Classic Coffee Shop in East Austin
Our third day in Austin
started much like the first two did--with coffee. Well, technically lattes. This time at Thunderbird Coffee on Manor Road. At about 9:30 am on a Monday, we arrived too late for any of the TacoDeli breakfast tacos they serve, but there's always other options nearby for food. Thunderbird is actually one of Austin's older 3rd wave shops. It has two locations, this one and one farther north in the Brentwood neighborhood. They do not roast there beans, instead taking the opportunity to serve coffee and espresso from a variety of roasters, local and non-local. Cuvée Coffee, which is probably Austin's biggest, or at least best known, roaster serves as the primary source of coffee beans, but the day we were there espresso from another local roaster I was less familiar with, Round Rock's Wild Gift was on offer. We each opted to try this espresso as a latte. While it would end up not being the best latte of the day, it was still quite nice. The floor of the espresso shone through the milk nicely, while not being too overpowering. A latte that people accustomed to sweeter coffee drinks could still drink with no sugar added. There's a small shelf with beans for sale and beer on tap as well. The latte art is well done and the baristas are very friendly (or at least ours was). Definitely a great option if you're staying nearby.