A few years ago, we started a series called Bullet Point Coffee Shop Reviews. At the time, Catherine was consoling herself with the loss of her “old Austin” favorites, Cafe Mundi and Little City, and she was on a mission to explore new-to-her places and provide you with a quick overview (side note: did you hear about Little City’s recent successful Kickstarter campaign?) As a service to you, our loyal readers, and because we are still looking for excuses to get out of the house, we are bringing these reviews back. If you have any suggestions, please let us know in the comments or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It was that time again. Time to have a LiveMom editorial meeting. Catherine was going to be on South Congress for a lunch meeting and we’d need to meet in the morning. I used to work on South Congress pre-kid and so I quickly suggested one of my fave coffee joints down that way: Dominican Joe Coffee Shop. Somewhat hidden behind a Wells Fargo at the corner of Congress and Riverside, I knew it would be a great spot to meet and get a little caffeine boost to make it through the day.
When I arrived, I remember Dominican Joe’s shares a parking lot with several other businesses, including Freebirds. It is a busy — and a little bit tight — parking lot, but I didn’t have any trouble finding a spot close to the door.
Catherine had already found a spot on a counter-like table, overlooking the back patio. I settled in and happily shared her very tasty pumpkin muffin. After a productive few hours, we parted ways.
- The aforementioned courtyard is a nice option when it’s nice weather or when you need some fresh air. We visited on a school day, but if you have kids in tow or if you are in the area during the summer, they could hang out on the patio and not disturb the other patrons.
- Plenty of seating, even when the shop is busy. The shop is cozy without feeling cramped and the different types of seating make for a very casual feel, as though you are hanging out in a friend’s living room.
- We notes the 80s music playing while we were there. Nice!
- The interior is visually pleasing. The flooring is wide-planked and the multi-level design make it feel as though you are in a comfortable home, instead of a coffee shop downtown.
- Speaking of downtown, for a coffee shop so close to downtown, there is ample parking.
- Did I mention the muffin was very tasty? It was.
- Last, but certainly not least, Dominican Joe buys coffee directly from a farming community in the Dominican Republic. This means that there is no middle man, so the families which are part of the community see a larger share of the profits. Read more about the partnership here.
- It was hard to come up with any downsides (Catherine has already declared this her favorite coffee shop), but if we had to come up with something, it’s that the parking lot is a little hectic and spots are a bit narrow. That said, this was a very minor issue that didn’t stop us from an enjoyable visit!
Check it out and let us know what you think. Where is your favorite coffee shop in the Austin area?
*Disclosure: LiveMom was not compensated to write this review. All food and beverage products consumed during this review were purchased by LiveMom.
515 South Congress Ave.
If you like coffee, here are some other reviews in the series:
- Flightpath Coffee House
- Epoch Coffee
- Monkey Nest Coffee
- Texas French Bread
- Corona Cafe
- Thunderbird Coffee
- Walton’s Fancy and Staple
- The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf