Madrone Mountain Coffee—which opened in 2019 with production and manufacturing based out of Liberty Hill in Williamson County—held a soft opening July 17 for its first storefront, located at 31560 RR 12, Ste. 206, Dripping Springs.
Co-founder Jake Sussman said the location has a small espresso-tasting bar with a rotating menu of craft coffee drinks based on that week’s in-house roast. It also offers whole-bean pickup—with custom roasts made to a customer’s liking—and will serve as the packing and shipping site for online delivery orders.
Madrone Mountain Coffee also has subscription plans with beans available for pickup or delivery on a schedule.
Sussman, who lives in Dripping Springs, said he believes there is “a coffee for everyone” and that the company focuses on connecting customers with new, fresh coffee that matches their tastes.
“The idea is that we are very small-batch, and we can basically find a coffee profile or flavor profile that matches a number of different tastes,” he said. “We see customers who have a variety of different coffee palates, from those who are super sophisticated coffee fanatics who know exactly what they like to those who just say they like black coffee and that we take off of Folgers.”
Due to the ongoing pandemic, drink service will only be available for curbside pickup for the time being, and high sanitization practices are being followed, Sussman said. But the goal is for the espresso-tasting bar to open to in-person service in the future once it is safe to do so. Cold brew growlers are also available to go, and espresso tastings and custom roasting can be scheduled by appointment.
“We have limited space, so it's not going to be a traditional coffee shop where people come in and just squat, but we think that people come in and either grab some brewed coffee, grab fresh coffee beans, or actually take part in the roasting process with us,” he said. “We would love to provide coffee education, too, both in the brewing and roasting sense. At the end of the day, our mission is to connect people with great coffee.”