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Mozart’s by Day, Superstar by Night: Emily D

Meet Emily DiFranco! From shift supervisor to night manager — Emily is always helping out around our places any way she can.

Emily has been working at Mozart’s for 3 years now. She helps lead our team, sling drinks behind the bar, make the bake case look beautiful, and trains employees.

We just walked up to the bar and asked her what she is drinking right this second. Her answer? An Iced Oat Milk Latte with Honey — YUM! Her go to savory item is always the classic garlic bagel, but when Emily is in the mood for something sweet, she picks up a Snickerdoodle cookie.

Emily is such an asset to the Mozart’s team, but that’s not all she is an asset to. Sometimes she hits the road for months at a time! Not just for fun, but because she has a key role in the up and coming Austin band, TC Superstar.

As choreographer and dancer, Emily spends most of her time outside of Mozart’s practicing with the band, preparing dance routines for their latest hits, and traveling on tour to perform all over the United States.

If you haven’t heard of TC Superstar, you should absolutely look them up. There is truly nothing like them!

From their Facebook bio, this is what they say about themselves. “TC Superstar is a collaborative performance group fronted by Connor McCampbell. McCampbell’s production style is rooted in modern bedroom pop, but alludes to 80’s synthwave and late 70’s dance music. TC Superstar’s live set features high-energy dance performances choreographed by LB Flett, Emily DiFranco, Francis Rodriguez, and Yuriko Roby — all graduates of the dance program at The University of Texas at Austin. Performing musicians include Julio Correa, Mitchell Webb, and Aaron Chavez. 

The band formed in September of 2017 with the release of Masc, an album about notions of masculinity. TC Superstar quickly became a staple of the Austin scene, gigging frequently around the Red River cultural arts district.”

Check them out on their Facebook page here as well as their Instagram for upcoming shows in Austin, tour dates, and more.

We are so proud of Emily and all she is doing! She will forever be part of the Mozart’s family. Oh, and we can’t forget about her adorable cat Leo.

Say hi to Emily next time you’re in and for bonus points, check out one of their shows!  

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Meet Mozart’s People: Colton Massey

One thing we like to do here at Mozart’s is work with our employees. We give them the flexibility to work full-time, part-time, some time, here and there — whatever works best for them. This is why, if you come often, you may see people for a season, or just on Saturdays, or for a straight year and then never again.

Colton Massey is one of those people! Between going out of town for college, having a part-time internship, or being available every day — Colton has remained a loyal Mozart’s employee for over the past 3 years.

Just look for the big pearly white smile and a Boston hat and you’ll know exactly who we are talking about. Colton greets everyone with a smile and loves to learn about each and every customer during the small interactions that take place at the register. If he’s not taking your order, he is working quickly and efficiently on the espresso bar.

We asked Colton what his favorite thing about Mozart’s is. Here’s what he said: “I love all the conversations I have with regular customers that come in the mornings. We often discuss what book they’re currently reading or we exchange book recommendations.” What you may not know, is that Colton is an avid reader/writer and is currently pursing a degree in English with the dream to be a publish author one day.

Another fun fact about Colton is that he once got everyone that worked at Mozart’s to take the Harry Potter sorting hat quiz.

Colton’s go to drink is an Iced Americano with a splash of Oat Milk paired with a lightly toasted Maple Walnut Scone.

We enjoy having Colton around whether it’s all the time or just a little. Our Mozart’s staff truly is hard-working, dedicated, and a lot of fun. Be sure to say hi next time you’re in!

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Take Mozart’s Home With You

After quite some time of dreaming and designing, we finally have the finished product of our NEW printed coffee bags!

Since the beginning of Mozart’s time, we have been roasting coffee in house. Just read back a few stories here on our site and you’ll learn the rich history of our in-house coffee roaster!

For over 25 years, people have come from all over the world to not only drink the coffee we serve by our spectacular lakeside view, but to purchase a bag of freshly roasted coffee to take back home with them. Mozart’s Coffee makes the perfect memory, the most delicious taste of Austin, and a great gift for a loved one.

Yοu’ll notice on our new bags how intricate the scenic sketch is. Not only did we stick with the Kraft look to match the traditional packaging we have been using forever, but we added a Mozart’s staple to the front to really encompass what it feels like to step foot into our world.

The tree on the front is one of the most iconic things about the Mozart’s campus! It is the center, the foundation. During the days, you will find people sitting underneath this tree writing books, starting businesses, finishing degrees, having first dates. By night you will find people sitting next to the tree listening to live music, soaking in the night air, getting engaged.

If you flip the bag over on the side, you will notice our iconic “stamp” included on the new packaging. Did you know that this “stamp” is painted on a wall down by the lake next to The Grotto? “Get More Out Of Life With Coffee!” is a part of what makes Mozart’s, Mozart’s!

Plus it’s true… you can get so much more out of life with coffee.

These bags may be hot off the press, but so is our coffee from the roaster. You can find these new bags filled with coffee starting now in store as well as online. These bags are more than just a step up in our packaging, they are a piece of our home, going to yours.

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Mozart’s Mocktails Partnership with Liber & Co.

Mozart’s has unveiled a new line of non-alcoholic craft beverages heading into fall. Our list of new drinks will be: the Ginger-Snap Mocha, the Fig-ured it Out Cold Brew, the Pineapple-Grapefruit Karkade, the Almond Limonata, and the Taste of the Tropics. Each of these drinks was designed with a craft beverage industry trend in mind through a collaborative effort involving both Liber & Co. Essential Cocktail Syrups and Mozart’s Coffee Roasters.

Liber & Co. is a craft syrup creator from right here in Austin. Since its inception in late 2011, Liber & Co. has been owned and operated by three college friends (UT grads)!

Liber supplies bars and restaurants around the United States with high quality syrups produced in the same style and using the same techniques as syrups made in-house at the world’s top cocktail bars. Unlike commoditized syrups commonly used across the beverage industry, Liber & Co. syrups are made with all-natural raw ingredients like organic fresh ginger juice, Texas Rio Red grapefruits, and pure cane sugar to create unique syrups that have an unrivaled quality in the industry. We believe that flavored syrups simply don’t cut it in today’s beverage world, as customers continue to gravitate toward real ingredients that are easily understood.

The goal for this program is to expand Mozart’s offerings in line with the current mocktail/refresher trend . Hopefully in two months you’ll be able to call them one of Mozart’s new signatures and a part of what has kept Mozart’s at the forefront of the Coffeeshop industry in Austin.

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Green Bean Storage

As you know, Mozart’s is known for many things, one being that we roast our coffee in house. On any given day that you step foot on our lakeside abode, you will find the original roaster in the roasting room right outside our front doors!

What you probably didn’t know is where we keep all of our green beans. First of all, green beans aren’t the ones you eat for dinner. What we mean by green beans are the coffee beans we have that are in their natural state aka before roasting.

Our Head Roaster, Jack Ranstrom, takes a trip to our off-site storage unit 3 TIMES A WEEK to pick up fresh green beans! That’s a lot of coffee. Jack says, “In storage we keep about three months worth of coffee which is 10,000 Green pounds that I have to personally inventory batch out of and re-load every few weeks.”

Check out the image below to see what we are talking about!

Since we are a small batch roastery, we roast about 20 pound batches at a time. This turns out to about 16-17 pounds of roasted coffee when it’s all said and done.

We may be small, but we sure are mighty! Be sure to stop by sometime and check out our roasting room. You may even get lucky and see the fresh smoke evaporating from the room followed by a smoky, flavorful smell.

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Meet McKenna: Musician, Rower, and Iced Green Tea Lover

McKenna Michels has quite the story. You can find her playing music almost every weekend at Mozart’s, but her journey to get there was more a leap of faith. Here is what McKenna has to say about facing her fears and doing something she has never done before.

“I have two special experiences at Mozart’s. The first is when I met Stacey (one of the owners of Mozart’s Coffee Roasters). I am a musician and had never performed. I had about 3 songs written and wanted to start doing something with them. I had seen music at Mozart’s before and knew it was similar to my sound. So the Saturday before Mother’s Day 2019 I went in and asked how I could play, which was a major leap of faith for me. Stacey listened to my nervous pitch and took the chance to listen to my music. She responded “how about tomorrow?”. For me, this moment was special because it was a major milestone for me to gain the confidence to perform. Mozart’s took a chance on me from day one and gave me the chance to start following my dreams.

There’s more to McKenna than her musical talent. We asked her for some fun facts about herself and she said, “I’m a rower on the University of Texas’s Women’s Rowing team. I’m also majoring in Business Technology, which no one ever expects because I’m a singer! Another thing no one expects, I was classically trained in Opera when I was in high school. I even performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC my senior year.” So many talents!

McKenna’s go to order at Mozart’s is definitely an Iced Green Tea. Sometimes she will throw in an Iced Coffee, though. Her go to dessert is hands down the Gluten-Free Cheesecake. She said the White Chocolate on top is “just too good!”.

Another special thing that keeps her coming back to Mozart’s time and time again is the crowd. “Whether I’m performing, studying, enjoying nature, or talking with friends, it’s always an amazing environment. People are incredibly friendly and open to talking to you and truly appreciate the special environment of Mozart’s” says McKenna.

Her biggest supporters? The kids at Mozart’s! “They are always so excited and I sometimes invite them up to the front to sing Disney songs with me. This happened in July, but these girls were my first real fans. They wanted pictures with me, of me, and to play along and sing. It touches my heart every time because I used to be the exact same way, it brings back incredible memories.”

As mentioned above, you can find McKenna playing at Mozart’s almost every weekend. Be sure to follow her on Instagram @mckennamichelsmusic! And guess what… she’s releasing an album later this month so be sure to follow along so you can continue to support her!

McKenna — thank you for being an inspiration to us all. You will always have a family cheering you on here at Mozart’s.

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Meet Zina: The Mozart’s Regular Cat

Meeeoww I’m a mixed breed hybrid rescue cat. Officially an F2 Savannah.

My name is West African and means free spirit because my granddad was a 45 pound African Serval.

I’m small for my breed and darker because my great grandmother was a Bengal which comes from an Asian Leopard Cat.

When my human @projectstewritten gave me my 3rd and forever home they told her I’d never be a lap cat, never go on adventures, and probably hide a lot. They were wrong.

We rescued each other. I’m her emotional support Pet and together we go all kinds of places. Car rides, airplanes, and even boats! I still get nervous but I love our adventures.

If you see a kitty stuffed in a back pack around Austin. It’s me. Come say hello 👋

Zina loves to frequent Mozart’s with her human. You can follow along on other Zina adventures by following @zinaagent009 on Instagram!

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Meet Baylor University Cheerleader — Summer Lewis

If you’ve been keeping up with the Mozart’s stories, you will notice a trend: people love Mozart’s and they all have a unique reason for coming back.

Summer Lewis tagged us in her story on Instagram a couple times over the past few weeks, so we decided to reach out and learn more about what keeps her coming back time and time again. (Quick plug — be sure to mention us on your social media or reach out to us via DM so we can share your stories, too!)

We asked Summer a few easy questions so that we can all get to know her a little better. Check out the interview below!

Where are you from? Buda, Texas

What is a fun fact about yourself? I’m a Baylor University Cheerleader!

What is your go to order at Mozart’s? Vanilla Latte (Hot if it’s cold, Iced if it’s hot — I come all times of the year!)

What keeps you coming back to Mozart’s again and again? Mozart’s is a special place to me because no matter if I’m there for an hour or five, good conversations & stronger relationships build each time. Some of my best memories with my favorite people have been here, watching the sunset, sipping our favorite coffee, talking about our faith, and dreaming about the future!

Summer goes on to add, “I’ve met people here, said goodbye to people here, and had some of the sweetest reunions here. I can truly say Mozart’s is my favorite place on earth — especially at sunset.”

Thank you so much, Summer, for sharing your Mozart’s story! We look forward to seeing you around more often and treating you to an Vanilla Latte or two!

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Meet The Mozart’s Staff: Mary B.

Saturday through Wednesday, you can guarantee that on any given morning you will walk in the front doors of Mozart’s and see the bright, shining smile of Mary Blalock.

Mary has been with Mozart’s for 5 years now! WOW! After studying Arabic in college and working at Mozart’s, she decided to continue her career here and grow in the coffee world. Mary has now worked her way up to the title of Morning Manager.

Here are some of Mary’s favorite things to eat/drink at Mozart’s:

  • Favorite drink? Cold brew with Oat Milk or a Coconut Almond Iced Latte with Coconut Milk
  • Favorite Breakfast Item? “Hands down the Mozart’s Coffee Cake”
  • Favorite Dessert? The Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie

More fun facts? Of course! Mary has a free-roam bunny rabbit named Bernie!

Mary said she has loved Mozart’s since the beginning. Her favorite things include that we roast our own beans and that she’s gotten to know the morning regulars by name. Her favorite part about being a morning manager is that she gets to see the people that come in every single day. She’s built relationships with these customers that have even led to great friendships!

Apart from the amazing customers, Mary loves the old school ambience that Mozart’s has to offer. She says “It’s a different style coffee shop that any of the other shops around town. It’s very unique!”.

Say hi to Mary next time you’re in! 🙂

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Roast Levels

Let’s learn about the roasting levels of coffee together! As you know, Mozart’s was the first in-house roaster in Austin, TX 25 years ago. Through the years, we’ve learned quite a bit about coffee. Maybe there are a few things that you will learn through this simple lesson, too!

Light Roast
Coffee is dropped from the roaster well before second crack. The chaff is still in the bean and the development time is 20% or less. The temperature application is generally much hotter and faster. The roast times are much shorter. The final temperatures range from 400-415 degrees. The flavors decidedly favor the acidity over the body and are bright.

Light Medium Roast
Coffee Is Dropped just before 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 stage 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.

Medium Roast
Coffee is dropped just seconds into second crack. The development time is at 25% and the beans may or may not have some oils on them. The roast is stretched out in the middle to add a full body and start temperatures are lower for a smooth clean finish. Coffee comes out at 420+degrees. The flavor is a heavier body and full thick mouth feel that still has underlying acidity.

Vienna Roast
Coffee is dropped just into second crack as the oils are just starting to become visible. The development time is extended. The roast curve is like medium and hits the sweet spot in between medium and French roast. Coffee comes out at 425+ degrees. Subtle dark roast flavors.

French Roast
Coffee is dropped well into second crack and the oils are on the surface of the bean. Development time is over 25%. The roast curve is like Vienna and Medium roast with a slower rate of rise in the ramp stages of the roast. Coffee comes out at 430+ degrees. Intense dark robust roast flavors abound.

Italian Roast
Coffee is dropped from the roaster after second crack and the oils fully saturate the bean. Development time is prolonged from the extended roast times. The roast curve is uniquely longer and slower. Coffee is roasted to 440+ degrees . Smokey and silky flavor and mouthfeel, intense yet smooth finish.

Which roast is your favorite?! We’d love to hear!

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