Beans for Bats

Houston coffee baron Avi Katz describes his new Bat City Blend in terms usually used only by winemakers: “A meritage of our best dark roast coffees...incredible depth and fullness...hints of smoky caramel and sweet blueberries are all balanced out with a touch of subtle earthiness.”

Katz’s employee David Alan considers it a “collaboration coffee.” An Austinite since birth, Alan works from his home town and wanted to promote a coffee that celebrated and supported something quintessentially Austin.

“I thought of Barton Springs and the bat colony,” he says, “and the bats got back to me first.”

They ended up with a sweet deal—50 cents will be donated to the Bat Conservation International for every pound of Bat City Blend sold. It’s a fair-trade, small-batch, organic coffee, made from a blend of Indonesian, Ethiopian and Mexican beans.

Taste it at Torchy’s Tacos (1207 S. 1st St., 512-366-0537), Botticelli’s (1321 S. Congress Ave., 512-916-1315) and Eastside Café (2113 Manor Rd., 512-476-5858) among other Austin locations. Or buy your own bag at Farm to Market Grocery or the Sunset Valley Farmers’ Market.