Author Archives: Zach Miller

Caffe Medici on the drag is a students paradise

Roast beef sandwich paired with an espresso

by Zach Miller

Caffe Medici is an excellent place to get coffee and the location on Guadalupe Street in no exception.

The Baristas at Medici are super friendly and pro coffee culture. I listened in last week as Barista Thomas King talked with a customer about coffee drinks for about 5 minutes. He discussed how the drinks they prepare differ from Starbucks drink. Often times he will show new coffee drinkers the difference and guide them towards ordering what they really want.
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Russell’s Bistro, just go already!

by Zach Miller

Russell’s Bistro is one of the places in town you will want to take someone to impress them. It fits all the requirements: great ambience, fairly secluded, decently priced food(lunch anyway), and of course good coffee.

Russell’s is on Kerbey Lane next to the original Kerbey Lane cafe and Anderson’s coffee Roasters off of 38th Street.

It was just cozy. Maybe I liked it because I went on the one rainy cold day we will have in May, and watching the rain out of the large window set the coffee drinking mood.

Either way it is worth checking out for lunch, which they serve until 5 p.m.
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Texas Coffee Traders: try something new thats perfect for you

by Zach Miller

Texas Coffee Traders is a great starting point to fine tune your tongue to the differences in beans across the globe. Owner RC cups different coffees every day to test and compare qualities of his beans. He does this in the middle of the shop and encourages whoever comes in to join the tasting and see what they think.

It will be very hard to get in and out of their shop without having coffee, because of the cuppings and the staffs willingness to brew you a latte as you walk in the door.

They roast beans, they brew coffee, they sell and repair brewing machines and devises. They are a wonderful hub for the Austin coffee community.

Here is a bit of the Texas Coffee Traders Philosophy.

Anderson Coffee Roasters: that little difference is everything.

by Zach Miller

I tried something new this week and shot video while at Anderson Coffee Roasters on Kerbey Lane. Serving coffee at only a dollar and nearly all their freshly roasted coffee beans at under $10, this place offers something that new and old coffee drinkers can appreciate.

Thunderbird on Koenig, beer specials! plus good coffee too

A little clipping next to the Thunderbird register I found funny.

by Zach Miller

OK, I have to say when I arrived at Koenig Thunderbird cafe at 5:30 on a Thursday I was in no way craving anything hot or caffeinated. The 90 degree weather was wearing me thin and something else at this coffee shop sounded way more palatable.

Thunderbird offers daily beer specials.

Beer! For a dollar! Huzzah!
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Teo: traditional espresso and gelato

cappuccino

a traditional cappuccino lightly drizzled with cocoa powder.

by Zach Miller

Teo is a traditional Italian espresso and gelato shop off of 38th Street across from the Seton Hospital. Foursquare has many tips recommending this as the best espresso in town, and who knows they could be right. The La Marzocco espresso machine shows the attention to Italian detail and prowess.
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Houndstooth

Houndstooth's wide selection of coffees.

By Zach Miller

Houndstooth is without a doubt in the top tier of Austin coffee shops. They pull beans from four roasters: Cuvee, Counter Culture, Intelligensia and Verve. Because these four companies roast beans from the best regions across the globe, Houndstooth aims to have and brew with the finest beans around.

This is by far the best espresso I’ve had. Not implying I’ve had a that much or any outside of Austin, but as far as what I have come across, Houndstooth ranks number one. Chocolatey, hearty, fruity, sweet, their coffee covers all realms of flavor and never feels like a second rate cup.

Every Barista is as knowledgeable, friendly and as skilled at brewing a premium cup as a professional in their craft should me. They serve at least two different regional espressos at all times and can compare and contrast the coffee. One of their Baristas will be competing against the rest of the country in the United States Barista Championship. He moved on from the regional championship about a week ago.

The idea behind Houndstooth is to promote Barista culture in Austin. The coffee bar is uncharacteristically low for a reason. Instead of having a high bar creating a wall between the brewing and the customer like many coffee shops. Houndstooth wants to promote knowledge of the brewing process as well as having a higher level of transparency in their preparation and cleanliness. Also, the coffee bar is in the middle of the shop. Any employee can hear and interact with anyone inside. This was, as the owner put it, to create a conversational environment between the customer and the staff.

Although I wish this place was huge, its on the smaller side of the coffee shops in town. In their defense, they are less than a year old. They have some cool modern seating inside and out, with a little couch nook behind the bar.

They are a few dimes more expensive than other shops, but I think the best cup in town is worth it.