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Austin's Best Coffee Shops, Fall 2014

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For students and freelancers alike, work and cafes go hand in hand. The beginning of September means that school is back in session and work is gearing up for a new quarter. Lots of buzzy new coffee shops popped up since the previous coffee map, like Cuvee and Radio Coffee and Beer. Here's the latest and greatest on where to caffeinate while hunched over a laptop (or maybe a book).
— Nadia Chaudhury


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Radio Coffee & Beer

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4208 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 217-1160
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South Austin’s newest coffee shop brings good coffee (including Stumptown's nitro cold brew), lots of open open space, a Veracruz taco truck to satisfy those hunger pains, and plenty of tables inside and out for those who prefer sun or air-conditioning.

2. Houndstooth Coffee

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4200 N Lamar Blvd Ste 120
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 531-9417
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This espresso-focused coffee bar is heaven for hardcore coffee nerds around town. Their rotating selections of beans are highlighted by simple and well-executed preparation. Both locations feature a clean and welcoming design, as well as a great selection of tools to take home brewing to the next level.

[Photo: Houndstooth/Facebook]

3. Caffé Medici

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1101 W Lynn St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 524-5049
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This longtime Austin coffee shop has three branches around town. Their original Clarksville branch has a warm and homey vibe, and the elegant downtown space boasts a massive espresso bar. They work with local roaster Cuvee, which created a special espresso blend for the cafes.

[Photo: Caffe Medici/Facebook]

4. Cenote

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1010 E Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-1311
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Cenote offers pour-overs of a rotating series of Cuvee and Handsome beans, as well as house-made syrups. Where they really shine is their impressive food menu, respectable on-tap beers, and generally warm and welcoming atmosphere. Also, their new bike rack is shaped like an octopus.

5. Cuvée Coffee

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2000 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702
One of Austin’s favorite coffee roasters finally opened its first flagship cafe, complete with beer, pastries, and, of course, coffee, including their own nitro cold brew right on tap. [Photo: Jeff Amador/EATX]

6. Jo's Coffee

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1300 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 444-3800
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Jo's has several locations around town, but the South Congress location is an essential Austin hangout. They have their own custom Stumptown blend and breakfast tacos galore.

[Photo: Clint McMahon/Flickr]

7. Once Over Coffee Bar

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2009 S 1st St.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 326-9575
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This South First coffee shop is especially lovely in the warmer (but not too warm) months, when patrons can take advantage of their huge back patio. Wild Gift coffee and the extremely fine El Primo taco truck out front makes for a winning combination. Get a discount for bringing your own cup.

[Photo: Once Over/Facebook]

8. Flightpath Coffeehouse

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5011 Duval St
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 458-4472
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Flighpath's website boasts that they don't offer live music, which tells you a great deal about their commitment to a tranquil atmosphere. Their coffee program may not be the most sophisticated in town, but Flightpath expanded to cold brewing. Their beans are from Texas Coffee Traders, and they serve East Side Pies in-house.

[Photo: Jacob O./Yelp]

9. Epoch Coffee

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221 W North Loop Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 454-3762
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This North Loop institution has one of the most inviting spaces in town, with massive tables great for working or hanging with friends. 24/7 coffee, pastries, and snacks, plus breakfast tacos in the mornings.

[photo:Clarisa R./Yelp]

10. Seventh Flag Coffee

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1506 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
The modern and clean look of the converted house to coffee shop offers no distractions. Coffee is made with Cuvee beans and the shop’s own espresso blend. [Photo: Heather F./Yelp]

11. Patika Coffee

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116 West 4th Street
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 535-3955
This tiny trailer is serving up some of the best coffee in Austin. Cuvee blends and careful attention to their craft means great things for their future brick and mortar store.

12. Wright Bros. Brew & Brew

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500 San Marcos St #105
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 493-0963
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Wright Bros. is the heart of Austin beverage nerdery at the moment, with a simple, elegant menu of Aeropress, drip and espresso. They feature local roaster Flat Track, as well as Sightglass and De La Paz. 38 taps of craft beer compliment the caffeinated offerings. Their light, warm space and friendly baristas will seduce even those who don't care about the latest and greatest trends in the coffee world.

[Photo: Wright Bros/Facebook]

13. Mozart's Coffee

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3825 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 477-2900
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Hanging out all day at a coffee shop doesn't get any lovelier than Mozart's, which boasts a beautiful indoor and outdoor space right on the lake. Their in-house roasts are pretty good, too.

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14. Bennu Coffee

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2001 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 791-7462
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In Austin's freelancer economy coffeeshops are the de facto office, and Bennu is one of the safest havens for laptop hobos. Students and other folks in need of coffee and quiet pack this 24-hour spot at all hours. The owner is so serious about cold brew he has a whole company dedicated to it: Chameleon.

[Photo: Sumina B./Yelp]

15. Thunderbird Coffee

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2200 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 472-9900
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Thunderbird has two locations, one in Cherrywood and the other on Koening Lane. They emphasize friendliness and approachability, and make a thai iced coffee in addition to the usual offerings. Cuvee coffee is their primary roaster, and they also work with Intelligenstia and Counter Culture. [Photo: Clarisa L/Yelp]

16. Buzz Mill Coffee

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1505 Town Creek Dr
Austin, TX 78741
(512) 912-9221
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This East Riverside coffeeshop focuses on coffee, beer, and all things lumberjacky. The kitschy indoor space opens onto a large patio, which boasts both Blue Ox Barbecue and the Vegan Nom. Austin!

17. Summermoon Coffee Bar

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3115 S. 1st St.
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 804-1665
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Sweet wood-fired summer and winter lattes will keep students awake at the cozy coffee shop. [Photo: Amanda T./Yelp]

18. Halcyon Coffee, Bar & Lounge

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218 W 4th St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 472-9637
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This downtown coffee shop is a haven for those looking for a low-key spot to unwind during the day, and a welcoming place to congregate with friends at night. Boozy coffee drinks and s'mores make for a great start or end to the night.

[Photo: Halcyon/Facebook]

19. Pacha

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4618 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756
(512) 420-8758
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Pacha serves up local roaster Casa Brazil and has what one reader calls "the best pour overs in Austin!" They also serve pancakes, homemade quiches, and pies.

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20. Vintage Heart Coffee

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1405 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 524-0583
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This small coffee shop on East 7th offers a simple menu of espresso and coffee drinks from local roaster Third Coast, all featuring house-made syrups. Pastries both vegan and non are on offer, as well as a large tea selection. The warm and welcoming space is perfect for laptop hoboing.

[Photo: Vintage Heart/Facebook]

21. Cherrywood Coffeehouse

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1400 E 38th 1/2 St
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 538-1991
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It's appropriate that Cherrywood is named after its neighborhood, because it's a true community space. They are very much a coffee shop of the old school, with a huge outdoor performance space and lots of tables to while away the afternoon with friends and kids and friends' kids and a couple dogs, too. Their coffee menu covers the classics, and their massive breakfast tacos are not to be missed.

22. Irie Bean Coffee

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2310 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 326-4636
The relaxed vibe at Irie Bean makes for a good studying atmosphere, along with free wifi and seasonal lattes, plus hemp milk options.

23. Bouldin Creek Café

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1900 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 416-1601
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The cool aura at the vegetarian cafe makes studying more pleasant. The coffee bar offers up Black Velvet beans, and four milk options, too.

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1. Radio Coffee & Beer

4208 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78704
South Austin’s newest coffee shop brings good coffee (including Stumptown's nitro cold brew), lots of open open space, a Veracruz taco truck to satisfy those hunger pains, and plenty of tables inside and out for those who prefer sun or air-conditioning.
4208 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78704

2. Houndstooth Coffee

4200 N Lamar Blvd Ste 120, Austin, TX 78756
This espresso-focused coffee bar is heaven for hardcore coffee nerds around town. Their rotating selections of beans are highlighted by simple and well-executed preparation. Both locations feature a clean and welcoming design, as well as a great selection of tools to take home brewing to the next level.

[Photo: Houndstooth/Facebook]

4200 N Lamar Blvd Ste 120
Austin, TX 78756

3. Caffé Medici

1101 W Lynn St, Austin, TX 78703
This longtime Austin coffee shop has three branches around town. Their original Clarksville branch has a warm and homey vibe, and the elegant downtown space boasts a massive espresso bar. They work with local roaster Cuvee, which created a special espresso blend for the cafes.

[Photo: Caffe Medici/Facebook]

1101 W Lynn St
Austin, TX 78703

4. Cenote

1010 E Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78702
Cenote offers pour-overs of a rotating series of Cuvee and Handsome beans, as well as house-made syrups. Where they really shine is their impressive food menu, respectable on-tap beers, and generally warm and welcoming atmosphere. Also, their new bike rack is shaped like an octopus.
1010 E Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, TX 78702

5. Cuvée Coffee

2000 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702
One of Austin’s favorite coffee roasters finally opened its first flagship cafe, complete with beer, pastries, and, of course, coffee, including their own nitro cold brew right on tap. [Photo: Jeff Amador/EATX]
2000 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

6. Jo's Coffee

1300 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Jo's has several locations around town, but the South Congress location is an essential Austin hangout. They have their own custom Stumptown blend and breakfast tacos galore.

[Photo: Clint McMahon/Flickr]

1300 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

7. Once Over Coffee Bar

2009 S 1st St., Austin, TX 78704
This South First coffee shop is especially lovely in the warmer (but not too warm) months, when patrons can take advantage of their huge back patio. Wild Gift coffee and the extremely fine El Primo taco truck out front makes for a winning combination. Get a discount for bringing your own cup.

[Photo: Once Over/Facebook]

2009 S 1st St.
Austin, TX 78704

8. Flightpath Coffeehouse

5011 Duval St, Austin, TX 78751
Flighpath's website boasts that they don't offer live music, which tells you a great deal about their commitment to a tranquil atmosphere. Their coffee program may not be the most sophisticated in town, but Flightpath expanded to cold brewing. Their beans are from Texas Coffee Traders, and they serve East Side Pies in-house.

[Photo: Jacob O./Yelp]

5011 Duval St
Austin, TX 78751

9. Epoch Coffee

221 W North Loop Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
This North Loop institution has one of the most inviting spaces in town, with massive tables great for working or hanging with friends. 24/7 coffee, pastries, and snacks, plus breakfast tacos in the mornings.

[photo:Clarisa R./Yelp]

221 W North Loop Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

10. Seventh Flag Coffee

1506 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
The modern and clean look of the converted house to coffee shop offers no distractions. Coffee is made with Cuvee beans and the shop’s own espresso blend. [Photo: Heather F./Yelp]
1506 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

11. Patika Coffee

116 West 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701
This tiny trailer is serving up some of the best coffee in Austin. Cuvee blends and careful attention to their craft means great things for their future brick and mortar store.
116 West 4th Street
Austin, TX 78701

12. Wright Bros. Brew & Brew

500 San Marcos St #105, Austin, TX 78702
Wright Bros. is the heart of Austin beverage nerdery at the moment, with a simple, elegant menu of Aeropress, drip and espresso. They feature local roaster Flat Track, as well as Sightglass and De La Paz. 38 taps of craft beer compliment the caffeinated offerings. Their light, warm space and friendly baristas will seduce even those who don't care about the latest and greatest trends in the coffee world.

[Photo: Wright Bros/Facebook]

500 San Marcos St #105
Austin, TX 78702

13. Mozart's Coffee

3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
Hanging out all day at a coffee shop doesn't get any lovelier than Mozart's, which boasts a beautiful indoor and outdoor space right on the lake. Their in-house roasts are pretty good, too.

[Photo: Mozarts'/Facebook[

3825 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

14. Bennu Coffee

2001 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78702
In Austin's freelancer economy coffeeshops are the de facto office, and Bennu is one of the safest havens for laptop hobos. Students and other folks in need of coffee and quiet pack this 24-hour spot at all hours. The owner is so serious about cold brew he has a whole company dedicated to it: Chameleon.

[Photo: Sumina B./Yelp]

2001 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Austin, TX 78702

15. Thunderbird Coffee

2200 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Thunderbird has two locations, one in Cherrywood and the other on Koening Lane. They emphasize friendliness and approachability, and make a thai iced coffee in addition to the usual offerings. Cuvee coffee is their primary roaster, and they also work with Intelligenstia and Counter Culture. [Photo: Clarisa L/Yelp]
2200 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

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16. Buzz Mill Coffee

1505 Town Creek Dr, Austin, TX 78741
This East Riverside coffeeshop focuses on coffee, beer, and all things lumberjacky. The kitschy indoor space opens onto a large patio, which boasts both Blue Ox Barbecue and the Vegan Nom. Austin!
1505 Town Creek Dr
Austin, TX 78741

17. Summermoon Coffee Bar

3115 S. 1st St., Austin, TX 78704
Sweet wood-fired summer and winter lattes will keep students awake at the cozy coffee shop. [Photo: Amanda T./Yelp]
3115 S. 1st St.
Austin, TX 78704

18. Halcyon Coffee, Bar & Lounge

218 W 4th St, Austin, TX 78701
This downtown coffee shop is a haven for those looking for a low-key spot to unwind during the day, and a welcoming place to congregate with friends at night. Boozy coffee drinks and s'mores make for a great start or end to the night.

[Photo: Halcyon/Facebook]

218 W 4th St
Austin, TX 78701

19. Pacha

4618 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
Pacha serves up local roaster Casa Brazil and has what one reader calls "the best pour overs in Austin!" They also serve pancakes, homemade quiches, and pies.

[Photo: Pacha/Facebook]

4618 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756

20. Vintage Heart Coffee

1405 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702, Austin, TX 78702
This small coffee shop on East 7th offers a simple menu of espresso and coffee drinks from local roaster Third Coast, all featuring house-made syrups. Pastries both vegan and non are on offer, as well as a large tea selection. The warm and welcoming space is perfect for laptop hoboing.

[Photo: Vintage Heart/Facebook]

1405 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702
Austin, TX 78702

21. Cherrywood Coffeehouse

1400 E 38th 1/2 St, Austin, TX 78722
It's appropriate that Cherrywood is named after its neighborhood, because it's a true community space. They are very much a coffee shop of the old school, with a huge outdoor performance space and lots of tables to while away the afternoon with friends and kids and friends' kids and a couple dogs, too. Their coffee menu covers the classics, and their massive breakfast tacos are not to be missed.
1400 E 38th 1/2 St
Austin, TX 78722

22. Irie Bean Coffee

2310 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
The relaxed vibe at Irie Bean makes for a good studying atmosphere, along with free wifi and seasonal lattes, plus hemp milk options.
2310 S Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78704

23. Bouldin Creek Café

1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
The cool aura at the vegetarian cafe makes studying more pleasant. The coffee bar offers up Black Velvet beans, and four milk options, too.
1900 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

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