Austin Coffee Shops

This may be more attributable to the fact that Austin is a college town, but the sheer number of coffee shops in this city is staggering. I grew up in a town where we didn’t have a coffee shop until about 5 years ago, and when we finally got it, had no idea what to do with it. Now there’s a Starbucks on the main street–the first “chain” to penetrate our protective small town.

But a city like Austin is undaunted by such things. They have obvious appeal to the college crowd, simply because they serve as a haven for studying. Personally, I don’t do a lot of studying in coffee shops, so I’m interested to hear which ones our readers think are the best. Out blog has admittedly already covered a couple–Spiderhouse and Mozart’s. Based on their Hate/Love categories respectively, you can imagine how our other writers view these two.

All of these delicious treats and more could be yours at Dominican Joe--a coffee shop on South Congress that buys direct from the Dominican Republic and removes the middle man.

All of these delicious treats and more could be yours at Dominican Joe--a coffee shop on South Congress that buys direct from the Dominican Republic and removes the middle man.

But these are just a couple drops in the pot. Formerly The Metro, Cafe Medici just opened a new location on Guadalupe this semester, right next to CVS. I can’t honestly notice a big difference, but then again, I wouldn’t call myself a frequent visitor, either. I’ve also heard that, with the new stadium renovations, we got another Starbucks on campus. Thank goodness. People really seemed to be crying out for a new location to stand in long lines and hurl buckets of money at those Starbucks people.

Just down my street, there’s JP’s Java; there are Austin Javas all over the place; in fact, a Google search of “coffee shops in Austin” returns about 7,000 entries of results. So with all of these choices, what makes your coffee house tick? For some it’s the mood–Mozart’s has a great vibe. For others it’s the location–JP’s is great when I’m at home, but I’m not above stopping by Starbucks if I’m studying in the Union.

However, if you ask me, the best coffee near campus is Einstein Bros.’s. They call it “Darn Good Coffee.” Take their word for it. Or mine.

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3 Responses to “Austin Coffee Shops”


  1. 1 Samantha G. November 10, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Another great one is Flightpath. Way better for studying a much calmer quieter atmosphere.You can actually get quite a bit of work done here, unlike Spider House where one can easily become distracted by nearby conversations and the LOUD music.

  2. 2 Raquel November 12, 2008 at 9:04 am

    You should try Epoch and Quack’s!

  3. 3 Brittany November 17, 2008 at 1:07 am

    Jeff I totally agree about Einstein’s – great coffee and also not a bad price. It’s a good alternative to Starschmucks.


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