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Published on May 29, 2024
Austin Says Goodbye to East Sixth’s Beloved Cuvee Coffee, New Downtown Locale Brews UpSource: Google Street View

It's the end of an era for Austin's caffeine enthusiasts as Cuvee Coffee shuts down its East Sixth Street outpost after nearly a decade in operation. Blame the city's ever-increasing rent, which has led Cuvee to not renew its lease, as reported by Eater Austin. Wednesday marked the last day for the popular coffee spot in the Holly neighborhood, a locale known for slinging various caffeinated drinks and boozy concoctions like espresso martinis.

But for those loyal to Cuvee's particular brew, all's not lost. The coffee company has already perked up a new cafe in downtown Austin, taking residence in the condo high-rise, Natiivo at 48 East Avenue. According to the Eater Austin, the new spot started welcoming java junkies back in February and features not just coffee and espressos, but cocktails too, perhaps to soothe the sting of its original location's closure.

The story of Cuvee Coffee is one grounded in passion and perseverance. Its roots can be traced back to 1998 when founder and CEO Mike McKim took up the craft after being inspired by his uncle. What started with peddling espresso machines and roasting beans in a warehouse, bloomed into a business that has been named one of America's top 25 coffee shops. As per The Daily Texan, the legacy of Cuvee Coffee, from its early days to hitting major strides in 2011 with innovations like nitro cold brew—is now a common sight even in big chains like Starbucks.

Despite being a trailblazer in the specialty coffee space, Mike McKim emphasizes hospitality over haughtiness. "Specialty coffee can be intimidating and elitist," McKim told The Daily Texan. He instructs his baristas to prioritize service over showmanship, ensuring customers get what they want without feeling out of their depth. The new C Bar continues this tradition, mixing coffee culture with cocktail craft, while the brand's acclaim grows both locally and nationally.