Cuvee Coffee Bar off East 6th
Cuvee (pronounced ‘coo-vay’) is the ultimate coffee experience in Austin. Their tagline is “Dedicated to the craft since 1998“). The modest roastery has been around for over 20 years selling and supplying coffee to many of Austin’s famous restaurants and eateries.
What makes their coffee unique is the relationship they have to their network of farmer-partners. Which allows them to team up and “try new and exciting ways to grow, process, and present coffee“.
In 2014, Founder Mike McKim decided he needed to shake his coffee roasting business up and decided to open a coffee bar all on his own. Thinking of it as the ultimate test subject. His coffee supplied so many other shops and homes around town, that now was his chance to see what it would be like to brew and sell his own coffee in his own coffee shop.
In a loft space off east 6th sits Cuvee Coffee. The Coffee Bar is decorated in the same Cuvee shades of blue that are on their packaging. It has plenty of space, low lights and big windows allowing lots of natural light to pour in, and best of all… No Public Wifi. You might be wondering why that’s a good thing, but the intention is to create real human interactions. There are no rules about being on your computer. In fact, you’re free to bring your own wifi. But they hope that you’ll come here and read a book, or talk with a group of friends around the bar.
Cuvee Coffee Bar is also a neighborhood bar. Offering morning boozy beverages inspired by their community, like the Michelada and the Mucho-Mosa.
Micheladas are a traditional Mexican drink made with clamato juice and a Mexican beer. At Cuvee they’ve put their spin on it by making it with local Texas ingredients. Like Austin’s own ‘Lauren’s Garden Mix’, and local serranos, tomatoes, and garlic. To top it all off is a Texas beer. Right now they’re using the Sidewinder from Revolver Brewing Company. (Cuvee offers 12 rotating beers on tap, as well as a red wine and prosecco on tap.)
Another drink they’ve added to the menu is the Mucho-Mosa. It’s made with their on-tap prosecco, all natural orange juice, and rimmed with chili lime salt for some bite. I love mimosas, so the generous pour in the beer mug with the added spice of the chili lime salt made this a Mucho-Mucho-Bueno-Mosa.
I also heard they had a coffee and beer beverage, and just had to give it a try. It’s called Black & Brew and is made with their signature ‘Black & Blue Nitro Cold Brew’, and Left Hand Milk Stout on Nitro. The Black & Blue cold brew is blasted with Nitrogen giving it a very smooth texture. I was a little unsure what cold brew and beer would taste like together, but they were very complimentary. That, and it drank like butter.
Now your favorite neighborhood bar can serve you something for your Monday and your Friday!