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Austin: Home of Coffee Delivered by Scooter

20 August 2010 17,334 views 19 Comments

When my friend Jen mentioned “the coffee guy” in Hyde Park who delivers coffee that he has roasted in his garage by scooter, I knew I had to try it. I love how this guy does his marketing. He showed up in Jen’s backyard offering freshly brewed coffee one day and she’s been ordering ever since.

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Robby Jones, "The Coffee Guy" - Photo Credit: Pilot House Coffee

The Coffee Guy is Robby Jones and his company is Pilot House Coffee. He delivers coffee for free with beans roasted that day to the following Austin zip codes in Central, South, North and East Austin.

I ordered my coffee by phone because I couldn’t get the website order form to go through and the woman who helped me was very kind. She said that Robby would be delivering the coffee the next afternoon and if no one was home he’d leave it on the doorknob in a bag. That’s all good normally but I was kicking myself for not asking about delivery to my office because the bag ended up sitting out in the triple digit heat for at least five hours.

Pilot House Coffee Town Lake Blend

Pilot House Coffee Town Lake Blend

I ordered the “Town Lake,” a medium roasted blend of beans from South America and Sumatra. The cost was almost $15 for a pound of coffee but there’s a discount if you sign up for one of the delivery plans. The freshly roasted beans smelled wonderful. Unfortunately, my first cup wasn’t as rich and flavorful as I’d hoped.

All in all, I do think that Pilot House is a fun concept and I hope they do well. I love that they live in the community where they deliver and that the beans are roasted that day. However, I fear another local roaster, Cuvee Coffee, sold at a handful of local coffee shops, already has my heart. The folks at Cuvee are obsessed with quality in every step of the process — from the farms where the berries are grown, to the bags in which they are shipped, to the exact temperatures during roasting, to the daily deliveries of roasted coffee to their barista customers.

Coffee Grinder

Coffee Grinder

I know there are lots of local coffee roasters in Austin that serve a variety of coffee shops — Owl Tree, Texas Coffee Traders, Anderson’s, and Kohana come to mind. What are some of your favorites?

Related Post: Cuvee Coffee Roasting Company Tour

Aug. 26, 2010 UPDATE:  Robby, “The Coffee Guy” sent a thank you note. That is some classy stuff and just good business! Also, I believe he does that for all new customers since I saw it mentioned on their Yelp page by a reviewer also.

thank you note pilot

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  • Becky

    I like Kohana it is not only locally brewed but has a fabulous flavor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jettemomant Jetté Momant

    Hello, Jodi!

    As you know, I'm a huge fan of Kohana Coffee (http://www.kohanacoffee.com), locally owned, roasted in South Austin, and a certified woman owned biz.

    I love how much love the roaster/co-owner Piper Jones, puts into her coffee and into her customers. The Kohana team roasts the coffee to order so it is always fresh and flavorful. I tend to always need cream in sugar in my coffee but Kohana is naturally tasty. I buy my Kohana at Central Market but its also at Whole Foods, Hot Mama's and Blue Dahlia.

    (Full disclosure, I used to do the PR for Kohana but I will always be a fan)

  • Becky

    I like Kohana it is not only locally brewed but has a fabulous flavor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jettemomant Jetté Momant

    Hello, Jodi!

    As you know, I'm a huge fan of Kohana Coffee (http://www.kohanacoffee.com), locally owned, roasted in South Austin, and a certified woman owned biz.

    I love how much love the roaster/co-owner Piper Jones, puts into her coffee and into her customers. The Kohana team roasts the coffee to order so it is always fresh and flavorful. I tend to always need cream in sugar in my coffee but Kohana is naturally tasty. I buy my Kohana at Central Market but its also at Whole Foods, Hot Mama's and Blue Dahlia.

    (Full disclosure, I used to do the PR for Kohana but I will always be a fan)

  • Bernie

    I like Kohana's cold brew. It's great during these hot Texas summers when I need a pick me up and with out all the sugar in a soda or redbull.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregackerman Greg Ackerman
  • Libby

    My favorite is Kohana Mexican Organic. Hands down…the best.

  • http://twitter.com/foodiethenew40 Michelle Cheng

    Is this the 2010 version of the Soup Peddler?

  • jodibart

    Hi Jette – I agree that Kohana is delicious. I haven't had some in a while but will definitely have to buy a bag soon. I love that they are woman-owned also.

  • jodibart

    Thanks for sharing that great piece, Greg! Piper and I have been trying to set up a time that I can come by and check out the roasting process. Hopefully I'll get to see it one day soon!

  • jodibart

    Good to know, Libby! Have you tried Rockin' Like Austin also?

  • jodibart

    Something like that, right?!

  • http://www.aboutcoffees.com/ K Cups

    The bag being left in the sun for that many hours probably effected the flavor. Shame. They probably got roasted again.

  • jodibart

    You're probably right about that, K Cups. Big shame!

  • http://twitter.com/jenneraustin Jenner Austin

    I adore Kohana, especially Panama and Flores Bajawa for cold brew.

  • http://twitter.com/jenneraustin Jenner Austin

    I adore Kohana, especially Panama and Flores Bajawa for cold brew.

  • Piper Jones

    a HUGE thank you to all Kohanaholics out there – we so much appreciate you and your enthusiasm for our coffee. At Kohana we work hard to bring great coffees to those that value them so your responses means a lot.

    And Jodi, we're going to make time….just for YOU!

    Piper

  • Piper Jones

    a HUGE thank you to all Kohanaholics out there – we so much appreciate you and your enthusiasm for our coffee. At Kohana we work hard to bring great coffees to those that value them so your responses means a lot.

    And Jodi, we're going to make time….just for YOU!

    Piper

  • Piper Jones

    a HUGE thank you to all Kohanaholics out there – we so much appreciate you and your enthusiasm for our coffee. At Kohana we work hard to bring great coffees to those that value them so your responses means a lot.

    And Jodi, we're going to make time….just for YOU!

    Piper