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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


Dominican Joe’s Serves Up Coffee for a Cause

By Julie Bissinger

Dominican Joe Coffee Shop, located at 515 S. Congress Ave., helps impoverished people by buying and selling coffee grown in the Dominican Republic. Photo by Julie Bissinger

Dominican Joe Coffee Shop is a hot spot on South Congress.  The quality coffee, great atmosphere and quiet environment make this coffeehouse a popular place for students from the University of Texas and St. Edwards Univeristy to study.  Dominican Joe’s charitable aspect also draws people in. 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

Bennu Coffee: Your 24-hour Epoch alternative

By Lara Berendt

Bennu Coffee interior

The eclectic and comfortable environment at Bennu Coffee on East MLK offers a creative drink menu and an ideal study spot. Photo by Lara Berendt.

I think I’ve found a new favorite coffee joint in Bennu. Located at 2001 E. MLK Blvd., this 24-hour java lounge reminds me of Epoch, but with friendlier, happier baristas and fewer sulky hipster-types glaring from behind laptops. Continue reading

Cupprimo: On-the-Go Sweets and Drinks

By Julie Bissinger

Cupprimo Cupcakery & Coffee Spot, located at 8650 Spicewood Springs Road, serves up coffee and freshly baked cupcakes to patrons. Photo by Julie Bissinger

Convenience is at its best at Cupprimo Cupcakery & Coffee Spot.  The shop specializes in serving coffee drinks and fresh-baked cupcakes from its tiny North Austin location.

Boasting more than 20 different cupcake flavors and a large coffee menu, Cupprimo caters to those with a sweet tooth and caffeine cravings.  There is limited seating, making Cupprimo more of a grab and go place. Continue reading

Halcyon, Not Your Ordinary Coffeehouse

By Julie Bissinger

Halcyon is an upscale bar/coffeehouse hybrid located in the heart of downtown Austin. Photo by Julie Bissinger

Upon walking into Halcyon, I immediately noticed that it didn’t resemble previous coffeehouses that I’ve been to.  The loud music, full bar and tobacco shop surprised me.

Halcyon, located at 218 W. 4th St., is a “coffeehouse by day, bar and lounge by night,” according to its website.  This description sums up Halcyon in a nutshell.   Continue reading

Thunderbird keeps East Austin hipsters lubricated

By Lara Berendt

Thunderbird to go

An iced coffee and Tacodeli breakfast taco from the always-packed Thunderbird Coffee on Manor Road. Photo by Lara Berendt.

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Thunderbird Coffee’s Manor Road location since back when it still went by the name of Clementine Coffee, a few years ago. I pass by the shop at least once a day, every day, so it’s sometimes hard to avoid stopping in. Yesterday morning I ran in to grab a quick snack before class. Continue reading