by Brad Pauly
on Friday, January 9th, 2015 at 10:07pm.
Mornings can be a tall order, especially when dealing with Austin mornings. The headache-inducing mix of traffic, weather, and the weekday grind means that you deserve something amazing to keep your energy going. That's why we've cherry picked some of the greatest Austin coffee places to help you in your quest to stay awake.
The Steeping Room is a tea shop that some would describe as “Instagram worthy,” since you HAVE to share photos of your delicious teas. While the tea is obviously delicious, the food is art. Each meal, from a muffin to an entire Sunday brunch, is prepared with a degree of artistry that is almost unparalleled. Also, did I mention they have pretty darn good tea?
Quack's 43rd Street Bakery is a little bit of an institution. Originally located near the UT campus, the coffee shop has expanded into the outer reaches of Austin. That doesn't make their coffee or baked goods any less spectacular. They're committed to sticking local and sticking to high quality products. While some of the goods may be a tad more expensive, they have a mission statement that places their reputation ahead of their bottom line.
If you're wishing for a little bit more diversity in your drink selection, might we suggest heading over to Radio Coffee & Beer? Located off of Manchaca, this gorgeous location was started by an Austin native committed to expanding the Austinite taste buds. By bringing beers from all over the country, they aim to create a singular experience for anyone that enters their doors.
Thunderbird Coffee and Beer offers both beer and coffee, but with a little bit of a weirder Austin flavor. With two locations in Austin, Thunderbird is dedicated to diversity. Besides their selection, they also have a delicious menu that tickle your tongue with tantalizing tastiness.
Finally, Dominican Joe's, located a little off the bridge on South Congress, is a tucked away coffee shop that will secretly charm your tastebuds, all while raising money for a good cause. Dominican Joe's was founded in order to raise money for the schools of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. While you're eating your breakfast taco and drinking their fair trade coffee, know that you're making a difference.