One of the most respected names in Third Wave coffee is ready for its Texas debut. Intelligentsia Coffee will open next Wednesday at 607 W. Third St. in the Third + Shoal tower downtown.
The company that was founded in Chicago will have some Texas flavor. The shop will sell baked goods from Easy Tiger and Sour Duck Market and the coffeebar designed by Austin-based architect Scott Magic will feature Texas limestone intended to echo Texas swimming holes and a mural created using recycled bricks by local artist Erin Curtis.
Intelligentsia will celebrate its opening day with three giveaways on opening day from 7a.m. to noon. Prizes include:
One year of free Intelligentsia coffee (valid at Intelligentsia Coffeebars for one free cold coffee or 12oz. hot coffee a day)
An Askanosie chocolate library, containing 15 premium, single origin, direct trade chocolate bars
Two music + camping tickets to the 14th Annual Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love in Marfa.
The daily coffee menus will feature single-origin coffees curated each morning by baristas, along with six coffee and tea drinks will be available on-tap. Austin even gets a little love with a drink created especially for this market,, The Roadrunner (cold coffee, fresh pressed grapefruit juice and soda over ice). Following opening day, Intelligentsia will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Current Austinite Doug Zell and Emily Mange founded Intelligentsia Coffee in Chicago in 1995; Peet’s Coffee and Tea purchased and a majority stake in the company was purchased by in 2015.