Editor's Pick: the fine coffee shops of Austin, TX
Having lived in Austin for 15 years, and spent countless hours coffee-shop camping, it's impossible to choose a singular best in the city without losing my Wi-Fi privileges everywhere else. But the city is also loaded with so many great shops! Despite the proliferation of places pulling single-origin cups, it can still be nearly impossible to find a seat, let alone a power outlet. My favorite changes like the weather.
For pure espresso excellence, I've gotta tip my hat to Caffe Medici and Houndstooth
for their ability to give you 10 adjectives for every one of their beans; Thunderbird
for being a perfect neighborhood meeting ground; Once Over
for their lower-key, oasis-like vibe; Brew & Brew
for their love of the AeroPress and emphasis on craft brews; and Cenote
for attaining a well-tuned balance of all the above qualities.
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Dan Gentile is a staff writer on Thrillist's national food and drink team. In the course of compiling this list, he drank at least 21 cups of coffee. Pray for his sleep cycle and follow late-night tweets at @Dannosphere.