We wanted to create a different kind of coffee bar. A lounge where it felt like you were in someone’s living room instead of just another business. And that’s just what we did: with mellow lighting, soft chairs and friendly staff that don’t mind if you sit and stay a while.
We’re the perfect place for studying, chatting with friends or just hanging out on a late afternoon. Drop by in the morning for a quick cup and a breakfast taco from Taco Mex. Stop in for afternoon coffee, and stay for a light dinner with our wide selection of salads from Fricano’s, wraps and sandwiches from The Green Cart or a pizza from Hoboken Pie.
What we’re doing different:
Open 24 hours, 7 days a week (closest 24hr shop to UT)
Friendly, knowledgeable baristas
Power outlets within reach of most chairs
Most of our food comes from LOCAL vendors like Taco Mex and Russell’s Bakery
On 4 Capital Metro stops
Games and activities to hang out with friends
What does community mean at Bennu? At Bennu, we endeavor to add something to our neighborhood while doing as little harm in the world as possible. All of our coffee beans at Bennu are organic and Fair Trade with the exception of only the coffee used in the “Iced Bennu”. To learn more about fair trade, check out www.transfairusa.org. Basically, we pay a premium price for our coffee to help insure that the workers growing it will be paid fairly. This is very important to us here at Bennu.
Locally, we participate in a recycling and composting program with Ecology Action. None of our glass, plastic, cardboard, metal, or coffee grounds add to the waste in Austin. Additionally, all of our to go cups and lids as well as our to go flatware are made of corn or soy and are fully compostable. We also use local vendors in every situation possible. We are strong believers in the benefits of keeping our money in our local economy.
Finally, we have supported many local charities and charitable causes. We have an ongoing relationship with our neighbors at The United Way and with LifeWorks where one of the owners worked with homeless youth prior to opening Bennu. In addition, in our two years of business, we've made donations large and small to the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, The Yellow Bike Project, Sky Candy, The Austin House of Prayer, The Hideout Theatre, The Austin Film Festival, The Texas 4000 (dedicated to fighting cancer), Dress for Success, Vain's fundraiser for Haiti, Austin Pets Alive!, The University of Texas Elementary School, Delta Theta Phi's fundraiser for Volunteer Legal Services of Texas, The Austin Humane Society, The Special Olympics, Reel Women, the OUTYOUTH prom, and a food drive benefiting Eastside Community Connection. While we are unable to honor every request that comes our way, we can be reached by e-mail for donation requests.
Best of Austin 2010
“The Perfect Cup” (pg. 95)
Austin: Keeping it Foodie
“The Coffee Grind: Bennu Coffee”
“Austin’s Bennu Coffee Lounge Coffeehouse”