our story

deep in the hearth of texas

On the 27th of June, 2002, our family opened Summer Moon Coffee in Austin, Texas. We began, simply as a coffee bar, but quickly our attention turned to coffee roasting. In 2004, inspired by the early American coffee roasters and the simplicity of their tools: brick, fire and wood, we set out to craft custom coffee roasts we can be truly proud to call our own.

The master blacksmith does not improve through the years by upgrading their anvil, forge or hammer. Their craft is only heightened by the creativity, passion and experience put into it. The same is true for the artisan craft of wood-fired coffee roasting.

With no blueprints to follow, no Wikipedia page to reference, we designed and built our roaster from scratch, and laid each and every brick by hand. The fire and brick have remained the same but our craft has evolved through the ten years we've dedicated to mastering this art and to learning about the natural affinity between coffee, wood and flame.

If you ask why we invested everything we have in 19th century technology . . . you haven’t tasted our coffee. With two generations at the helm, this is a true labor of love. This is coffee unplugged.

coffee: unplugged

the coffee

the only thing greener is envy



coffee: unplugged

Revisiting the craft of 19th century coffee roasters, we built a one-of-a-kind hearth, brick by brick, with no power cord or
start button. It takes three people to custom hand-roast our coffee every day.



coffee beans

Our beans are the best of the best - Central and South America, Africa and Indonesia.
90% Fair Trade 100% Organic 100% Arabica
Zero Shelf Stock - All orders custom roasted and shipped.



texas oak

Our days begin with collecting, hand-splitting and stacking one of nature’s finest resources: Texas Oak.



flame

We tend the flames as the oak heats the firebrick to the perfect temperature. The difference between good coffee and
great coffee is the control and consistency of the heat. Sight, sound and smell are the only tools employed to determine
the readiness of both the fire we tend, and the coffee we roast.



rhythm

We use no gas or electricity in our commercial roaster. We employ a wood fire for heat and human
ingenuity (muscle) to power our roaster- spinning the wheels at the perfect R.P.M.



perfection

The wood, flames, firebrick and smoke do the heavy lifting, while we tend the fire and keep the beans in motion…The coffee
tells US when it’s ready!



family

We drew upon our collective talents to build a roaster true to our heritage fired by our passion for great coffee. We strive
to craft a coffee worthy of our efforts and a business that will keep us together for years to come.






the roasts

Afterglow
Swinging Lantern
Spark
Inferno
Beach Fire
Flickering
Flying Cinder
En Fuego
Sweet Hearth
Billowing
Signal
Camp Fire
Blue Blazes
Velvet Blaze

wood-fired news

"i simply cannot start my day without my wintermoon!"
-s dodds

locations

the south first original

3115 1st St S, Suite 1B / Austin, TX 78704
(512) 804-1665
Mon - Fri: 6 am - 12 am / Sat: 8 am - 10 pm / Sun: 8 am - 8 pm
menu

historic downtown buda

316 N. Main Street. / Buda, TX 78610
(512) 312-4901
Mon - Fri: 6 am - 8 pm / Sat & Sun: 8 am - 8 pm
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wholesale

Contact us today for information about our wholesale coffee
Bruce Karnes
bruce@summermooncoffee.com
(512) 940— 5990