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A Treat Turned Tradition

Cinnamon Rolls and Coffee is a weekly tradition for local Austinite, Genevieve Watson. 

We reached out to Genevieve on Instagram after noticing not only her routine visits to Mozart’s, but also her beautiful post about cinnamon rolls on her instagram page, @genevievewatsonn. If you follow us, you may have even seen her before! 

“My love for Mozarts and their cinnamon rolls started in college” says Genevieve. “I can’t tell you how many fall morning I’ve spent studying or catching up with a friend on the patio.“

A year and a half ago, the frequent visits as 1 turned into a small crew visiting every Sunday when her and her boyfriend, Jay, adopter their adorable puppy, Hutch. Cinnamon rolls Sunday’s became a regular thing! 

Here’s how Genevieve says their typical Sunday goes:

  • We wake up early to beat the heat and head to Zilker Park to play a serious game of fetch 
  • After we’ve played to our hearts content we head out, taking the scenic route to Mozart’s Coffee Roasters
  • We order our cinnamon sugar cinnamon rolls and iced mochas before settling into a shady spot on the patio
  • We spend an hour or so talking about what our new week is going to look like and how we are going to prepare. It’s become an important part of us an our week
  • Then back home for a Sunday nap with the whole gang! 

“I’ll keep this Sunday ritual going as long as I’m in Austin! It’s so important to support the local  businesses that you love so much because we are loosing iconic Austin spots left and right!” 

Thank you, Genevieve, for sharing your routine and why you love Mozart’s. If you’re around this Sunday, keep an eye out for this lovely trio and be sure to say hi! 

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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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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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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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