I find myself in Austin this weekend combining an opportunity to bring the family down to see Granny and Granddaddy and do the CapTex Triathlon tomorrow on Memorial Day. Donna came with me after worship at Northwest (and carb loading at the Cheesecake Factory) to pick up my race packet and drop off my bike. After browsing around the Expo we hopped back in the car and guess what time it was? Yep, it was time for coffee!
I asked the parking attendant on the way out of the garage where the best coffee in downtown Austin was and he paused for a moment before saying, “Well there’s a Starbucks around the corner”. Down, but not out, I wipe the tears from my eyes and type “nearby coffee” into the ol’ iPhone and sure enough, multiple bogies immediately pop up.
Within 5 minutes, we pull up to Dominican Joe.
This coffee shop started in the mid-2000’s with a goal of providing great coffee to downtown Austin and improving the lives of families in the Dominican Republic through the purchase of Fair Trade coffee. Located along South Congress just outside downtown proper, it sits in a small strip center with fairly decent parking. It boasts generous indoor seating as well as outdoor on the patio. It was fairly packed on this warm Sunday afternoon but had plenty of room to sit and enjoy the afternoon java.
Donna ordered her drink of choice, a soy latte and I opted for my typical Cortado. Their menu offered a Cortadito which is a sweetened version of the Cortado. It uses a splash of condensed milk to add that touch of sweetness, but as I already had my honey with me, I needed no extra sweetness and requested a straight Cortado.
My Cortado was outstanding but Donna said her latte was a tad on the cool side with a bit too much foam for a typical latte. The flavor of the beans was smooth and strong and was well drawn. We did not sample any of their food items, but they offered typical pastries along with some breakfast and lunch items prepared by local popular eateries.
All in all, this downtown Austin establishment seems to be meeting its goal of serving good coffee with a mission. If you find yourself in downtown Austin someday and need a jolt of java, you will not be disappointed at Dominican Joe.
Brew on, fellow coffee hunters and safe travels over this holiday weekend!