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[Nov. 19th, 2007|06:07 am]
Austin Coffee Houses

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Hey, I just wanted to take a second to thank folks for their advice on finding quality espresso, and to share my findings (well, my opinions.)

JP's Java is really good. And it has convenient hours, and I dig the atmosphere.

Caffe Medici, on the other hand, is frickin' incredible. This is what I was looking for. The double espresso I had there was rich and creamy, almost a syrup. It was apparently a really good pull, but still, awesome. And my g/f, who normally isn't very big on espresso beverages in general, was won over by their double cappuccino. And I look forward to trying their "regular" coffee, which is french press, which I love.

Fun fact: according to one of the baristas at Medici, the owner of Medici (Michael) got his start at JP's Java, and the owner of JP's gave him a lot of support in starting Medici... so I guess it's not so surprising that they should come up in the same breath.

I have not yet had the chance to infiltrate Motive or build up my army of nekkid elven barista ladies (platoon maybe, but hardly an army) but I'll keep you apprised.
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[User Picture]From: ginsu
2007-11-19 04:13 pm (UTC)
After reading your description, I hit the Caffee Medici site, where I found this text:

Our espresso machine is a La Marzocco FB70 Hybrid (3 group). We pull 2oz of espresso at 24 to 26 seconds in triple baskets (21 grams).

Okay, I'm checking these guys out in the near future. The gear sounds great, of course, but I didn't think there was anywhere in town where the baristas even timed their shots.

Also, they're on West Lynn? Like Jeffrey's? Come on, West Lynn, share the wealth. It's no fair to the other streets in Austin.

I know a woman who owns a condo right there, and I hate her a little more every day.
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