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Ruta Maya

Posted on 01 December 2012 by mattbaker

3600 Presidential Blvd.
Austin, TX 78719

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Normally at airports the only espresso you can get is at Starbucks. I was so excited to walk past Ruta Maya in one of the terminals. I don’t have off hand where it is located, but I think it is between gates 6 and 7. Aside from a Mexican art gift shop stocked full of colorful day of the dead souvenirs, Ruta Maya rocks a great cup. A La Marzocco machine and a great bean gives you some great flavor to put in your mouth before you get on your flight or to welcome you to Austin. The have some decent tea also if you want to save your palette for downtown Austin. This is some of the best coffee I have ever had at an airport. Keep up the great work!

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+ Mexican Art
+ Airport

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JPs

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JP’S

Posted on 01 December 2012 by mattbaker

2803 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, TX 78705

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This was Yelp’s and Urbanspoon’s highest rated shop in Austin and it was the lowest rated of all the places I visited in most of Texas. Smack in the middle of frat row JPS sits. It is littered with terrible art and studying college kids who look like the stumbled out from a giant orgy and plopped down to study. The burnt orange colors they were all wearing did not help my opinion of the situation either. JPS does have a La Marzocco, but did not seem to know how to maximize it. The coffee was too hot, burnt and not very good. They did not have 8 o drinks and charged me $4.00 for a 12 oz latte they were to fill only 8 oz. They filled it to the top of the 12 oz size with a beautiful rosetta, but the damage had been done. Not sure how you can not make the drink we just talked about at length 60 seconds before. Maybe they were to busy focusing on one of the multiple TV’s they have playing everything from MTV to college football games. did not even have a cup for. They have do have beer and if I were you I would not try the coffee, I would try and figure out where the next orgy is happening.

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+ People in sweats
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caffemedici

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Cafe Medici

Posted on 01 December 2012 by mattbaker

200 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

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It took me 15 minutes driving around downtown Austin just to find a parking spot to go to this place, but it was well worth it. It is a great layout, with high ceilings and a piano in the corner. It looks like a shop straight of Seattle. It was a little confusing on where to order with no signage and employees in two different locations in the shop. Apparently you order at another location then where the machines are. The spot that holds the espresso machines is an island located in the middle of the shop. They rock two stylish red La Marzocco’s. Apparently they don’t do 8 oz latte’s, but only 8 oz cappuccino’s, which was a little annoying, but whatever you call the drink they made me, it was delicious. It was smooth, light and packed with lot’s of tasty flavor. The best place I found in Austin and a must stop if you enjoy the finer things of Austin.

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+ Snacks
+ Austin

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