Best Coffee in Austin, TX

Best Coffee in Austin, TX
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I've scoured the most hipster parts of Austin in search for the best latte. I've spent countless nights studying at Bennu, and mornings getting pick-me-ups at Mozart's. I go out of my way to try new coffee shops- even if I feel like they're going to be bad. Essentially, this is a coffee list compiled of blood, sweat, and tears. Enjoy!

Preface of ratings:
The ratings... if you haven't guessed... are based on my taste (which is quite snobby): A light-ice latte. Creamy with a bold, dark espresso with a hint of sweetness.

Coffee.

1= I would not go here again. Their coffee doesn't taste like coffee.
3= Their coffee wasn't memorable. I probably could have just brewed a latte in my Nespresso Pixie...
5= I would drink this every day if my wallet could support it.

Snobbiness.

1= These people are so nice. I wish they were my family.
3= Typical hipster coffee shop with some sass.
5= I think these people feel that coffee is a religion - and you need to be well-versed in it before you consume it. At this coffee shop- you are likely to receive a lot of uncalled for sass. Don't even try to pronounce the names of the different types of espresso.

Ambiance.

1= You come here solely for the coffee. You don't stick around. You leave right when you get the coffee.
3= Nothing memorable. Again, typical hipster set up.
5= I wish I lived here.

Here it is, a comprehensive review of 29 coffee shops in ATX...

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Venue

Coffee Rating

Snobbiness

Ambiance

Comments

Would I go back?

JP's Java

1.5

4.5

3

It's a study spot near campus

No

The Buzz Mill

1.5

1

1

This place makes a better bar than a coffee shop.

No

Prufrock's Java City

1.5

4.5

4

I don't understand how this place can survive despite the fact that their espresso machine is broken 90% of the time…

No

Irie Bean Coffee Bar

2

1.5

3

Better for happy hour.

No

Dolce Vita Gelato & Espresso

2

3

3

Not the best for their coffee. It's a good place to go for late night dessert & cocktails.

No

The Hideout Coffeehouse

2

3.5

3

This place should remain hidden. The coffee isn't very good. Cute set up and cute name though.

No

Beware Coffee

2

1

4

Let me preface with: the owners are SO nice, but beware of this coffee. It's not very good. It's chalky.

No

Pacha

2.5

1

3

The Pacha latte was not my favorite. It was quite sweet. The brunch here is phenomenal.

No

Cherrywood Coffeehouse

3

1

3

Light coffee, floral taste. The people were really nice.

No

Hot Rod Coffee Trailer

3

1

3

Not as good as the 5 star ratings on Yelp, but the people that work here are the nicest.

No

Monkey Nest

3

3

3.5

I think I just went here because of the fun name.

No

Upper Crust Bakery

3

2.5

3.5

They sell coffee.

No

Jo's Coffee

3

4

3.5

It's hard to beat the South Congress location. The coffee is fine, but not good enough to warrant the snobbiness of their employees.

No

Boudin Creek Café

3

3

4

Eat brunch here.

No

Epoch Coffee

3

4

4

Probably the best of the 24-hour coffee places. They had a drink called the "Iced Mojo", I ordered it by saying I would like the "Iced Mo-ho"… it made more sense to me when the barista informed me how it was pronounced.

Yes

Capote Coffee

3.5

1

1

When it was around, it was the best coffee shop on campus.

Yes

La Tazza Fresca

3.5

2

3.5

Light coffee with an almost floral taste. Good place to study on campus.

No

Kick Butt Coffee Music & Booze

3.5

3

3

Best coffee in the Triangle area.

Yes

Café Medici

3.5

4

3

Great coffee, the people that work here are the biggest snobs though. I feel like they have assumed their place as "THE hipster coffee shop" of Austin.

Yes (unfortunately)

Halcyon

3.5

3

3.5

Open late. Coffee is deccent, but over-hyped.

Yes

Bennu

3.5

4

4

The coffee drinks are deccent- but pricey for what they are,but then again, it IS a 24 hour coffee place with deccent coffee... but the music is horrendous. Bring your own headphones if you ever want to get any work done here.

Yes

Dominican Joe's

3.5

3

4.5

Coffee that makes you feel good about yourself because it's for a cause. Being at this coffee shop is super inspirational. It makes you want to do good things for the world… too bad you have an exam tomorrow.

Yes

Velveteen Coffee Trailer

4

1

3.5

This is the best coffee trailer near campus. It offers a unique assortment of drinks, and the people who own the place are the nicest.

Summermoon Coffee Bar

4

3

3.5

Their lattes are made with "Moon Milk", which is a combination of 7 different dairy products, which means it's delicious, and probably very high in calories- but I am speculating - maybe it's the new breakthrough in weight loss. The coffee is a great sweet treat- but probably not so good for an every day drink.

No

Motzart's Coffee Roasters

4

3

5

It's over-hyped, and you can't ever find a seat, but you can't deny the great view and good coffee. Because of the prime real estate they own, going to Motzart's has become a "thing", rather than something to appreciate.

Yes

Vintage Heart Coffee

4.5

3

4.5

Very cute, small coffee place in East Austin. They serve their coffee in mason jars. The barista takes time to uniquely craft each drink.

Yes

Cenote

4.5

3

4.5

Love the set up, the taste of the coffee is amazing. This is why I love East Austin coffee shops.

Yes

Juan Pelota

5

4.5

4

Slightly less snobby than Houndstooth, but the coffee is arguably just as good.

No

Houndstooth Coffee

5

5

4

These people are the biggest snobs… but the coffee is good though.

Yes

Finding food that worth the calories.