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Caffeinate Yourself at Texas Hill Country Coffee Houses

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For a fresh morning brew roasted by artisans who live to produce the finest cup of coffee, check out Bee Cave Coffee Co. in Austin. At Bee Cave, they’re serious about perfection, and the two locations strive to offer plenty of educational opportunities – tastings, cuppings, and seminars – to teach coffee lovers more about the drink they cannot live without.

5. Kingsland Coffee Co.

Kingsland Coffee House's logo

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Two words: bottomless cup. Few things draw coffee lovers more than the promise of a bottomless cup of java in a comfortable atmosphere. Located in Kingsland at the Antler’s Inn, the Kingsland Coffee Co. offers tasty coffee drinks, including a bottomless cup. The inn’s large porch and breezes from nearby Lake LBJ beckon coffee drinkers to enjoy their coffee alfresco. It will be a morning you won’t forget.

6. Sa-Ten Coffee and Eats

If your tastes lean toward the more exotic, you must check out Austin’s Sa-Ten Coffee and Eats. This coffee house features a heavy Japanese influence on the menu, but you’ll still find all your favorite coffee house standbys: cappuccinos, lattes, mochas and more. If you’re hungry, vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan dishes are clearly labeled on the menu, which includes dishes such as chicken curry teriyaki, toast plates, and chicken katsu.

7. Local Coffee

Local Coffee House's Sign

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San Antonio’s Local Coffee offers residents an alternative to larger chain coffeehouses. This minor group of six coffee shops features coffee from their own local roaster, Merit Roasting Co., which means that you’ll get the freshest cup in a cool, laid-back café with industrial accents. Make Local Coffee a stop on your next outing if you love coffee from people who are obsessed with creating a perfect cup.

8. Wake the Dead Coffee House

In San Marcos, among the coffee houses available, you’ll find a self-described “funky” place that feels like you just walked onto a Tim Burton film set. Wake the Dead Coffee House has coffee drinks galore, a study area, live music, and movie nights. Whether you want a hot java to perk you up for a cram session or if you want a cool coffee to chill you out on a summer’s day, you’ll find your perfect drink at this coffee house, and there are social events to match your mood, too. Everything from improv to poetry to music, even those with eclectic tastes can find something to satisfy.

9. 2Rivers Coffeehouse

Situated in New Braunfels, 2Rivers Coffeehouse has an atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re spending an afternoon at an old friend’s house. The cozy interior, freshly baked goods and hot coffee drinks entice patrons to stay, but if you’re on the run, pick up a 96-ounce “Joe to Go.” This coffee service lets you bring any of the hot coffees at 2Rivers with you to serve eight people.

10. The Dienger Trading Co.


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Is your idea of a relaxing afternoon shopping and sipping a latte? Why not do both at Boerne’s unique Dienger Trading Co. This is more than just a coffee counter at a shop. You can order a full meal for breakfast or lunch in addition to coffee drinks you’ll be hard-pressed to find at other coffee houses. Listed on the menu, you’ll find a mochalita, a tres leches latte, a John Wayne, and a miel, and on the shopping side, you’ll find everything from furniture to children’s clothing.

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