Austin’s coffee culture has grown immensely in the past few years with high quality shops brewing and roasting their own coffee beans. Whether you frequent coffee shops or not, here are seven locally roasted coffee brands you should have on your radar—and in your pantry.
Mike McKim roasted his first coffee beans the way many home brewers made their first batches of beer: at home in his garage. An origin trip with the Specialty Coffee Association of America Roasters Guild introduced him to the world of coffee farming. “It was then I learned how much of an impact that I could have on hundreds of people,” says McKim, who continues to work directly with a core group of farmers and adds a new project each year since opening in 1998. Each type of coffee bean they purchase is offered as a single origin plus used to make three house blends: Meritage (espresso), 71 Classic (classic), and Mezzanotte (dark roast). Purchase at cuveecoffee.com. 2000 E. Sixth St., 512-368-5636
Rob and Jenee Ovitt have been on the retail side of coffee for over 10 years, owning a shop in Asheville, North Carolina before opening Once Over Coffee in Austin. Clancy Rose had been roasting coffee for eight years, including at Cuvée, when the three joined forces to form Wild Gift Coffee. Their six different single origin beans and two blends—Troublemaker and Rude Boy—are roasted in small batches and available at a variety of Austin locations. Purchase at wild-gift-coffee.myshopify.com. 401 Texas Ave. Suite E, Round Rock, 512-246-6100
Third Coast Coffee is one of 21 fair trade, cooperative roasters that opened across North America since Cooperative Coffees was founded in 1999. Buying beans directly from small farmer cooperative allows them to cut out the middle man, and ultimately paying farmers directly. They offer a dozen blends and over a dozen single varietal bags of beans from Central and South America, Africa and Indonesia, available for purchase at cafes and retail shops all over the city. Purchase at thirdcoastcoffee.com. 4402 S Congress Ave #109, 512-444-7820
Launched at the start of this year, Greater Goods focuses on community involvement, not only by sourcing all their beans ethically from small farms, but also by donating a portion of proceeds from each bag to one of four corresponding local nonprofits with specific campaign goals. Right now, the coffee (a variety of single origin beans plus three blends) can be purchased at Bee Cave Coffee and Thom’s Market, but owners Trey Cobb and Khanh Trang are opening two eastside coffee shops on the eastside this year. Purchase at greatergoodsroasting.com. 160 McGregor Lane, Dripping Springs, 512-858-2680
A house that began in 2005 as a Brazilian cultural center in Hyde Park transitioned into a roasting facility that works with individual families four years later, paying them top dollar and educating the public on top quality beans. Owner Joel Shuler roasts rotating single estate microlot coffees to order (from small lots on specific farms), and the beans change depending on seasonality (most recently, he’s been using Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza, Fazenda Recreio and Familia Borges). Purchase at cafebrasilcoffees.com. 415 E. St. Elmo Rd., Ste 4A, 512-407-9887
Shuler purchased Little City Coffee Roasters from previous owner Donna Taylor when the iconic coffee shop by the same name shuttered the same year. After relaunching their brand, the team continues to roast small batches of specialty beans grown directly from microlots in Myanmar, Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, and beyond. Purchase any one of their five staple blends at Central Market and Wheatsville Food Co-op. 415 E. St. Elmo Rd., 512-407-9887
Brew and Brew coowner Matthew Bolick and his business partner Sterling Roberts founded Flat Track Coffee four years ago, originally as a subscription service. Now, Flat Track Coffee is working to move into their own space down Cesar Chavez, expected to open in April. Until then, bags of their single origin beans, which are ethically sourced and roasted by co-owner Jeremy Brooks, can be purchased on their website and at Brew & Brew, MLK Food Store and Sunrise Mini-Mart on Anderson Lane. Purchase at flattrackcoffee.com. 1619 E. Cesar Chavez St., 512-814-6010