Houndstooth Coffee Pops-Up (Briefly) Ahead Of Dallas Expansion

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Situated amongst gastro pubs, hipster dives, craft beer bars, and a coffee shop or two sits Transit Bicycle Company in Dallas’s finally-cool-again Lower Greenville neighborhood. On Saturday, April 12th it was home to the first Dallas pop-up for Austin’s Houndstooth Coffee, officially marking the shop’s introduction to the North Texas coffee scene. … [Read more...]

“Road Does Not End” — Evocation Coffee Blooms In Amarillo

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Tucked discreetly in a business park seven miles south of downtown Amarillo, TX is the roasting lab and espresso bar for Evocation Coffee Roasters. The location is a bit off the beaten path, even for Amarillo, a city of around 200,000 inhabitants in the remote Texas Panhandle. There isn’t much in the way of signage at Evocation; only a simple white … [Read more...]

On The Lonely Texas Highway, Coffee’s Your Only Friend

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Twenty miles south of Amarillo lies Canyon, Texas, a town of around 13,000 inhabitants that in many ways feels like a holdover from frontier times. The terrain is harsh and unforgiving, but ruggedly beautiful. Thanks to the onslaught of dust storms, the sky in Canyon is perpetually fading from blue to golden brown as it nears the … [Read more...]

Barista Nation Texas: We Wish We’d Gone, But Here’s A Recap

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Last week, Barista Nation brought its innovative series of free specialty coffee events to Dallas, Texas and the new Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters location. We were all booked to travel to Dallas for the event, but Super Storm Sandy pretty deeply screwed up our itinerary (we were going to be in Atlantic City first, to cover the now-postponed NERBC). … [Read more...]

Well Kiss My Grits: Barista Nation Does Dallas

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Discovery! Development! Collaboration! Lunch! It's all happening at Barista Nation Texas, which goes down in Dallas on Monday, November 5th. The last day to register for this event is 10/31/12, and registration is cheap and easy. Simply go to www.care.org and donate $10, then email your receipt to baristanation@gmail.com. Oak Cliff Coffee … [Read more...]

Terror Diacetyl: The Coffee Flavoring Agent of Death

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There could be a potentially dangerous additive in your flavored coffee. It opens up a pandora's box of questions about the FDA, their motives, and who controls them. The chemical in question doesn't even need to be listed on the ingredients list, as it falls under the baffling catch-all of "Natural Flavorings". And it's found in products up and … [Read more...]

La Marzocco Texas Roadshow: Austin Paradise

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Sprudge.com co-founder and writer Jordan Michelman spent a week driving across the great state of Texas with the La Marzocco Road Show crew. They visited Houston, Dallas, and now Austin - this is the final dispatch. After more driving, on what turned out to be a truly memorable and, dare say it, epic road trip with La Marzocco for their Texas … [Read more...]

Now Listening: Longshot ATX Podcast

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  There's a new coffee podcast out of Austin, Texas that's worth a listen. Houndstooth founder Paul Henry and barista trainer Daniel "Stinky Pete" Reid have released the first episode of the Longshot ATX Podcast. Naturally, we're particularly fond of the segment "coffee pun of the week". What do you call a cow that's just given birth? … [Read more...]

Houston: La Marzocco Wants To Party

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Tonight! Monday, March 26th at 4pm, the La Marzocco Texas Roadshow kicks off in Houston. This evening's event is hosted by Greenway Coffee and Fusion Beans, and will be held at The Hay Merchant (1100 Westheimer Road), in Houston's bustling Montrose district. This place is a very serious beer joint, so all in attendance are sure to be in a good … [Read more...]

SCRBC Preview: Bring On The Tiny Cowboy Hats

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The South Central Regional Barista Championship is almost upon us, drawing in theoretical competitors from 9 states, but actual competitors from only Texas and Missouri. Judges calibration begins Thursday, March 31st, with round one to follow on April Fool's Day. (Morbid, eh?) Kaldi's Coffee are fielding three competitors, along with hosting the … [Read more...]