On a recent visit to Houndstooth Coffee, I discovered the concept of a classic, neighborhood coffee shop still exists. Not only did I find delicious coffee, but the vibe was so friendly. I befriended strangers (all local), and we talked about the neighborhood, living in Austin, traveling on the MetroRail, etc. It gave me all the warm and fuzzy feelings a good coffee shop should give.
During my time there, I learned Houndstooth Coffee will be expanding its drink menu, adding cocktails at the newest location in east Austin. Transitioning from day to night never sounded so good.
Genuine Hospitality and Inviting Spaces
At Houndstooth Coffee, it’s all about the details. The baristas are thoroughly trained regarding the products they serve and equipment they use. Baristas also keep up on the latest trends in the ever-evolving world of coffee.
What I like most about Houndstooth is how it fosters a warm and inviting space. Conversation is encouraged and coffee education is provided. When you walk into any of the coffee shop’s three locations, you’ll be greeted with a warm smile.
The locations were actually designed to allow more interaction between customers and baristas. The espresso machines are low profile, and either mounted under the counter or positioned away from the main service areas.
The spaces are open and boast natural materials, like white oak and leather. Large windows allow sunlight to shine through, making Houndstooth Coffee a great spot to chill out with friends, or be productive and get some work done.
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Houndstooth Coffee Additional Offerings
While beer and wine have been on Houndstooth’s menu for some time, the MLK location is the first to offer a full bar. It will even have some specialty craft cocktails available, such as:
- Red-Headed Oaxacan – Reposado, mezcal, ginger honey, lemon, scotch
- Earl’d Fashion’d – Bourbon, orange bitters, maple syrup, Earl Grey tea
The east side location is destined to become a popular happy hour spot, since it’s located right by the MetroRail.
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Beyond the Traditional Coffee Shop
Other than three locations in Austin, Houndstooth offers a personal barista service to bring the café experience to your next event. The local business can provide a trained barista, espresso cart, brewed coffee, and pastries. Also available: consulting services, education, and training for your coffee business needs. To learn more, visit Houndstooth’s website.
- North — 4200 N. Lamar Blvd.
- Downtown — 401 Congress Ave.
- East — 2823 E. MLK Jr. Blvd.
@theAustinot wants to know:
Which Houndstooth Coffee location is your favorite?
The original version of this article was published Dec. 11, 2013.