By Lara Berendt
It’s not hard to botch espresso. Preparing a top-notch single shot is harder than it looks. For those Austin residents who recognize that burnt espresso is not an inevitability, Caffe Medici provides a safe harbor.
Medici’s proprietors understand the value of high-end equipment, and have invested in the crema (forgive the bad pun) of the crop when it comes to espresso machines: a La Marzocco FB 80. This equipment runs anywhere from $10,000-$15,000, an expense that serious coffee shop entrepreneurs consider a necessity, not a splurge. According to Medici’s website, their baristas flush the machine at midday and evening, and perform a deep clean overnight to prevent any leftover espresso residue from flavoring the final product.
Today I stopped by the West Lynn Street location for a pick-me-up and a quick bite. The espresso was slightly viscous, rich and sharp, but not burnt. The crema—or thin layer of foam sitting atop the beverage—was ideal in proportion to espresso. Overall, a perfect shot. I paired it with a peanut butter cookie, which was surprisingly light and moist. I would have enjoyed a slightly stronger peanut butter flavor, but the chewy, sugary texture made up for it.
Medici’s West Lynn location has limited seating, which was nearly at capacity at 1:30 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon. The coffee house services a steady walk-in population of neighborhood residents, while the rest of us are left to battle for 10 or 15 parking lot spots. Since I don’t live in the neighborhood, this isn’t a regular respite for me, but their stellar espresso drinks make for a wonderful leisurely treat.
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1101 West Lynn St.
Austin, TX 78703
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