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Flipnotics is Out of This World

By Julie Bissinger

Flipnotics is built on a steep hill in the heart of South Austin. Photo by Julie Bissinger

During my quest to find coffee shops around Austin, I came across Flipnotics on a Google search.  The website is space-alien themed, so I figured this coffee shop must be a cool place to hang out or to catch up on work.  I could not have been more correct.

Flipnotics, located at 1601 Barton Springs Rd., lives up to its eccentric qualities displayed on its website.  The coffee shop is perched up on a steep hill and is surrounded by trees.  The large outdoor seating deck features odd decorations like an old television set converted into a fish tank.  Flipnotics also holds live music concerts on its patio throughout the week. Continue reading


Kick Butt Coffee isn’t so Kick Butt

By Julie Bissinger

Kick Butt Coffee has two locations in the Austin-area, one at 4600 Guadalupe (pictured) and 5775 Airport Blvd. Photo by Julie Bissinger

I stumbled upon Kick Butt Coffee over the weekend before I met some friends for dinner at the Triangle.  I decided to come back, and check it out.  I figured the place must be called Kick Butt Coffee for a reason.

Once I walked inside, I was a bit surprised.  Martial arts equipment and Samurai swords adorned the walls.  The menu was typed in Asian-themed font.  I felt as though I was in a sushi restaurant that smelled of blueberries.  Ironically, Kick Butt does not serve any Asian dishes, unless the “Jackie Chan Cheddar and Ham Samich” counts. Continue reading

Cherrywood Coffeehouse is a friendly spot, night or day

By Lara Berendt

Cherrywood Coffeehouse palm

The spacious patio at Cherrywood Coffeehouse on East 38 1/2 Street is a nice place to enjoy a burger and a beer after dark. Photo by Lara Berendt.

There aren’t many coffee shops I would make my Friday night destination, but Cherrywood Coffeehouse not only serves a full menu, it also features live music several nights a week. I stopped by Friday night because the “Events” page on their website advertised an acoustic set featuring members from Austin fixture Ghostland Observatory. Continue reading

Houndstooth Baristas prepare for Competition in St. Louis

By Zach Miller


Samantha McCrary preparing a cappuccino for the mock judges.


To prepare for a barista competition this weekend the Houndstooth Coffee staff held a mock competition.

Although the event mainly brought together friends and employees, this gathering created the comptetition setting for Baristas Daniel Reed and Samantha McCrary.

Each Barista had 15 minutes to prepare their station and then an additional 15 for the brewing and cupping. The competition was graded on first an espresso, then a cappuccino and finally a signature drink . Continue reading