for teams to come in without having to worry about bills, utilities, or stocking the fridge. 

[Image: Courtesy Trinity Coffee House]

While focusing on coffee, collaboration, and co-working, Trinity’s team plans to devote the next year to making sure their coffee house provides a welcome experience prior to any expansion efforts.

“We have our eyes on other cities, but right now we just want to continue to get to know and grow the Fort Worth family,” Jennifer said. “We want Trinity Coffee House to be a full experience where people feel at home and want to spend the whole day here.”

[Image: Courtesy Trinity Coffee House]

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