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Caffeinate Yourself at Texas Hill Country Coffee Houses

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Don’t make coffee a pit stop on your Hill Country travels. Visit these ten coffee houses as destinations instead. From cool and kitschy to classic and comforting, you’ll find the right coffee shop to get your java fix.

1. Java Ranch Espresso Bar and Café

Java Ranch Espresso Bar and Cafe Coffee Houses

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While you may not immediately think of an espresso bar that also is a cafe, Java Ranch in Fredericksburg will change your mind. This coffee shop/bakery/café serves up caffeine in a variety of styles and flavors, and you can get a full meal with your java, too. Try hot or iced coffees such as cappuccinos and mochas, and you’ll find daily coffee flavors posted in the store.

2. Cuppencake

Cuppencake Coffee

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When you want a classic, cool coffee bar that still remembers its Texas roots, check out Cuppencake, in San Antonio’s suburbs. Like many coffee houses, this one doubles as a bakery, so don’t forget a handy grab-and-go eponymous cuppencake, which is a dessert that contains all the flavors of a cake in a lidded cup. Drinks here go beyond drip coffee and standard espresso drinks, though. You can get a hot and cold affogato, which pairs vanilla ice cream with espresso. If you want something sweet and creamy, add caramelly cajeta to your drink for a Texas flair to your cup of joe.

3. Angel Donuts and Treats

Donuts from Angel Donuts and Treats

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Wake up to fresh coffee and donuts at Angel Donuts and Treats near Lake Travis, close to Austin. Not only will you find standard coffee drinks but also will you encounter exotic menu items like cold, sweet, and bold Vietnamese coffee. There’s even a boba tea that combines the best of both worlds, Vietnamese coffee and bubble tea. The unusual donuts also make this a coffee shop you won’t want to miss.

4. Bee Cave Coffee Co.

Bee Cave Coffee Cup and Pastry
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