Coffee Talk: Third Coast CoffeeBy Megan Giller | May 13, 2014 By Megan Giller | May 13, 2014
Earlier today we told you about seven baristas you should know in Austin, but now it’s time to talk about some actual beans you should know (slash drink). Third Coast Coffee is an organic, cooperatively traded craft-roasted local coffee roaster, and lucky for us Austinites, they recently opened a shop where you can take a tour, try their coffees and buy beans. You can also find their coffees at restaurants around town like Cipollina, Kerbey Lane and Sazon and their beans at stores like Wheatsville and in.gredients.
So what makes their coffee special? They use cooperative trading methods and visit the farmers to work on quality, cupping and roasting methods. Third Coast is also a member of Cooperative Coffees, “a green coffee importing cooperative” in the U.S. and Canada. In addition to using organic coffees, they use transitional coffees, which means the beans are grown using organic methods but are not yet certified organic.
Last but not least, owner and head roaster Joe Lozano has over 20 years of experience creating balanced roasts by hand, and Third Coast offers single-origin coffees from South America, Central America and Africa and the Pacific, as well as special blends and decaf. Check out their tasting room and roastery at 4402 S. Congress Avenue Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM.