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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

Jeanie’s Java Lets You Take in Nature’s Beauty While You Eat and Drink

By Julie Bissinger

Jeanie's Java leases space from the Great Outdoors Nursery on South Congress. Photo by Julie Bissinger

Jeanie’s Java truly is another of Austin’s hidden gems.  I had no idea the coffee shop existed until I stumbled upon on it while visiting the Great Outdoors Nursery with my roommate.  Jeanie’s Java blends in with the nursery’s trees and plants, so it took me a minute to realize the building was a coffeehouse.

Jeanie’s Java takes advantage of its location, though.  The coffee shop, located at 2730 S. Congress Ave., leases its space from the nursery and is a separate business.  The outdoor patio overlooks the nursery’s gardens, allowing patrons to view flowers, plants, trees and yard decorations.  The air also feels cleaner due to all of the vegetation. 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

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

JP’s Java: A Close-to-Campus Getaway for UT Students

By Julie Bissinger

JP's Java, located within walking distance from the University of Texas campus, offers an ideal study environment and high quality drinks. Photo by Julie Bissinger

JP’s Java offers a cozy environment and delicious coffee drinks for University of Texas students and professionals alike.  This coffeehouse is a bit tamer than some of the previous places that I’ve been to. Continue reading

Like the Composer, Mozart’s is a Classic

By Julie Bissinger

Mozart's Coffee Roasters is known for its wide variety of drinks, baked goods and live music. Photo by Julie Bissinger

Great drinks?  Check.  Great food?  Check.  Great views of Lake Austin?  Check.  Mozart’s Coffee Roasters has everything you’d want out of a coffee shop.  Even live music.  First-time patrons quickly become regulars because of Mozart’s fun atmosphere. Continue reading