When it comes to grocery shopping in the Covid-19 era, Austin is one of the luckier cities, thanks to HEB. It turns out the Texas supermarket chain has a top-notch disaster-prep team and they’ve got our backs. But even though warehouses are stocked with the most in-demand products, and workers furiously restock shelves overnight, some items sell out early in the day—namely, coffee.
We don’t know about you, but if we run out of coffee for just one day, that would be a disaster on a whole other level. That’s why we offer you this list of businesses in Austin that are still roasting coffee beans for pickup and delivery. So if you’re staring down an empty coffee aisle at the market, don’t panic! Just go online and place an order from any one of the local roasteries below.
Austin Roasting Company
Customers can still get their coffee to go at Austin Roasting Company’s trailer near Callahan’s General Store at 183. But to replenish your stock of whole beans at home, with blends like Capital City or Red River Espresso, just go to ARC’s website and order coffee by the pound. They also offer subscriptions for their signature blends. ARC roasts single-origin and organic and fair trade beans, plus dark, espresso and decaf roasts. Prices start at $12.
Third Coast Coffee
Third Coast imports beans directly from small farm cooperatives in Central and South America, Africa, Asia and Indonesia. It’s possible you’ve sampled their buttery-caramel medium roast at Kerbey Lane back when life was normal. Fortunately, customers can order and pay for Third Coast Coffee beans online and then pick up your order curbside at their Congress Avenue shop. A pound of whole beans starts at $9. Orders are filled within six hours.
Wild Gift Coffee
Wild Gift Coffee’s most popular espresso blends are Rude Boy and Troublemaker. These and other roasts can be found in cafes around the city, like Creature Coffee at Native Hostel. At Wild Gift’s website, 12-ounce bags of whole beans start at around $15. You can also purchase bags of their Cascara Tea, plus weekly, bimonthly and monthly coffee subscriptions.
More than 20 years ago, Cuvée Coffee opened a coffee roastery and started a direct trade network to ensure they could consistently source beans from growing partners around the world. Men’s Journal credits Cuvée with launching a new movement: cold brew coffee charged with nitrogen. Nitro cold brew (NCB), with its smooth and creamy head, is made like Guinness draft beer. While you can’t order NCBs from Cuvée right now, customers can get their coffee beans delivered. There’s also a three, six and 12-month Cuvée of the Month club, instant coffee packs, single-serve steeped coffee bags, and coffee subscriptions.
Flat Track Coffee
Flat Track Coffee and roastery, now located on E. Cesar Chavez, got its start in a tiny nook at the back of a bookstore with just an espresso machine and a grinder. Three years later they were presented with the opportunity to move into a larger space. So the owners launched a Kickstarter campaign. Soon, 300 backers pledged almost $32,000, which helped bring the new cafe and bar to fruition. We should all visit when life gets back to normal. Until then, we can order beans by the pound. Also of note is Flat Track’s merch store. They sell collapsible dog bowls, camping-friendly coffee grinders, ceramic mugs and handmade blankets with FTC patch that comes in 16 colors.
Mozart’s has been serving coffee and pastries to Austinites since 1993. So why stop now? Customers can go online to order their in-house roasted beans by the pound. And since you’ll be swinging by to pick up your order, be sure to check out the cafe’s menu, also posted online. Not only can you order bags of whole beans, but also spices, produce, sandwiches, breads, dairy goods and more.
Just for pandemic times, Trianon Coffee has a Stay-At-Home Survival Pack, $40. It includes four pounds of four varieties of fresh-roasted beans. But you can choose from medium roast, dark roast, decaf and “coffee snob.” The latter refers to the roastery’s newest beans. If you prefer ground coffee, you can request espresso, drip or French press grind. The survival pack should get you through about four weeks of working and coffee-drinking from home. See more information about each pack at Trianon Coffee’s Survival Pack page.
Texas Coffee Traders
Like most other coffee shops, Texas Coffee Traders has temporarily closed its doors to walk-in customers, but their roastery remains open. With a reduced staff, the small, artisan coffee roaster continues to roast beans and ship orders each weekday. Customers can view Texas Coffee Traders’ “wall of coffee” online. If there’s a specific type of coffee or flavor that’s not posted on their website, feel free to email the roastery for more information.
Greater Goods Coffee Co.
“When times get weird,” says Greater Goods website, “coffee becomes essential. We’re still here.” The store continues to roast, brew and even serve coffee to customers during this “weird” time. Customers can place take-out orders for brewed coffee drinks and whole beans from the East Austin and Bee Cave locations, or have wholesale whole bean and subscription orders shipped from the roastery to your door.
Ruta Maya Coffee Company
Ruta Maya is an Austin coffee roasting company but they command a lot of real estate at stores like HEB and Costco. Unfortunately, like we said earlier, the coffee aisles are often picked clean long before the day is over. Instead of risking your health to get to the store earlier, just go to Ruta Maya’s website and get one of their custom roasts delivered to you. Their 12-ounce bags of whole bean medium roast coffee starts at just over $8.
Barrett’s Micro Roast Coffee
During the pandemic, Barrett’s is open for walk-up service. They’re also offering doorstep delivery of growlers, cold brew and whole beans by the pound. They have 13 different roasts to choose from, including their Saint Johns House blend, which changes seasonally. Most start at $18 per pound.
Little City roasts their beans to order in their climate-controlled warehouse. Right now they’re offering free, next-day delivery to customers in South and Southeast Austin neighborhoods. If you live anywhere else in the Travis County vicinity, you can still order Little City whole beans by the bag. They even have a selection of microlot coffees, which are beans harvested from smaller plots of land on a coffee plantation. These beans are also different in their “uniqueness and flavor,” according to Perfectdailygrind.com.
Civil Goat Coffee Roaster
For the time-being, customers can’t interact with the coffee shop’s onsite mascot, Butters the pygmy goat. You can schedule a coffee and food pickup (or delivery for a $3 fee) from their Lake Hills store. Civil Goat has five varieties of whole beans to choose from, starting at $14. To sign up for a subscription and get 10% off all coffees, head over to the roastery’s website.
RedHorn Coffee House & Brewing Co. in Cedar Park roasts their beans on Mondays and Wednesdays. Right now the cafe has a website for customers who want to order food, drink and whole bean coffee online. Their menu also includes locally sourced charcuterie, cheeses, baked goods, sandwiches and salads. If you have some extra time on your hands (and who doesn’t these days?), go to RedHorn’s Instagram page where you can watch videos on how to make the perfect Chemex at home and house-brewing methods.
Summer Moon Coffee
Summer Moon fires their beans in a handmade brick roaster with Texas oakwood. The process produces smooth and balanced coffees. Customers can order bags of whole beans online and either pick up at your closest store or have them delivered. Summer Moon has 16 coffee varieties to choose from. Their signature roast, Velvet Blaze, is also available in a five-pound bag ($77) or a 12-pack pod ($12). Five pounds of coffee should carry two moderate coffee drinkers for two to three weeks. And right now, the roaster s offering free shipping on orders of $20 or more.
Progress Coffee Roasting
Progress is a small batch, fully manual roasting company. What that means is that their coffee roasters have a hand in every step of the coffee-roasting process. Because Progress Coffee’s roastery is not customer-facing, they’re able to run business as usual, which happens to mean continuing to wear protective masks and constantly wiping and sanitizing everything. When customers order two or more bags of coffee, you get 20% off, plus free shipping. For anyone who wants to stock up on beans, for just $55, Progress is offering the five-pound bag of single-origin and classic-blend coffees to the public. Previously, these bulk orders were reserved for offices, restaurants and cafes.
Ever since Austin implemented social distancing rules, Plazaly has been providing you with tips on how to support your favorite businesses, including articles like Austin Restaurants Offering Curbside and Delivery. We will continue reporting on ways to navigate Austin in the era of Covid-19 and how to minimize the disruption to your way of life. So keep watching this space.