Medici has mastered the espresso art form

By Lara Berendt

Caffe Medici espresso

A poignant but creamy single espresso and a moist, chewy peanut butter cookie from Caffe Medici on West Lynn Street comprise a perfect afternoon snack. Photo 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.

Caffe Medici machine

Caffe Medici's La Marzocco FB 80 is a serious investment, but the quality of espresso makes it worth every penny. Photo by Lara Berendt.

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.

Caffe Medici signage

Caffe Medici on West Lynn Street is cozy and comfortable, offering top-quality beverages and low-key ambience. Photo by Lara Berendt.

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.

Check out our Coffee Map page for the exact location of this venue and others featured on our site.

Caffe Medici
1101 West Lynn St.
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 524-5049
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One response to “Medici has mastered the espresso art form

  1. Pingback: $10 for $20 Worth of Italian Desserts and Drinks at Veniero’s Pasticceria & Caffe - Daily Couponds

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