Looking for the perfect cup of joe? You'll find it in Austin, where local roasters, craft brewers and champion latte artists abound, offering up everything from fair trade certified and locally roasted beans to spicy seasonal handcrafted chais and intricately detailed rosettas. While you may find shops situated on just about every corner, there are a few select shops that stand out among the rest. Here are 7 of the top coffee shops in Austin right now:
Fleet Coffee 2427 Webberville Rd.
Stop in to this cozy eastside locale for an espresso and chat with Govalle locals and the baristas, recognizable by their dapper blue aprons. Fleet has been the talk of the town among local baristas and coffee fanatics since opening in 2016, and it’s not hard to tell why. The minimal shop is as serious about quality as it is about creativity, as witnessed by the seasonal “Coffee And” menu. Past favorites include the Irish Hello, made with local porter beer wort, and the After School Ritual, served with oreo-infused steamed milk.
Flitch Coffee 641 Tillery St.
Enjoy craft coffee on a quiet patio in a unique setting at east Austin coffee trailer Flitch. Housed in a vintage Spartan trailer, Flitch serves up a rotating selection of artisan coffees and espressos, along with breakfast tacos from local taquerias and pastries from Luxe Sweets. Try the matcha green tea with a splash of maple for something refreshing or keep it classic with a smooth, milky cappuccino.
Credit Roxanne Jo.
Wright Bros. Brew & Brew 500 San Marcos St.
The Brew & Brew is a coffee shop and bar just east of Downtown Austin, serving up a rotating selection of craft and local coffees and beers. Enjoy an espresso with your Easy Tiger croissant to kick off the day or up your lunch game with a bagel sandwich from Rosen's Bagel Co. and one of 38 brews on tap (or more, we won't judge).
Caffé Medici 1101 W. Lynn St. (& other locations around town)
Don’t miss this iconic Austin coffee house during your coffee tour of the town. These local espresso artisans have grown from their humble Clarksville origins to five full-service locations around town. Get to know the baristas slinging ‘spro on the bar and grab a TacoDeli breakfast taco before they’re gone!
Greater Goods Roasting. Credit Brandon M. Aguilar.
Greater Goods Roasting 160 MacGregor Ln., Dripping Springs
This local roaster not only creates quality coffee beans, they also partner with and dedicate a portion of each bag to select local charities. Stop in to the roastery, located in Dripping Springs, to meet the team and try select single origins fresh from the source. Greater Goods also supports female-owned coffee farms around the world, uses a super efficient roasting process and recycles all packaging materials. Keep an eye out for their bottled cold brew around town or plan to visit their new shops, opening in Bee Cave and east Austin this fall.
Seventh Flag Coffee 1506 S. First St.
This relaxed south Austin shop is home to a crew of friendly baristas who are dedicated to their caffeinated craft. Seventh Flag tends to the details, from their five-spice blend chai to their house-made almond milk. Start your day with a crisp macchiato and delicious avocado toast or try the nitro cold brew on tap if you’re looking for something refreshing.
Courtesy of Houndstooth Coffee.
Houndstooth Coffee 401 Congress Ave., Ste. 100C & 4200 N. Lamar Blvd.
Houndstooth has been upping Austin's coffee game since opening in 2010. Now, with two Austin locations and one more on the way this fall, these baristas continue to push boundaries and while serving up consistently good coffee. Try an exclusive concoction like the frozen Japanese iced coffee and the iced lime iron (the only thing better than a real margarita) during hot Austin summers or warm it up with a classic cortado or single origin siphon.