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Baristas compete for fame and glory, and the camera catches it all
Film Review  November 6, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...Director Rock Baijnauth homes in on five particular baristas, whose purpose is twofold: to pull back the curtain on what it takes to pull the perfect espresso shot, and to give the audience five distinct horses to bet on when the action moves to the competitive stage of the 2013 U.S. Barista Championship..."

This sci-fi actioner about warring clairvoyants is generically incomprehensible with cyberpunk overtones.

Film Review  February 13, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...(Or if you're a conspiracy buff – and these days, who isn't? – name that rogue federal agency.) Push, a generically incomprehensible paranoid action disaster with cyberpunk overtones, is like X-Men unhinged, minus Professor Xavier's (or Bryan Singer's) guiding hand. It also sports a triple-espresso-and-LSD-laced storyline that I'm pretty sure breaks at least one of the Geneva Conventions regarding cruel and unusual mindfuckery..."

Zeus and Roxanne
If nothing else, the out-there premise of this tale of dolphin-canine bonding reveals interesting parallels between the creative processes of whimsical children and those of frazzled, espresso- and panic-addled Hollywood...
Film Review  February 7, 1997, by Russell Smith
"...Starring: Kathleen Quinlan, Steve Guttenberg, Arnold Vosloo, Dawn McMillan, Miko Hughes, Majandra Delfino and Jessica Howell. If nothing else, the out-there premise of this tale of dolphin-canine bonding reveals interesting parallels between the creative processes of whimsical children and those of frazzled, espresso- and panic-addled Hollywood producers..."

Destiny Turns On the Radio
Very strange stuff indeed. Baran's Sundance-nurtured “mystical love story” is a bizarre cross-pollination of genres that puts one in mind of Alex Cox's early work (Repo Man springs to mind,...
Film Review  May 5, 1995, by Marc Savlov
"...Obviously, screenwriters Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone spent some time on this script. A new-age, screwball, gangster comedy for the End Times, Destiny Turns on the Radio may not linger in the mind for as long as some other films featuring the perpetually startling Tarrantino, but it's certain to inspire some odd after-movie, espresso-fueled conversations...."

Love in the Nineties: no drugs and the sex is scary. Actually, Cameron Crowe documents the habits of a generation that adapted.
Film Review  September 25, 1992, by Kathleen Maher
"...Set in Seattle and opportunistically using the hot music scene there as a backdrop, Crowe's film is smug in its certainty it has the most happening territory all staked out. The lives of these characters intertwine in espresso houses, a funky apartment court where most of the characters live, and dark nightclubs..."

Today is Tèo Gelato Day
Wish local gelato maker buona fortuna in world competition
DAILY Food  August 13, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...When the North American leg of the Gelato World Tour was held in Austin in April, gelato maker Matt Lee of Tèo Gelato, Espresso, and Bella Vita was one of the three people chosen to compete in the finals in Rimini, Italy in September...."

The Ruta Java
Where to Go for a Cup of Joe
Food Story  March 14, 1997, by Rebecca Chastenet dé Gery
"...Today, a guidebook covering Austin might also claim that our city's pulse can be found inside its cafes. On any given day or night, folks crowd into coffee and espresso spots, some for music, others for food and conversation, still others for time alone with a good book, and almost everyone for an honest cup of joe...."

Fair Bean Coffee
Food Review  February 22, 2008, by Kate Thornberry
"...Fair Bean carries five varieties of coffee – Ethiopian, Costa Rican, Honduran, Guate­ma­lan, and espresso blend – and all are roasted on-site and cost between $9.50 and $10.50 a pound. Of course, most of the clientele is here for espresso drinks, and this is where Fair Bean has won my allegiance..."

First Look: Fleet Coffee
Eastside newcomer moves beyond caffeine
Food Story  March 31, 2016, by Dan Gentile
"...Coffee plants take years to grow and months to harvest, then the beans travel thousands of miles to reach a barista. Then that barista spends about 35 seconds pulling a shot of espresso, which is enjoyed in a few fleeting sips...."

Second Helpings: Downtown Coffee Shops
Food Story  March 19, 2004
"...Fourth, 472-9637 Monday-Wednesday, 6am-1am; Thursday, 6am-2am; Friday, 6am-3am; Saturday, 7am-3am; Sunday, 7am-1am You can still grab a coffee and lounge at Fourth and Lavaca – it's just called Halcyon now. A little brighter and swankier than its previous tenant Ruta Maya, Halcyon offers all kinds of espresso and coffee drinks, wines, scotches, and signature drinks like their Chocolate Espresso Martini.Jo's Hot Coffee1300 S..."

Java Amping
Austin's Coffeehouse Circuit
Music Story  October 20, 1995
"...Austin, despite the deadly summer climate, has become a huge coffee market, a fact forever embossed upon the city's psyche by the recent invasion of the squeaky clean minions of Seattle's Starbucks. If you count all the mall and campus carts as well as the 20-plus freestanding coffeehouses, there are more than 50 gourmet coffee establishments in the city serving some sort of specialty roast drip product and, nine and a half times out of 10, espresso. Thirteen of them offer live music at least once a week, with the number shrinking to 12 when Java Jive ceases its live offerings this month..."

Austin's Finest Pumpkin Spice Creations
Even skeptics have to admit there are some great local options
DAILY Food  November 20, 2018, by Emily Beyda
"...The folks at Houndstooth are the types that you wouldn’t imagine sullying their single origin espresso with something as prosaic as plain pumpkin spice, and fittingly their Thanks o’ Latte (get it?) makes the drink into an art form, with that just-roasted espresso blended with actual pumpkin pie filling and a splash of warm steamed milk. Cenote..."

Emerald City Press
Stop by Emerald City Press for espresso soft-serve and fresh flowers with your morning coffee
Food Review  October 3, 2008, by Daniel Mottola
"...Emerald City Press doesn't just have what it takes to be one of Austin's top coffee shops; it's also the unique purveyor of two items sure to uplift any downhearted soul: espresso soft-serve and fresh flowers. Located near the corner of Ninth and Lamar, Emerald City opened in March after stylishly repurposing an ungainly former photo-lab building into a sleek walk-up and drive-through cafe...."

Second Helpings: Downtown Coffeehouses
Downhome coffeehouses in today's "Second Helpings."
Food Story  March 15, 2002
"...Not too many people remember that the house at 2714 Guadalupe once housed a shady-looking dentist's office, which is a fine testament to Mojo's 24-hour popularity. Their war against corporate coffee is endearing to the slacker-types who haven't yet been priced out of town, but Mojo's also delivers good coffee, espresso, and cafe au lait..."

Day Trips
Get your jitters all over Central Texas at these rural coffeeshops.
Columns  August 4, 2000, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...Small town coffee shops across Texas have changed along with the rest of the world. Espresso bars are showing up in some of the most unlikely places..."

The Coffeehouse Chronicles
Food Column  January 28, 1999
"...Episode 1: Captain Quackenbush's Intergalactic Coffee House and Espresso Bar..."

FoRay's Experimental Austin Cuisine Forging Food Paths
Arts Story  August 18, 1995
"...What longtime Austinite can relish the idea of waiting two hours on a Sunday morning for a plate of pancakes or a spinach omelette at the Kerbey Lane Cafe? Only innovation and fresh talent can rescue Austin Food from its (admittedly profitable) doldrums. Deep in South Austin, a small new eatery known as ForRay's has earnestly taken up this onerous task. Although it bills itself as a "cafe and espresso bar," the place is more properly thought of a South First Street greasy spoon (unsaturated grease, of course) that, in lockstep with the times, owns the obligatory espresso machine...."

Little City II
Arts Story  June 23, 1995
"...Why? Because the coffee itself too often proves disappointing. Espresso runs from overly bitter to bodiless; cappuccinos lack punch; and, almost universally, drip coffee is blended into oblivion by overly zealous roasters in distant cities bent on pleasing everyone and offending no one...."

Austin Coffee Shops for Morning, Noon, and Night
Our favorite purveyors of caffeine for getting back to the grind
Food Story  August 30, 2018, by R.T. Frank
"...Dark wood and exposed brick give the coffee shop a homey feel, both upstairs and down. For house coffee, Medici uses locally roasted Wild Gift, and for espresso drinks, Spyhouse, from Minneapolis, Minn. Houndstooth Coffee..."

Food Truck Tuesday: Pepperbox Coffee
Deaf-owned trailer serves up speedy brews for Northwest Austin
DAILY Food  April 11, 2017, by Thea Newell
"...Both owners hail from Washington, a state whose capital boasts a rich coffee culture, and not just because Starbucks calls Seattle home. The trailer sources its coffee from Costa Rican growers Life Monteverde and serves drip coffee as well as classic espresso drinks, which can be made with almond, soy, coconut, or hemp milk..."

To Serve Man
Briggo: an Austin company at the crossroads of taste, technology, and social interaction
Food Story  January 20, 2012, by MM Pack
"...Picture this scenario: You're deep into a busy day and it's time for a good cup of coffee, made just the way you like it. On your computer or cell phone, you access a website or application, log in, and order your favorite concoction – say, espresso with one pump of vanilla syrup, no sugar, and a splash of soy milk – and pay for it via your stored account..."

Coffee, tea, or ... cheese?
Food Column  August 14, 2009, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Cuvee Coffee Roasting Com­pany of Spicewood is offering a barista training series every Friday from 10am to 4pm. The small classes cost $275 per person and cover the fundamentals of crafting the perfect espresso, taught by certified barista competition judges and award-winning baristas..."

Walton's Fancy and Staple
Walton's Fancy and Staple pulls out all the stops in its newly refurbished West Sixth Street building
Food Review  July 17, 2009, by Kate Thornberry
"...Thanks to excellent financial backing (as part of Sandra Bullock's business empire), Walton's is able to offer its wares at competitive prices in spite of the money lavished on the fixtures. For example, the La Marzoco espresso machine is top-notch, and the espresso itself is strong, low-acid, and heavenly; nevertheless, all of the espresso drinks are priced from $2.25 to $3.85...."

This drama about mind and spirit and love and grief has much to recommend it
Arts Review  June 26, 2009, by Barry Pineo
"...Hot Mama's Espresso Bar, through July 3..."

Event Menu: May 29–31
Sarah's Party and Ararat's Mid-East Fusion light up the weekend with fundraising and fire dancing
Food Column  May 30, 2008, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Central Texas farmers, chefs, and artisan food and beverage producers invite you to enjoy an outpouring of early summer bounty to benefit their friend and Hairston Creek Farm co-owner Sarah Rowland tonight at the Barr Mansion (10463 Sprinkle Rd., 926-6907). The fabulous tasting event will include dishes created by chefs from Wink, Asti, Fino, 34th Street Cafe, Blue Star Cafeteria, Cissi's Market, Tèo Espresso, Mars, Aquarelle, Thai Fresh, Leaning Pear Cafe, Rather Sweet Bakery, Miles of Chocolate, Fête Accompli Catering, TRIO at the Four Seasons, and the Lake Austin Spa Resort, many of them made with produce donated by area farmers..."

Triple Espresso
'Triple Espresso's premise, with a performing trio reuniting and resolving old conflicts, is just an excuse for three expert entertainers to strut their stuff
Arts Review  May 5, 2006, by Barry Pineo
"...Triple Espresso..."

Day Trips
The Lone Star Coffee Bar in Johnson City is a caffeine oasis among the peach stands
Columns  June 17, 2005, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...The Lone Star Coffee Bar sits on the southern edge of Johnson City like a lone sentinel at the gate of the Hill Country. For those of us hooked on a double-lattes-in-a-short-cup-with-no-foam fix, the little espresso bar is either an opportunity for a snack on the road to Fredericksburg and beyond, or a pick-me-up on the way home..."

Day Trips
Columns  August 5, 1999, by Gerald E. McLeod
"...A barista is someone who performs the ritual of espresso with panache to produce a coffee drink perfectly tuned to the customer's preferences. photograph by Gerald E..."

Lover's Tarts
Special Sweets for Your Sweetie on Valentine's Day
Food Story  February 13, 1998, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Medallia del Oro instant espresso (available at Central Market, Randall's)..."

Art Openings
News Story  March 14, 1997
"...LITTLE CITY ESPRESSO BAR, 916 Congress, 476-2489. Figurative works in oil by Georgetown artist Don Snell are on view through March 23...."

What's Up With the Cup?
Food Story  March 14, 1997
"...Although the debate seems to be primarily about politics and price, another element is simply a matter of taste. "A lot of our regulars who drink espresso want paper," Captain Quakenbush's manager Kelly Ables says of the choice her cafe offers customers..."

Arts Story  August 11, 1995
"...Boy billionaire Michael Dell can drop in for a bite at Coyote Cafe on a whim, but who will regale us proles with interesting food at budget prices? The answer may lie in the groundswell of coffee houses that suddenly dot the Austin map. One in particular, the Austin Java Co., emerges from the teeming hordes of espresso peddlers by serving an array of affordable, homemade meals and snacks...."

New Menus, New Bourbon, New Yoga Retreat
And Bahama Bucks (finally) moves into town
DAILY Food  December 13, 2018, by Emily Beyda
"...East Austin neighborhood sandwich and salad shop, La Matta launched a new breakfast menu, with two Italian breakfast paninis to pair with an expanded selection of coffee and espresso drinks to match their new more breakfast crowd-friendly hours, Mon. - Fri., 8am-3pm, and 8am - 4pm on weekends..."

Downtown Coffee Shops for the Tired Tribune Festivalgoer
Or maybe you’re hungover from all the late-night political partying
DAILY Chron Events  September 13, 2018
"... At this new counter-service eatery located in the Austin Public Library, Chef Drew Curren of ELM Restaurant Group uses recipes from inspirational cookbooks with a focus on the South and Mexico, and the menus change seasonally and often incorporate local farm-to-table ingredients. Beverage options include espresso drinks, tea, beer, wine, and specialty cocktails..."

Recommended Live Music for the Weekend
Some selections to help you cool down as summer heats up
DAILY Chron Events  July 13, 2018, by The Music Staff
"...San Francisco New Wave quartet Hot Flash Heat Wave supply coastal support, while Chicago indie rockers the Symposium open with a marine layer of an acid rock haze. – Jeremy Steinberger Espresso..."

A Different Kind of Barista at Empowered Coffee
Employees with intellectual or developmental disabilities make coffee and learn life skills
Food Story  May 10, 2018, by Dan Gentile
"...It's naturally a very different experience than other third wave cafes, where a multitasking barista dances between the espresso machine, pour over coffee station, and pop culture-laden conversations with regulars. Because of safety concerns and complicated maintenance, there's no espresso machine at Empowered, just auto drip brewers, and for payment, the cafe only takes cards, no cash..."

Austin's Four Vegan Frozen Dessert Shops
We all scream for (dairy-free) ice cream
Food Story  October 12, 2017, by Alisha McDarris
"...They're offering two kinds of their own vegan soft serve, but customers can also find Sweet Ritual flavors in the case ("unicorn poop," anyone?), which is entirely appropriate because it's where Sweet Ritual co-owner Amelia Raley got her start in vegan ice cream. If that's not enough, an espresso machine means vegan affogatos – ice cream drowned in espresso – are on the menu, too...."

First Look: Stonehouse Coffee + Bar
New hangout revives historic Dawson Stone House
DAILY Food  March 28, 2017, by Sierra Diaz
"...The bar is blanketed with strips of wood with an espresso machine, baked goods counter, and a gelato freezer tucked to the side. Coffeehouse classics like espresso, cappuccino, and lattes are available, and customers can grab matcha lattes and local Cuvée drip..."

Red Horn Brings Specialty Coffee and Craft Beer to Cedar Park
Single-origin beans and hoppy IPAs without the drive
Food Story  August 11, 2016, by Dan Gentile
"...The nitro cold brew is a huge seller, with a portion of each 30-gallon batch sold on-tap at the Growler Bar in Pflugerville, Growler USA, and 4th Tap Brewing Cooperative. A third partner, Jared Hill, trains baristas on the espresso machine and pour-overs, with additional coffees from locals Wild Gift rounding out the roasted offerings...."

Eat Your Heart Out
Corazon development is a foodie paradise
Food Story  April 30, 2015
"...On one of our recent visits, we were wowed by the lovely floral notes in the orange cardamom and found that the combination of minty fernet with shavings of Valrhona dark chocolate created a gustatory love story. Espresso fans should try an affogato (drowned gelato) made with a scoop of the luxurious Valrhona dark chocolate gelato, or go for a truly intense treat and pour the espresso shot over a scoop of the Vietnamese coffee..."

It's National Macaron Day
Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.
DAILY Food  March 20, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Annie, 512/912-0033 Nagree and her staff will be giving away miniature macarons as long as supplies last. No definite details on flavors, but she usually offers such things as almond, cardamom honey orange, chocolate, chocolate espresso, lavender, pistachio, rose, salted caramel vanilla, and wild strawberry..."

Bright Lights, Little City
An icon makes a big comeback
Food Story  February 19, 2015, by Dan Gentile
"...It wasn't a sloppy hippie hangout, where both the coffee and the ambience were afterthoughts. It had one of the few really good cups of espresso in the city. ..."

Penguins of Madagascar
You can hardly lose with animated penguins … and how about that cameo from Werner Herzog?
Film Review  November 28, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...And these are serious (okay, seriously silly) times, what with a mad octopus named Dave (Malkovich) determined to wipe out the world’s penguin population: Their cuteness offends him. Skipper’s unit is on the case, but another, more elite organization called the North Wind has dibs; it’s led by Cumberbatch’s supercilious, espresso-drinking wolf dubbed “Classified” and includes a sexpot owl named Eva – disappointingly, the lone female in the film...."

Food Events
Dining for Life
Food Column  September 11, 2014
"...Espresso Happy Hour Get your morning buzz on with free espresso shots. Tuesdays, 10-11am..."

Thunderbird Hearts Austin Coffee
Cafe invites customers to try competitors with (dis)loyalty cards
DAILY Food  September 8, 2014, by Brandon Watson
"...In a press release, Thunderbird owner Ryan McElroy explains his largesse. "In the last eight years, Austin has developed a world-class espresso scene," he says..."

Mourning the restaurant that brought Thai to Austin
Food Column  September 4, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Austin gelato maker Matt Lee and his family are in Rimini, Italy, this week in preparation for the finals of the Gelato World Tour where the owner of Tèo Espresso, Gelato, & Bella Vita (1206 W. 38th) is representing North America Sept..."

Food Events
Food Column  August 28, 2014
"...Espresso Happy Hour Get your morning buzz on with free espresso shots. Tuesdays, 10-11am..."

Food Events
Aug. 21-26
Food Column  August 21, 2014
"...› Espresso Happy Hour Get your morning buzz on with free espresso shots. Tuesdays, 10-11am..."

Food Events
Aug. 14-19
Food Column  August 14, 2014
"...• Espresso Happy Hour Get your morning buzz on with free espresso shots. Tuesdays, 10-11am..."

First Look: Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors
It takes a village to build a shop
DAILY Food  August 12, 2014, by Amira Jensen
"...Although the prized espresso machine may draw the initial attention, much thought was put into the shop's design – a testament to DIY. The couple spent months overhauling the shop, dedicating most of their free time to building their own venture..."

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