How do you take it? A guide to local coffee shops in New Braunfels

Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper
Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper

Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper

Whether you take your coffee black, with plenty of cream and sugar, or somewhere in between, these nine area coffee shops have options to match a variety of caffeine preferences. Each cafe in this guide is locally owned or part of a chain that started in New Braunfels. This list is not comprehensive.


2 Rivers Coffee

Opened in 2007, 2Rivers Coffee offers locally-roasted coffee from Friday Coffee Roasters as well as pastries and breakfast options. Owner Jordan Thiem purchased the shop in the spring of 2020 and has focused on refreshing the space and menu since taking over.

What to try: Thiem recommends a pour-over coffee, a brewing method that he says offers the best flavor. For something a little bit sweeter, he recommends the popular frozen 2 Rivers mocha.

Recent updates: After purchasing the shop, Thiem and his team renovated the interior to accommodate groups and individuals more comfortably and organized the space to promote social distancing measures. Thiem also closed interior dining and only offered drive-thru services until the fall.

830-643-0032

www.2riverscoffee.com

2351 TX-337 Loop, New Braunfels

Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

Sat.-Sun. 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

2tarts Bakery

Located in downtown New Braunfels, 2tarts Bakery specializes in seasonal pastries, custom cakes, breakfast baked goods and locally sourced coffee.

“At 2tarts Bakery we put equal love and care into our baked goods and our coffee program,” said co-owner April Ryan. “We also love being in the heart of downtown and can provide a welcoming environment to the entire community.”

What to try: April recommends the cold brew, which is available to-go in 32 oz growlers, and the dirty chai.

Recent updates: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, 2tarts repurposed its dinning room and expanded its retail offerings to include planners, Holiday party decor and 2tarts merchandise. Limited outdoor seating is available.

830-387-4606

www.2tarts.com

139 N. Castell Ave., Ste. 300, New Braunfels

Mon. 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tues.-Thurs., Sun. 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Fri.-Sat. 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Boba Tea and Java Haus

Specializing in customizable bubble teas, smoothies, pastries and coffee drinks, Boba Tea and Java Haus features a prayer wall for customers to leave prayer requests, as well as a “tiny library” where guests can take and leave books.

What to try: Owner Nusha Bladinieres recommends new customers try the horchata coffee, matcha latte, lavender milk tea or coconut matcha milk tea which are all made with organic sugar syrup that is made in house.

Recent updates: Indoor and outdoor seating are available at Java Haus and Bladinieres plans to expand the menu in 2021 to include lunch options.

830-632-5361

160 Creekside Way #402, New Braunfels

Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Crosswalk Coffeehouse and Café

In addition to coffee, Crosswalk Coffeehouse and Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner options and has outdoor patio seating.

What to try: During the winter, a favorite at Crosswalk is the wassail cider. The shop also features flavored coffees like the mandarin mocha and the s’mores latte, as well as house-made quiche and other pastries.

Recent updates: Customers can order online through the cafe’s ordering system or on the Toast Takeout app.

830-620-7200

www.crosswalkcoffee.com

471 Main Plaza, New Braunfels

Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sat.-Sun. 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Gruene Coffee Haus

Family owned and operated, Gruene Coffee Haus uses coffee beans roasted in their in-house roaster and also offers beer and wine from Dry Comal Creek Vineyards and pastries from Hope Haus Bakery.

“We are a family-owned business, exclusively run by women, and the only coffee shop located in the Historic District of Gruene,” said owner Kelly Hall. “We are not only an espresso bar, but we are also a coffee roastery, which means we have a coffee roaster in our little shop and roast coffee (almost daily) for ourselves and for over 30 other coffee shops and establishments.”

What to try: One of the best sellers is the shop’ hand-crafted Texas Pecan coffee and Hall recommends guests try one of the popular seasonal options, such as the gingersnap latte.

Recent updates: Gruene Coffee Haus recently built a pergola to provide shade for the updated outdoor seating options.

1720 Hunter Rd., New Braunfels

830-625-5527

www.gruenecoffee.com

Mon.-Sun. 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Kora Kora Coffee

Located in Gruene Lake Village, Kora Kora Coffee aims to make high-end coffee accessible to customers with varied tastes, owner Josh Cunningham said. The shop offers a variety of espresso drinks created by baristas trained in the techniques of the Specialty Coffee Association of America.

What to try: Cunningham recommends the shop’s signature cold brew and seasonal flavors like pumpkin spice and gingerbread that are available all year.

Recent updates: Due to coronavirus restrictions, the shop is only offering drive-through and walk-up window service, though customers can enjoy their drinks at available outdoor seating.

830-643-1309

www.korakoracoffee.com

2348 Gruene Lake Dr., New Braunfels

Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Sat.-Sun. 7:30 a.m.-6:30 a.m.

New Braunfels Coffee

Located off the circle in downtown New Braunfels, New Braunfels Coffee serves breakfast, lunch, coffee and tea.

What to try: Customer favorites include cinnamon rolls, kolaches and danishes that are made fresh daily, as well as classic lattes. If customers want to try something new, the shop also offers bubble tea in a variety of flavors.

Recent updates: New Braunfels Coffee offers products from Toffee House Sweets, a company that specializes in English toffee that is available to order online.

830-643-0098

www.newbraunfelscoffee.com

489 Main Plaza, New Braunfels

Mon.-Wed. 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Thurs.-Fri. 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

On The Grind Coffee

Founded in New Braunfels, On The Grind Coffee operates six coffee stands throughout Central Texas, three of which are in New Braunfels. The coffee shop offers customers a fast coffee option with their drive-thru-only model.

What to try: On the Grind offers a wide variety of flavored coffees, energy drinks and lemonades in addition to fruit smoothies and milkshakes.

Recent updates: The shop is planning to open several new locations in New Braunfels and Schertz in 2021. The new New Braunfels locations will be on Seguin Avenue and Walnut Avenue.

830-310-1776

1661 S. Seguin Ave., New Braunfels

993 Hwy. 46, New Braunfels

1293 FM 306, New Braunfels

Sun.-Fri. 5 a.m.-9 p.m.

Sat. 5 a.m.-10 p.m.

Wicked Voodoo Espresso

Founded in New Braunfels, Wicked Voodoo Espresso operates both a drive-thru and a sit-down location in the city and uses locally sourced coffee from Texas Coffee Traders in Austin.

What to try: Barista Danielle Hernandez recommends customers try Voodoo’s signature drink which is a blended frappuccino with mocha and white chocolate.

Recent updates: Voodoo Wine and Coffee Bar opened at 103 Gattusso Road, New Braunfels in November and is owned and operated by Wicked Voodoo Espresso.

830-358-1118

www.wickedvoodooespresso.com

2154 Gabriels Place #106, New Braunfels

513 I-35 Business Loop, New Braunfels

Mon.-Fri. 5 a.m.-7 p.m.

Sat. 6 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sun. 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
By Lauren Canterberry

Reporter, New Braunfels

Lauren joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in October 2019. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, Lauren was a freelance journalist and worked as a college English teacher in China. At CI, Lauren covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in New Braunfels.