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Jul 4, 2010 10:38 PM

coffee shop in north austin or round rock

I am tired as hell of temple and I want a decent coffee shop. Are there any in this area i can retreat to?


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  1. Thunderbird Coffee on Koenig is nice.

    Thunderbird Coffee
    1401 W Koenig Ln, Austin, TX 78756

    1. I'm partial to Epoch on North Loop. But a new place, Houndstooth Coffee at Lamar and 42nd, has really high quality espresso.

      1. Sodade Coffee ( is where I usually go during weekdays as it is near where I work and next to a taco deli if you like their breakfast taco. Sodade also uses the same beans (Cuvee) as most of the best coffee shops in Austin.

        Most of the other good ones are too far for me (Medici, Once Over, Houndstooth, Teuscher) to go during the week. Houndstooth ( is also to the north, not as much as Sodade, but it is very good and they usually also carry beans from Intelligentsia and Counter Coulture, two very highly regarded roasters in the US.

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        1. re: fduran

          Is Sodade in the same center as Yoga Yoga? I'll have to check it out, thanks for the tip.

          1. re: NWLarry

            There is a Yoga Yoga and a Mangia Pizza there, so it might be the same center you are referring to.

            1. re: fduran

              I'm sad to report Sodade is now defunct. I was surprised to be greeted by a locked door and a handmade sign saying "thanks for the patronage." Anyone know what the story is?

              I work up in this north austin wasteland and I have no idea where I can go now to find a decent espresso. I think I'm screwed.

              1. re: puddles

                Yeah. I talked to the owner last week and he told me about the closing but not the reason. What what I saw as I was going pretty much every day, They did not have enough traffic even though Taco deli was packed and the owner was there almost all the time, it was just not sustainable. I told them they needed to market it more aggressively to the companies around as I was sure people just did not know about them. It was not at the level of Medici or Once Over in term of techniques, but it was pretty good and so much better than *$s.

                I am thinking on buying a home espresso machine because the nearest good espresso bar for me now is houndstooth, and it is too far to go everyday before work.

                There is a coffee shop/froyo place (Caffe Yolly) near avery ranch. I tried to go on Saturday after knowing about Sodade but they open kind of late for a coffee shop. I have not tried their coffee but on their facebook they have Cuvee and Cafe Medici as likes, don't know if that translate to good espresso, but if somebody knows please speak out.

                Good luck.

                1. re: fduran

                  that plaza has a high rate of attrition.
                  there have been several failed restaurants.
                  just off the top of my head, i can recall ben & jerry's, a cupcakery, and some other kind of cafe/bakery.

                  1. re: dinaofdoom

                    There was a Gabbi's burgers and hot dogs place there that folded last year as well.

                2. re: puddles

                  I work next door to that shopping center and the only other decent coffee in the area was Genuine Joe's off of Anderson. Outside of that, I don't know of *any* place further north...

                  1. re: richardd_x

                    Roasters and Cupprimo are the only ones way North I can think of that would count as independently owned coffee shops. The rest are major chains: Starbucks, It's a Grind, Seattle's Best, Scooter's, the Beanery...

                    I like Roasters, but I haven't tried Cupprimo yet.

                    1. re: verily

                      i've been to cupprimo for cupcakes on several occasions.
                      they only have a few tables (2-3 IIRC) and it's not the space for hanging out and lounging.
                      they really focus on the cupcakes, but may make a good cup of coffee to go.

                    2. re: richardd_x

                      Coffee A Deli (on Lamar, half a mile north of Braker Lane) fits the bill nicely.

                      Keep in mind, though, it's life at a more leisurely pace than other coffeehouses.
                      There are fewer college students and artsy-litsy types than at other north central places (Genuine Joe, Thunderbird, Epoch, Flight Path) and a more eclectic mix of patrons, including families. It's a little like having coffee, tea, or lunch at your favorite aunt's house.

                      Oh, by the way, they still make excellent lemon bars!

                    3. re: puddles

                      Went to Caffe Yolly at Avery Ranch and they do use Cuvee Coffee for their beans and they do have a nice La Marzocco linea machine. Their technique is not the best but the flavor was good. They do their pastries as well even though I did not tried them. It is independent but too far for me to go in a regular schedule before work but if you live near give it a try.

              2. Stop in Georgetown at Cianfrani's...on the Square.