While there are plenty of design-forward coffee shops in Austin, Figure 8 manages to strike a balance between aesthetic and authenticity. Open since 2014, Figure 8 was one of the first coffee shops to cater to discerning Eastside residents serving coffee brewed with beans from lauded small-batch roasters, a shiny La Marzocco Linea espresso machine serving as the shop’s focal point. Sure, there are plenty of focused AirPod-wearing patrons, but it’s clear that many are regulars and that co-owners Kathleen Carmichael and Ryan Hall know them by name. What’s more, exciting expansion plans are in the works to bring Figure 8’s beans and brews to Hyde Park.
Best for coffee bean connoisseurs: Fleet Coffee
This tiny, angular coffee shop in East Austin has the best multi-roster beans selection in town, hands down, pulling from a variety of roasters all over the country. While there are some stand-bys (like Madcap and Sweet Bloom) you can expect to find wonderful oddballs from roasters using innovative techniques with unique beans. Small-batch roasters develop relationships with farmers from around the world, giving them access to beans you’d never see roasted in huge commercial roasteries. Insanely complex and interesting flavors are the result of this painstaking, niche category of the coffee industry. See what we’re talking about by ordering a Kalita pour over from the friendly, knowledgeable crew. We’d also recommend The Ritual, a churro-infused cortado served with a Mexican wedding cookie.