While craft breweries have been opening up all across Austin, slaking locals’ thirst for area-made IPAs, hefeweizens and all manner of other beers, Joel Shuler saw a serious problem with craft coffee offerings in town — none came from Brazil. He fixed that in 2007 with his own roasting facility, Casa Brasil Coffees, which receives its coffee beans from the South American country, roasts them in-house and sells the finished product to local grocery stores and eateries.
He doesn’t just love a good cup of joe. He also has a serious appreciation for Brazil, where he’s visited ever since attending a soccer program there as a teenager. He enthusiastically talks about both the drink and the country at a tour he and the two owners of South Austin Brewing, located in the same warehouse space just off South Congress Avenue, have offered monthly since August. The next one, already sold out, is on Saturday.
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