- February 2, 2017

Love Coffee And Chocolate? These Are The 15 Best Hot Mocha Lattes In Austin

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Over the past year, we’ve been on a mission to find the best mochas (lattes with added chocolate, for the unenlightened) brewed up by local coffee shops. We secretly visited dozens of Austin cafes and weathered many caffeine highs to achieve our goal, but we’ve finally done it.

Chocolate lovers and espresso connoisseurs, behold — here’s where to get the 15 best hot mochas in town:

Flavor Profile: Light & Smooth

Caffé Medici

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A mocha from Caffé Medici will suit studying or conversation. Photo by Rebecca L. Bennett.

Located in  The Austonian building, Caffé Medici boasts a ground floor coffee bar and a fun loft.

From their shops on South Lamar, West Lynn, and Guadalupe, and in The Austonian, Caffé Medici serves up delicious espresso made by Cuvée Coffee, a beloved local operation that will make an appearance later on in this list.

Those who prefer strong espresso drinks probably won’t feel completely satisfied by the incredibly smooth mochas brewed by Caffé Medici, but anyone looking to supplement a conversation or study session with light, chocolate-infused coffee will not be disappointed.

1100 S Lamar, 200 Congress Ave, 2222B Guadalupe St, 1101 West Lynn. Hours and contact details vary by location. Website.

 

Thunderbird Café and Tap Room

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Thunderbird’s baristas know how to pull one nutty espresso shot. Photo by Rebecca L. Bennett.

Thunderbird Coffee runs two brick-and-mortar locations in Austin — their Café & Tap Room on Koenig and their traditional coffee shop on Manor (two road names our pronunciation guide will help you learn to say correctly).

Fueled by Round Rock-based coffee company Wild Gift,  Thunderbird’s distinctively nutty mocha is the perfect start to any morning or essay-writing haul. Again, folks who prefer stronger stuff probably won’t get buzzed by this drink, but Thunderbird does also serve beer, so…

1401 Koenig Ln, 2200 Manor Rd. Hours and contact details vary by location. MenuWebsite.

Epoch Coffee

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Epoch’s mocha is a cinnamon lovers delight! Photo by Rebecca L. Bennett.

Epoch Coffee has two always-bustling cafes throughout Austin — Epoch @ North Loop near campus and Epoch @ The Village along West Anderson Lane. Beautifully, they also recently opened a third location off Far West Blvd.

Unlike any other coffee shop included in our taste-testing expedition, Epoch infuses each of their mochas with cinnamon, resulting in one very comforting cup of joe. In short, drinking an Epoch mocha feels like curling up at home with a cozy blanket and a really damn good book.

221 W North Loop Blvd, 2700 W Anderson L, 3900 Far West Blvd. Hours and contact details vary by location. Menu. Website.

Sa-Tén

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For sweet (but not-too-sweet) coffee, Sa-Tén has you covered. Photo by Rebecca L. Bennett.

With a well-established cafe tucked next to sprawling art complex Canopy in East Austin, Japanese-inspired Sa-Tén Coffee and Eats is scheduled to open its second storefront along Airport Blvd and expand its original Springdale location throughout 2018.

Co-0wned by Kayo Asazu of Kome and Motoyasu Utsunomiya of East Side King, Sa-Tén is known for its Japanese toasts, matcha lattes, and iced Vietnamese coffee, but it should also be celebrated for its sweet, marshmallow-y mochas.

916 Springdale, 4917 Airport Blvd. Hours and contact details vary by location. Menu. Website.

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Flavor Profile: Rich & Deep

Apanas Coffee & Beer

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Apanas’ mochas are impossibly rich and delicious. Photo by Rebecca L. Bennett.

Though they’ve closed their newest location on SoCo, Apanas Coffee & Beer on Rock Rose Ave in the Domain is still going strong — and they brew up one of the best mochas in town.

Using their own organic, fair trade beans, Apanas’ baristas have mastered the art of mocha-making. And they’ve honed their process to ensure that different baristas produce the same consistent flavor every time, so you know exactly what to expect: perfection.

11501 Rock Rose, Ste. 118. 512-520-2822. Open Mon 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tue-Fri 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Menu. Website.

Patika

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A rich mocha from Patika will most certainly brighten your day. Photo by Rebecca L. Bennett.

The word “Patika” can be translated to “footpath” or “alley” in Turkish. That’s perfect because when we first accidentally discovered Patika’s (late) tiny little coffee trailer in downtown Central Austin accidentally, drinking one of their rich mochas felt like an escape from the bustle of the city — a shortcut to hidden treasure.

Now, Patika has its own brick and mortar cafe on South Lamar, where they serve amazing food and coffee brewed with Wild Gift beans.

2159 S Lamar. Open daily 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Website.

Lamppost Coffee

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Lamppost’s chocolate-heavy mochas will make you super productive. Photo by Rebecca L. Bennett.

We first turned your attention to Round Rock’s only artisan coffeehouse, Lamppost Coffee, back in late 2016, and we’ve got great news — they’re still one of the best places north of SH 45 to enjoy a well-crafted latte. Sporting Wild Gift espresso, Lamppost‘s goal is to make your mocha experience as magical as walking through a wardrobe into C. S. Lewis’ Narnia. And trust us — they’ve done it!

1205 Round Rock Ave (Round Rock). 512-217-4962. Open Mon-Fri 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Website.

Flitch Coffee

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Flitch’s beautiful mochas taste even better when enjoyed their live wood seating area. Photo by Rebecca L. Bennett.

Flitch Coffee is something of an anomaly among the coffee trucks of Austin. Instead of ordering at their vintage airstream trailer’s window, you actually get to step inside to request your latte and then make your way back into the Texas sunshine to find outdoor seating among live edge tables, stumps and wooden benches.

The whole experience of drinking coffee at Flitch feels like a hipster adventure — and their rich mocha tastes like backpacking in the wilderness.

641 Tillery St. Open Mon-Fri 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sat-Sun 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Website.

Cenote

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You’ll definitely find crowds at Cenote, but their amazing mocha is worth it! Photo by Rebecca L. Bennett.

Located in East Austin along Cesar Chavez St. and in South Austin just off of Hwy 290, Cenote can’t be missed. It’s always buzzing with masses of brunchers, so arrive early if you don’t want to have to rub elbows with strangers in order to try their deep, flavorful mocha, which is made with Wild Gift espresso. However, if they’re already busy when you arrive, don’t let the crowds deter you from trying their coffee. It’s worth the wait!

1010 E Cesar Chavez St., 6214 Cameron Rd. Hours and contact details vary by location. Website.

Radio Coffee and Beer

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Radio’s mocha is just as lovely as their decor! Photo by Rebecca L. Bennett.

Your only opportunity to try Radio Coffee & Beer‘s amazing mocha latte is at their singular establishment on Manchaca Rd. in South Austin, so don’t pass it up!

Everything about this coffeehouse is gorgeous (except the limited parking situation) — the woodsy architecture, the vintage furniture, the stunning artwork, the craft beers on tap, the Veracruz All-Natural food truck out on their patio, and of course — their coffee.

4204 Manchacha Rd. 512-394-7844. Open Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m. to midnight, Sat-Sun 7:30 a.m. to midnight. Website.

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Flavor Profile: Bold & Beautiful

Red Horn Coffee House and Brewing Co.

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Red Horn knows coffee in and out. Photo by Rebecca L. Bennett.

Located way up in North Austin in Cedar Park, Red Horn Coffee House and Brewing Co. brews their own craft beer, so they understand the art of crafting that perfect latte.

If you order one of their punchy mochas, it may come in a slightly smaller quantity than you’re used to (they only serve 8-10 oz), but after one taste of espresso-y, dark chocolate goodness, you won’t even care. And you’ll definitely want another.

13010 W Parmer Ln, Ste 800 (Cedar Park). 512-986-7038. Open Mon-Thurs 7 a.m. to 10 p.m, Fri-Sat 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., & Sun 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Website.

Cuvée Coffee Bar

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Cuvée serves the most unique high quality espresso in Austin. Photo by Rebecca L. Bennett.

Cuvée Coffee Bar makes coffee fun. Not only is the inside of their East Austin cafe quirky and wonderful in an industrial kind of way, they roast their own coffee, always pushing hard to create new and unique flavors and featuring a new blend each month. Needless to say, their mocha is one-of-a-kind.

While ordering, you can choose which espresso blend you’d like in your mocha. We selected their bestselling Meritage blend for its peanut butter, cherry, and dark chocolate overtones, but we (and Cuvée) encourage experimentation!

2000 E 6th St. 512-368-5636. Open Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat-Sun 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Website.

Stouthaus Coffee Pub

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Stouthaus clearly uses the force when they make their mochas. Photo by Rebecca L. Bennett.

Star Wars-themed Stouthaus Coffee Pub in South Austin pulls strong, punchy espresso shots with berry overtones to make their tangy mochas. They’re so delicious, we’re pretty sure the Force is involved. This small cafe does get busy during peak hours, but it’s a quiet spot for remote work and conversation otherwise.

And the fact that they stock Tacodeli tacos, craft beer, and Quack’s pastries is just another win!

4715 S Lamar Blvd #102 (Sunset Valley). 512-721-0030. Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Website.

Houndstooth Coffee

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Houndstooth pulls the most mature espresso shots in town. Photo by Rebecca L. Bennett.

If you like bold, dramatic coffee, look no further than Houndstooth Coffee. Made with extremely dark chocolate, their bitter-yet-beautiful mocha will utterly challenge you and we love that!

Houndstooth runs two cafes in Austin: one on North Lamar Blvd. and another on Congress Ave. downtown. According to Eater, they’re also currently building out a third location along MLK in East Austin — which will also serve cocktails. Score!

4200 N Lamar Blvd., 401 Congress Ave. Hours and contact details vary by location. Website

Caffe Aragona

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Caffe Aragona’s bold Italian mocha is simply stunning. Photo by Rebecca L. Bennett.

Sleek and modern, Caffe Aragona along Congress Ave. uses espresso beans from legendary Italian coffee roaster Lavazza Coffee to brew their coffee magic. Their mocha lattes are brilliantly bold, and thanks to Lavazza’s own drinking chocolate, they strike the perfect balance between bitterness and sweetness. Pure Italian wizardry here.

914 Congress Ave. Open Mon-Fri 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. & Sat. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Menu. Website.

There you have it! Let us know which of these mochas you like best in the comments, or hit us up on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

And if you’re not a coffee drinker, no worries — Austin’s got plenty of cocoa hot spots.


 

All story photos: Rebecca L. Bennett