Fall weather has officially arrived. We won’t witness a spectacular changing of the leaves, but we still get to enjoy the other benefits. Mainly: fall-themed coffee. While fall coffee usually revolves around pumpkin and pumpkin spice, for those not into drinking something pie-themed, there are other options too. Cozy up with your softest cardigan and a hot (or iced) cup of one of these coffee drinks from local spots around the city.
Recent addition Revival Coffee found a home in East Austin in what was formerly Vintage Heart Café. Homemade syrup made with H-E-B’s Hill Country Fare pumpkin and soy-based condensed milk come together to make Revival’s vegan-friendly pumpkin spice latte. You can also grab the house-made chai brewed in a crockpot or the very popular lavender latte or add a pumpkin spice butter bomb to your coffee from Lady Bird Provisions. For food, find Paperboy breakfast tacos in the morning and La Patisserie pumpkin spice bread every other time. Revival Coffee is also committed to helping the community. Each quarter, 10 percent of their proceeds are donated to a local charity voted on by customers (one cup equals one ticket to vote).
1405 E. 7th St. 512-524-0583, revivaltexas.com
If it’s not broken, just add some extra spice to it. The coffee chain known for its sweet and super-secret "moon milk” recipe brought back the Autumn Moon, a variation of their famous hot Summer Moon and iced Winter Moon lattes. The Autumn Moon is a spiced hot or iced “Half-Moon” latte, meaning it’s made with half the moon milk found in a full Summer Moon. You probably won’t have to look far to find it — Summer Moon has eight Austin locations.
Original location: 3115 S. First St. #1B. 512-804-1665, woodfiredcoffee.com
Often touted as one of the best cups of coffee in Austin, Houndstooth didn’t miss the opportunity to whip up two fall specialties available through the winter holidays. On the latte side, they’re offering the hot or iced Thanks-O-Latte, which is three-quarters Houndstooth latte and one-quarter actual pumpkin pie batter. They’ve also created the Ginger Wood, another version of the summertime Lime Iron, made with cold brew, maple syrup, “extra spicy ginger beer” and lime juice.
401 Congress Ave. #100C, 4200 N. Lamar Blvd #120, 2823 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. #101. houndstoothcoffee.com
Brentwood Social House
The very British, very cozy coffee shop known for its afternoon tea has added house-made maple cinnamon and buttered pecan syrups available for lattes and steamers. Brentwood Social House also features a wide selection of baked goods and lunch items, from lemon tea bread to shepherd’s pie. For the fall, they’re baking up some wonderfully dense and crumbly fall scones available on the weekends, which could include pumpkin chai, maple pecan or Mexican cocoa depending on when you go. It’s also a great place to take the kids; Brentwood has a playroom and a yard.
1601 W. Koenig Lane. 512-362-8656, brentwoodsocial.com
Formerly a truck-only coffee stop, Lucky Lab’s brick-and-mortar location near the UT campus offers a new menu each season. The seven fall specials include three different lattes, including a southern pecan latte, featuring a blend of spices and maple, fresh basil and longhorn sweet cream. Other specials include raspberry peach lemonade, a Thai tea and cold brew mixture, Texas sweet tea and a house-brewed lavender chai. There’s only bar seating inside, so it’s not always the best place to catch up with a friend, but a walk-up window and plenty of tables outside make it a nice campus stop for milder days. Bonus: The bakery sits right inside, so any day they bake pumpkin bread is a great day to stop in for some fall smells.
2421 San Antonio St. 512-420-6950, luckylabcoffee.com
The table-filled, 24-hour favorite of students has no shortage of specialty coffee throughout the year. For fall, Monkey Nest offers a blended pumpkin banana chai and a pumpkin pie latte and added a candy apple Italian soda, pumpkin white chocolate mocha and a candy corn latte to the lineup for October. For November, those last three will be replaced by a salted caramel mocha, caramel brulee latte and butterscotch latte. There’s also a fireplace in the back that makes it easy to pretend it’s a lot colder than it actually is outside.
5353 Burnet Road. 512-505-8033, monkeynestcoffee.com
Owners and Seattle natives Nicholas Buchanan and Mario Essig wanted to bring Seattle drive-thru coffee to Austin while employing those who are deaf or hard of hearing like themselves. Instead of Halloween, the coffee truck celebrates fall and All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1) with the pumpkin-based Feast of All Saints latte, honoring “all saintly men of all times.” The drink can come hot, iced or “ugly,” as the Wild West-themed coffee truck refers to its blended drinks. Located on the corner of 40th and Medical Parkway, Pepperbox is a quick stop for a hot drink.
4001 Medical Parkway. 512-710-8381 (text only), pepperboxcoffee.com