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If supporting local businesses is your jam, you’ve probably already made the switch from buying your weekly or daily mocha from chain coffee shops to purchasing your favorite espresso drinks from local coffeehouses like Epoch, Radio Coffee & Beer, Genuine Joe, Mozart’s, Lamppost, or one of our other Austin-only espresso stations. But your investment into Austin’s coffee scene doesn’t have to stop there! Instead of purchasing coffee grounds and whole beans at the grocery store, you can choose to stock your pantry with bags of fresh, ethically-sourced and locally-roasted beans sold by any of the following Austin roasters:
Wild Gift Coffee
In 2014, three local coffee gurus banded together to start Wild Gift Coffee, a small batch roasting company. Just two years later, you could find their punchy “Rude Boy” and “Troublemaker” espressos in coffee shops and private kitchens (including ours!) all over town. Buy. Website.
At Cuvée Coffee, every roast has its own story, and their classic “Meritage” roast tastes every bit like it’s described — as a “love song to espresso.” Before you buy a bag, though, we suggest that you visit Cuvee’s physical location, a small coffee shop and bar with a distinctly chill yet modern ambiance in East Austin. Buy. Website.
Flat Track Coffee Co.
As both a roastery and coffee shop, Flat Track Coffee produces fun espresso blends named “Dogspeed” and “Sidepipe” along with expert recommendations about preparation. Once operated out of Farewell Books, Flat Track now shares space with Cycleast at 1619 East Cesar Chavez. Buy. Website.
Austin Roasting Company
In the spirit of keeping Austin weird, Austin Roasting Company has created an interesting lineup of signature blends, including “Bacon & Eggs” and “Zilker Perk.” All of their signature blends are available for single purchase or subscriptions. Also in line with our community’s values, their roasts are single origin, farm direct, fair trade, and certified organic. Buy. Website.
Third Coast Coffee Roasting Company
Boasting 22 years of roasting experience, Third Coast Coffee sources certified fair trade (and fair trade transitional), organic beans from small farming cooperatives throughout Central and South America, Africa, Asia and Indonesia and roasts them locally on a small batch basis. Buy. Website.
Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
Known for its massive annual Christmas lights display, cozy hot chocolate, and beautiful outdoor patio and live oak trees, Mozart’s Coffee Roasters & Bakery should also be famous for their signature coffee blends, which they’ve been roasting and selling on site in West Austin for the last fifteen years. They even have a special blend available around the holidays to celebrate that wonderful light display. Website.
Texas Coffee Traders
Started in 1981, Texas Coffee Traders has been roasting limited, rare, organic, fair trade and direct trade coffee beans for a whopping 33 years. They operate a physical location in East Austin complete with wifi, patio seating, and of course, delicious joe. Website.
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Greater Goods Coffee Roasters
The folks behind Greater Goods Coffee Roasters pursue two passions in business: making beautiful coffee and enriching our community by donating a portion of all of their sales to local nonprofits like Central Texas Food Bank, Autism Society of Central Texas, The Boys & Girls Club of Austin, and Austin Pets Alive! On top of that, they offer some great classes to the community at their training lab, like Introduction to Espresso and Introduction to Latte Art Buy. Website.
Irrawaddy Coffee Roasters
Irrawaddy Coffee Roasters is run by Melvin Tan, a Burmese immigrant who sources his beans from his father’s coffee farm in Myanmar. Due to complications with importing and Myanmar’s mostly closed borders, Irrawaddy often sells out, so keep tabs on their website and snatch up a bag when they’re stocked up again! Buy. Website.
Tiny House Coffee Roasters
Run by three Austinites with coffee in their very blood, Tiny House Coffee Roasters imports and roasts their beans themselves in order to cut out all middlemen and allow their Nicaraguan farmers to make drastically higher profits from their produce and labor. So much yes! Try their Coffee Sampler Pack ($32) if you’re not sure which blend to go with. Buy. Website.
Ruta Maya Coffee Company
Built in 1990 on a vision for sourcing organic coffee beans of the highest quality while providing fair wages and profits to Latin American farmers, Ruta Maya Coffee Company now commands considerable respect in the Austin coffee market with their bold dark, medium, espresso, and decaf roasts, all of which you can purchase online. Buy. Website.
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“Air cooling” isn’t something that is commonly discussed within the coffee community, but it should be. Fresh roasts require substantial cooling time before going to packaging and many commercial roasters pour water on their beans to speed up this process. As the beans soak up water, they go up in weight and down in grade leaving you with less. No bueno. We always sacrifice time for quality and let our beans breeeeaathe as needed. Because we love them, and we love you. ❤️ #slowdowntospeedup #aircooled
Anderson’s Coffee Company
“This may go wrong, that may go wrong, but at least the coffee’s good,” says Anderson’s Coffee’s founder, Jamie Anderson, who started his operation in 1972. Since that time, he has curated nearly 30 different blends, but one thing has stayed the same. You can still visit their shop at 1601 West 38th St #2 and get a cup of freshly roasted coffee for $1. Buy. Website.
Barrett’s Micro Roast Coffee
Barrett’s Micro Roast Coffee has been producing handcrafted coffee and selling equipment to industry professionals for more than 20 years, and they’re damn good at it, but there’s a catch — they only sell 2.5-pound and 5-pound bags of their single origin blends! Buy. Website.
Progress Coffee Roasting
Harnessing a good amount of Austin’s classic weirdness, Progress Coffee Roasting sells quirky blends like “Falcon Roast,” “The Sunshine Effect,” and “Mocha Death,” the last of which is described as “a smoky dark roast with a dark chocolate sensation that would make the dead rise from the grave.” As long as it would then give us the energy to outrun said zombies, we’re cool with that! Buy. Website.
Kohana Coffee’s slow roasts and organic cold brew coffee will literally make you feel like you’re laid out on a beach somewhere, relaxing without a care in the world, or embarking on an epic island adventure to explore remote waterfalls, zipline through tree canopies, and swim with dolphins. There’s nothing quite like it. Buy. Website.
Little City Coffee Roasters
Little City Coffee was a beloved local cafe for 20 years, but had to close in 2011. Luckily, Joel Shuler of Casa Brasil Coffees, bought the company and gave it new life, aiming to produce “smooth, unique coffees that are as approachable as the classic Austin coffee shop that inspired them.” Buy. Website.
Summer Moon Coffee
Founded in 2002 as just a humble coffee bar, Summer Moon Coffee has evolved into one of the most well-loved roasters in town using their unique wood-firing process and they now run five Austin coffeehouses. 3115 1st St S, 11005 Burnet Rd, 11601 W US Hwy 290, 6711 Manchaca Rd, 14900 Avery Ranch Blvd. Buy. Website.
Casa Brasil Coffees
Speaking of Casa Brasil Coffees, their roasting operation conducts their business following two guiding principles: (1) do what is right by sourcing and selling coffee through fair and respectful practices that enrich both the Brazilian and Austin communities and (2) create beauty by providing customers with only the highest quality Brazilian beans and blends. Buy. Website.
Boasting their own coffeehouse in beautiful West Austin, Trianon Coffee produces more original single origin roasts than any other local coffee shop. They don’t sell their beans online in small quantities, but don’t let that stop you from buying a latte in their physical shop or ordering a pound’s worth of their organic, fair trade East Timor blend or their “El Jaguar” roast from Honduras, which is Rainforest Alliance Certified. Buy. Website.
Civil Goat Coffee Co.
“We love our community and the weirdness it brings, which is why we’re proud to call Austin, Texas our home,” reads Civil Goat Coffee Co.’s website bio. This local small batch roaster hasn’t said much about their history, but what they do say matters: they’re committed to artisanal, sustainable farming and roasting practices, they only roast to order and they love serving customers at their South Austin coffee shop. Buy. Website.
Red Horn Coffee House & Brewing Co.
Built on passions for both artisan coffee and craft beer, as well for promoting positivism and fun in all that they do, this locally-owned coffeehouse and brewery roasts their own beans at their physical location in Cedar Park along West Parmer Lane. At this time, you can only get their beans in-house. Website.
With three Austin locations (and one in Colorado), Barley Bean creates long-term partnerships with local purveyors to create special products. “Local ingredients, simple menu, and love” is their mantra. They also host a training lab with roasting classes, barista training, and cupping lessons. Website.
Did we miss any amazing Austin roasters? Let us know in the comments!
Additional reporting by Laurie Lyons-Makaimoku
Featured photo: Flickr user Alison and Fil, CC licensed