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Firecake and Coffee and Our Independence

Back when our forefathers shouted “… no more taxation without representation”, they were complaining about Britain’s tax on tea.  Well, that’s when coffee became our national drink. It wasn’t a fancy Sumatran pour over or a spiced vanilla latte … just simple black coffee drank by colonists acting out their red-blooded, new-found American patriotism.  At Valley Forge, holed up for 6 months with no hope in sight, Washington turned our first militiamen into real soldiers that would go on to take back town after town from the British. Those troops were saved from complete starvation on primitive baked goods, what they called firecake – a mix of flour, water, a little bit of salt – baked on rocks in the fire.  

 

So, as we celebrate this 4th of July, toast our country’s birthday with some coffee and cake.  It’s a wholly American thing to do. 

 

We think its fitting that on this Independence Day, we’ve been recognized as the Best of the Best for both our Bakery and Coffee Shop.  George Washington might not recognize the coffee … or even the cake. But, we’re proud to be an Austin icon for 25 years, remaining fiercely independent along the way.  God Bless America.

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4th of July Celebrations!

To answer your first question, YES! We are going to be open all day on the 4th of July. Our hours are as normal, 7AM – Midnight.

The fourth of July means many different things to many different people. It’s a work day off to go on the lake with family friends you’ve had forever. It’s a reason to head to the beach! It’s a chance to invite people into town to explore the world you live in. Most importantly, it’s typically a day spent celebrating in some form or fashion.

It means many different things for us at Mozart’s, too! We’d love to see you be a part of our 4th of July celebrations. Some that have already begun. You may notice our new 4th of July inspired cookies that are already in the bake case ready for you to eat up or take to your 4th festivities.

We also have Andrew Stone playing live music on our patio from 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM.

We hope to create a place that you can visit not only on special holidays with family and friends in town, but one that you’ll keep coming back to. From our place, to our coffee, to our cafe — there truly is something for everyone. We want to help be a part of your story.

Enjoy your 4th of July! We hope to see at our Lake Austin Abode. Safe travels and loads of fun!

 

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Worth The Distance

We hear Mozart’s stories left and right. We love to not only hear them, but to share them with you! We met Jovannah over Instagram when she expressed her love and devotion for Mozart’s. Here’s what she had to say when asked what keeps her coming back time and time again.

“Vermont, DC, Florida, Georgia, California… my husband and I have been all over the country, and being the coffee fanatics that we are. We make sure to scout out new coffee shops to visit everywhere we go. In my mind I can picture them: walking along the street lined with towering Florida palms; rushing in to escape the chilly winds on Fisherman’s wharf; cozying up by the fireplace in the home converted to a coffee shop. While these are among some of our favorites, there is something special about Mozart’s that keeps us coming back (so much so that we don’t even mind the hour long drive from our home). 

Our favorite things about Mozart’s are the atmosphere, and the coffee, of course!

The outdoor area is so inviting with its wide wooden deck, large shady trees, string lights, and a great view of the lake. It is so enjoyable sitting out with a nice iced vanilla latte (my drink of choice), or a cortado (my husbands drink of choice). And hey, our daughter loves it, too! 😉

In addition to the in house drinks, we absolutely love that they offer coffee beans as well! We love that they are freshly roasted and give us a little taste of Mozart’s at home; carrying us over until our next trip!”

Thank you so much for driving the distance and sharing your love of Mozart’s with us. We hope to see you and your family back again soon!

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Specialty Roasted Coffees

Let’s learn more about coffee and our special roast we are working on in house right now!

Mozart’s has a history of only creating and roasting staple blends, but also offering a wide variety of special seasonal roast to mix it up a little!

Mozart’s is now featuring Arabian Yemen Mocca Haimi, Peaberry, Burrai in our new High End Special Offering Line of roasted coffee by the pound. These rare, single origin coffees have inherently unique flavor characteristics that make them an honor to offer and a treat to drink.

Here’s a quick overview of one of our favorite of these blends:

Yemen Mocca Haimi

Light Medium Roast

Rare Natural African

Complex Full Flavor

Rich and Rewarding

As a refresher, here is some insight on what exactly a Light Medium Roast is! Coffee is dropped just before the second crack. The development time is just over 20% and the beans are smooth on the outside. The temperature curve is controlled at the 2nd state of the roast to enhance the body after locking in the acidity. Final temperatures are 415-420 degrees. The flavor outcome is a balance between the natural acidity tempered by fuller body.

Check out our next blog post coming up soon on the special Columbia Natural Blends we will be offering for the remainder of 2019!

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Destinee: The Vegan Baker

Meet Destinee! One of the wonderful bakers at Mozart’s.

She was born and raised in Austin, TX. She says she often drives by the hospital she was born in!

We asked Destinee how she originally became vegan. Her response was “I originally went Vegan because Beyonce did it, but I felt great so I am now 3 years in.”

Fun fact about Destinee: She competed on Food Network’s Christmas Cookie Challenge in 2018!

“My favorite thing to do is literally everything! I just love baking and decorating and being create. So much so that when I’m not baking at Mozart’s, I’m making cakes and decorated cookies for my own small business that I launched in January. When I’m not sleeping, I’m in the kitchen.”, says Destinee.

She is the mastermind behind our new Vegan Cookie; which you can find in the bake case today. Destinee spent over a year testing and tweaking her vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe. “Since I am a recent convert to veganism, I still remember what non-vegan cookies taste like — I didn’t want my vegan cookies to taste like they are lacking in anything. Once I came up with a recipe that I was proud of, I couldn’t stop making them! For myself, for my vegan friends, my carnivore family. They liked them so much that they began volun-telling me to make them for events!”

She says her friends/family called them the “Vegan Gateway Drug”. Sharing this recipe with Mozart’s was a no brainer for her. She is honored and excited to be able to offer her fellow vegans another option since she knows the struggle.

Her hope is that she can expand the vegan menu even more in the near future. Stay tuned! In the meantime, be sure to check out Destinee’s creations that are already out and ready for you to eat.

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A Mozart’s Love Story : Randi and Jesse

People come to Mozart’s for many different reasons. Whether it’s stopping in on your way out of town or sitting in the same spot under the tree every Sunday — there’s something special about our lakeside abode.

Take it from these two: Randi & Jesse.

On any given day, you may find Randi and her husband Jesse sitting out on the patio. What you may not know about them is that they actually met at Mozart’s! We asked Randi about that day, and this is how it goes. “So my husband and I met accidentally, through a whirlwind of poor timing, (my friend was running late, his parents were in town because he’d just become an attorney) and were destined to be together.  His little dog broke off her leash and attacked my large great dane (puppy at the time!) – (Great Dane, Charlotte, is 6yo now!) and I asked him if this was how he tried to pick up women. He said, on that day, that it was. We began some lighthearted banter –  and we’ve been together since.”

Randi goes on to mention what Mozart’s means to her. “This shop is a home away from home for me.  When my husband and I have family or friends staying at our house, it’s the first place we bring people.  When we need an escape one or both of us will head over.  We can sit and work, focus on what we need to, and are always around kind people and delicious brews.  It’s also a great place to just work quietly, as a lot of my sales job revolves around typing and honing in on proposals, and I can edit and work freely – with the most perfect bottomless drinks in the summer and always-outdoor-months in Austin!”

What a story! Randi says she studied here during undergrad from 2000-2004 and has been frequenting ever since. She says no matter where she goes in life, she will always come back to Mozart’s!

Her go to drink: extra ice, bottomless black tea.  Right amount of caffeine and bite, cold and crisp every time!

Randi and Jesse — your Mozart’s family loves you. Be sure to say hi to them next time you’re at Mozart’s. I’m sure they would love to meet you!

 

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Chloe Youtsey & Black Coffee

“An emerging artist recognized at the Kennedy Center’s 20th Annual Betty Carter Jazz Ahead international residency (Washington D.C.) Chloe Youtsey (pronounced Yahtzee) is making her mark on the local Austin scene. A singer-songwriter, with a taste for jazz, oldies, R&B, bossa nova, and “tasteful pop,” Chloe’s solo career has been marked by 6 years of performing for weddings, restaurants, professional gatherings, private parties, jazz cafes, as well as being an active teacher and musical theater director!  Chloe currently performs both as a soloist and a revolving member of a few jazz groups around Austin and San Antonio.”

Not only has Chloe graced us with her unbelievably beautiful voice during live music at Mozart’s, but she’s written a song about Black Coffee! Here’s what Chloe has to say about her song and how you can listen to it.

““Black Coffee” is actually a three year old song now at this point, and I’d love to re-record it someday in an actual studio…

What you hear was done in one take on piano on a handheld mic stationed just perfectly still with the acoustics of my parent’s bathroom to assist.

Additionally, I recorded the voice bit in the pantry downstairs into the wee hours of the morning so I wouldn’t wake my family up! I recorded it right before I moved to Austin in an attempt to spiffy up my Bandcamp account, which is the only online portfolio I had before my YouTube channel and my website, which is just www.chloeyoutsey.com.

I wrote “Black Coffee” as a double entendre of what a caffeinated drink could do for you on a rainy day as well as what the deep well of someone’s brown eyes could do for you in the night.”

Check out Black Coffee here and also our events page to see when she will be back to play live!

https://chloeyoutsey.bandcamp.com/track/black-coffee

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The First In-House Roaster in Austin, TX!

Twenty-five years ago, Mozart’s Coffee Roasters broke into the Austin’s coffee culture by being the first in-house roaster.

Yes, others were roasting their own beans, but none in house. That same roaster is the same one you’ll find on the premises today!

We’ve worked hard to establish our classic blends by taking the best practices for artisan roasting and implementing each process here at Mozarts to ensure we have consistent quality for all our roasts. These blends are created, blended, and roasted in the age-old Northern-European Germanic tradition of smooth and bold flavor profiles. These coffees are of the medium to dark roast spectrum reflecting the classic coffees of Europe in the twentieth century.

Moving forward, we have developed a newer line of offerings that are reflective of the 21st century and it’s evolution of lighter roasted, uniquely- sourced and selected single origin coffees, espressos, and old blends.

Be sure to swing by not only to see our in-house roasting happening live, but also to grab a bag of coffee beans to take a little piece of Mozart’s history home with you.

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