- February 2, 2017

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

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.


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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.