Now that we scout the Austin coffee trail almost every day for ongoing series of guides (see below), we can report on happy openings, too. This one has been active on my usual walking path for two months, but I just noticed out of the corner of my eye for the first time today.
Apanas Coffee & Beer. 1007 S. Congress Ave. 512-387-3340. apanascoffe.com. 7 a.m.-11p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. Street parking. Wi-Fi “apanas guest” password “apanas.” Decaf (Americano), teas, chai. Lively music. Quiet corners.
What great timing. And a great location. This southern colony of a shop that opened in the Domain in January fills the old Kiwi sports medicine slot on South Congress. It sits on the sidewalk level of a large apartment complex. Premiered a few weeks ago by owner Aamil Sarfani, originally from San Antonio, it’s large. Very large. The L-shaped interior is brightened by light wood panels and buttery hues. An extra-long counter winks at guests with espresso-based drinks, drip coffees, teas, juices, pastries, hearty sandwiches and pub grub. More than a dozen beers can be had on tap. One can choose, too, from multiple outdoor tables set next to the busy avenue. A couple of imports from the world of bars: different happy hours each day and (muted) TVs above the seating areas near the counter. But there are plenty of places to focus here. The sharp staff is ready to serve, inspired by Sarfani, who stayed at a coffee farm in Nicaragua during college — the shop is named after a lake there — and figured out how to offer the farmers “double fair trade” for their distinctive beans.
We’ll add Apanas to the South Congress guide below.