Category Archives: Zach Miller

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


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'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.

Ruta Maya: latin coffee latin culture

Ruta Maya is hidden up on a hill in this awesome brick building.
by Zach Miller

Ruta Maya is a large coffee house on the south end of town that not only brews a good cup of jo but also hosts a variety of latin american cultural events.

This mellow pad is a great place to hang out for many reasons. Ruta Maya roasts their own fair trade arabica beans that are imported from Chiapas Mexico.
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Monkey Nest: good coffee, great atmosphere!

The clean and neat coffee bar at Monkey Nest


By Zach Miller

Monkey Nest is truly the median between the funky coffee houses of Austin and the corporate coffee giant looming on every corner.

I will never admit I like anything related to Starbucks, BUT I have to say Monkey Nest feels like a corporate shop enlivened with master Baristas and a community consciousness I can wrap my head around.

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Don’t get in traffic, go to Pacha instead

pacha coffee house

Pacha's "Pachamama" logo is a fertility goddess from the Andes.

By Zach Miller

Pacha is a cozy little house with a landmark coffee cup sign on Burnet. Although this coffee shop is located on a busy street, the mood inside is lax and friendly.

To those who find themselves struggling to get north at traffic times, Pacha can serve you a great latte and some relief from the hustle and bustle. At 4618 Burnet Road it would be a quick detour from Mopac.

I was suggested to try the Pacha Latte and I’m so glad I did. This frothy delight was gently sweetened and had a mellow nutty aftertaste. It took me 20 minutes to figure out why I enjoyed it so much, the walnut-iness was perfect.  I am firmly against any combination of sugar and coffee, BUT this signature drink brought it all together nicely. As most lattes go, they are mostly milk and just a bit of coffee. Even though this combination isn’t terribly appealing to me, I will absolutely go back for this drink. Superb.
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