The art of coffee brewing has fallen by the wayside in recent years, with many shops simply toasting water to a deep brown and hoping that nobody notices the difference. Go back to the halcyon days of gourmet bean juice with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get two lattes (up to a $12.50 value), two paninis (up to a $12.98 value), and a half-pound of specialty coffee (a $7.50 value) at Strange Brew, Austin Coffee (up to a $32.98 total value).
Strange Brew’s dedicated coffee connoisseurs routinely battle Colombian jungle cats and Italian sandwich artists to bring home the choicest beans and grilled paninis for their customers’ round-the-clock enjoyment. Specially formulated to pair well with bohemian nonchalance, Strange Brew’s creamy concoctions keep palates pleased and brain cells alert in single (12 oz.) and double (16 oz.) servings. A latte flavored with chocolate, white chocolate, or caramel sauce promises dessert-like decadence, though the foam-topped treat is equally satisfying without any added syrups or tomato paste. Signature paninis served on sourdough, wheat, or marble rye include The B-Roe reuben, piled with pastrami and sauerkraut, and the vegetarian Hippy, a mix of provolone cheese and sun-dried tomato pesto that's best held between two stiff fingers. Postmeal, patrons can grab a half-pound bag of fair-trade medium-roast Columbian or dark-roast Italian coffee beans to plug into their at-home percolators.
Those reluctant to leave the café’s free WiFi and cozy couches will delight to hear that Strange Brew stays open 24 hours a day, nine days a week. Committed to supporting Austin’s thriving creative community, the coffee shop doubles as a venue where artists showcase their works and musicians dedicate ballads to steamy french-pressed lovers.
5326 Manchaca Rd.
Austin, Texas 78745