By Lara Berendt
I’ve been excited to visit Summermoon Coffee Bar since I first read their many rave reviews on Yelp, but I live northeast of downtown, and don’t get to South Austin very often. Today I finally stopped into the chic lounge on South First Street and, although it’s sort of a hole in the wall, it exceeded my expectations.
The shop has a small parking lot, a cozy little patio, and a beautifully decorated interior. As I approached the counter I was warmly greeted by a barista, who guided me through my order. I knew I wanted to try one of their signature coffee drinks, the Summermoon (a hot latte) or the Wintermoon (an iced latte), but I don’t like anything terribly sweet, and I don’t usually drink milk.
After counseling me, the barista suggested an iced soy milk Quartermoon, which would be significantly less sweet than a regular Wintermoon or a Halfmoon. All of these signature drinks contain a mysterious mix of several ingredients, about which the baristas are rumored to be very secretive.
I ordered a spinach empanada to accompany my mystery drink. Both items were delicious, and I can’t wait to return to try other treats. The menu also includes more traditional (and straightforward) coffee drinks, pizza, pastries, breakfast tacos and their organic, fire-roasted coffee beans are available by the bag. I must warn, however, that my tab for the drink and empanada came to more than $7 before tip, so be prepared to pay a little extra for those divine secret ingredients.
While small, the shop’s interior has plenty of tables and outlets, making it an ideal work/study spot. The music was perfect—I think I heard Andrew Bird crooning while I was munching. Above all, the baristas were exceedingly friendly and helpful, making my whole experience a pleasure. The next time I’m in the South Austin area, I’ll make it a point to revisit this shop for another decadent coffee drink.
Summermoon Coffee Bar
3115 S. First St., Ste. 1B
Austin, TX 78704
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