a cup of houndstooth
A trip to Austin was needed to escape some of this texas heat. While that necessitated a trip to Barton Springs, we also headed over to Houndstooth cafe immediately afterwards for their delicious coffee. They serve Mad cap , Counter Culture and had bags of Handsome to sell. The list of available coffees with descriptions, is constantly changing and they have boards at the front to help guide you in your decision. I enjoyed chatting with Nate about our mutual contacts and his experience at the cafe. They have an incredible, foot pedal steam wand, Mistral La Marzoco espresso machine. I love the wood accents but the taste of the espresso is what sold me. I chose the Kochere from Madcap for my cortado and its brightness and layers of flavor really shone. They also offer pour over coffees in the chemex using the Kone filter. Ours was almost tea like but the fruity flavor was still a delight. I really appreciated their motto of “the pattern of people and coffee’ blending the idea of the houndstooth plaid throughout. It was definitely a lovely escape that will be part of my pattern any time I am in Austin.