East Austin gets a new coffee trailer with the opening of LeverCraft Coffee, found at 3307 Oak Springs Drive in the MLK neighborhood, within real estate firm Open House Austin.
Eric Mann started LeverCraft as a vintage Italian espresso machine repair shop in 2012, and got into roasting coffee himself later on. He wanted to open a coffee shop because “it’s something that has affected everyone’s lives in one way or another,” he told Eater.
Mann teamed up with Kristina Modares and Stephanie Douglass, co-founders of Open House with the goal of opening some sort of cafe as part of their office space. Originally, they wanted to build a physical cafe, but they were too impatient and it would’ve been too expensive. Instead, they decided to go down the trailer route.
“It is our goal to become the first coffee shop in the world to achieve a Michelin star,” Mann told Eater. The coffee menu features two concoctions: the espresso lemonade and the Freddo, which pairs nitro cold brew with a cold-brew cream. Then there’s the usual espresso menu. The retail component will include coffee beans.
Food-wise, there are vegan Liege waffles. For now, the only available topping is a cold-brew whipped cream. Mann wants to eventually partner with other restaurants and food trucks to create other sorts of toppings for the Belgian waffles.
“I want people to step into the trailer and feel like they just walked into a little coffee shop, not a trailer,” Mann said. There’s marble tiling, vinyl plank floors, concrete look counters, and marble detailing. Inside, there’s seating space for two people, ideal for coffee-making sessions. Outside, there’s a deck with seating, stage, and shades.
LeverCraft will also host education events, classes, and what Mann refers to as “date nights.” Its hours are from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and then from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the weekends.