But First…Coffee

Madison Esmailbeigi

It is in so many of our morning routines to wake up, get ready for our day, and drink coffee. Drinking a cup of coffee in the morning is so intertwined in our lives. The best part about it though is that this muscle memory task can be whatever we want it to be. It can be a drive thru on the way to work or a time to catch up with an old friend. My favorite time to drink coffee is Saturday morning, where you can relax and unwind with the whole weekend ahead of you. Luckily, Austin has many “Saturday morning” coffee shops that let customers sit back, relax, and enjoy a nice cup of joe.

Summer Moon

Summer Moon Coffee was founded in Texas Hill Country. Their goal is to create experiences that people will “drive out of their way for”, and this definitely shows within their menu. Summer Moon Coffee is a cozy coffee shop with an expansive menu, great for chatting with friends or studying for an exam. The Blue Moon Latte and Cinnamoon are must haves.

Merit Coffee Co.

Merit Coffee Co. recognizes that drinking coffee is a ritual and is always keeping up with the latest trends. They pride themselves on being professionally skilled coffee stewards. The cafe has three uniquely designed locations in Austin. I highly recommend their cappuccinos and iced matcha lattes. Not only does this shop have great drinks, but great food as well! The Blueberry Pie Donut is a must have!

Civil Goat Coffee

Civil Goat, which opened in 2010, is a unique coffee shop to visit because, if you’re lucky, the cafe will be getting a visit from Butters, the owner’s goat! Owner Chris O’brien keeps Butters as a pet and lets Butters join him on his visits to Civil Goat. When visiting the cafe, I highly recommend getting an oat milk latte. Civil Goat also makes delicious acai bowls, like the El Cosmico, and breakfast sandwiches, like the Cuerny Sam.

Bandit Coffee and Matcha Bar

Bandit Coffee and Matcha Bar prides itself on being a painless experience with no lines and easy payment options. The menu is very expansive with endless hot and cold drink options, as well as delicious ice cream for your post-coffee treat. The sea salt caramel mocha latte and iced lavender matcha latte are must haves at Bandit! If you are looking for a small brunch, they offer mouth watering breakfast foods from the Bougies cinnamon sugar cake donut to various flavored croissants.

Bennu Coffee

Bennu Coffee has locations in east and central Austin. The shop provides a neighborly atmosphere that makes their customers feel at home. I highly recommend the shop’s mochas, such as the Pride and Prejudice, with a blend of sweet chocolate power and sauces, as well as the Oliver Twist, with twisted sweet chocolate and caramel sauces. All mochas are topped with Bennu’s homemade whipped cream. Continually, Bennu offers personal French press service as well as fresh brewed iced teas.

Lucky Lab Coffee Co

Lucky Lab Coffee Co. has four locations around Austin. Their belief that “good people, happy dogs, and a great cup of coffee makes the world a better place” really shows within their menu and customer service. As I am a frequent visitor of Lucky Lab’s Guadalupe location, the Longhorn Brulee is a must have. Another reason I go to spend mornings at Lucky Lab is to try their seasonal menu items. Currently, their spring menu includes a Strawberry Basil Lemonade that is delicious.