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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Espresso Your Self

What is Espresso?

Espresso is a certain type of coffee drink that is pulled from an espresso machine. It is a full-flavored , concentrated form of coffee that is made by forcing pressurized hot water through very finely ground coffee beans.

At Mozart’s, we have two espresso blends that we trade out often. Our signature espresso blend is the Mozart’s D’oro and the other is called WiseGuy Espresso.

Espresso D’oro has been our golden espresso since 1999. This espresso has a caramel, chocolate body and citrus fruit acidity.

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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!

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Mozart’s Mornings

To the first gentleman in the door everyday (before we even actually open) that orders a Blueberry Bran Muffin Toasted with two butters warmed up. The sweet woman that brings her own thermal for coffee. To the couple that not only brings their own thermal mug, but orders two Skim Lattes to be poured into them. To the group of men that order the same bagels every time, some even double-toasted!

We love spending our mornings with you.

There’s something about Mozart’s Mornings. They are calm, simple, and relaxing. You wake up with us next to the beautiful, peaceful lake. Freshly brewed coffee in all flavors, hot brewed teas, refreshing ice water, and not to mention —the plethora of breakfast options!

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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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Closer Than Ever: A Mozart’s Story

If you’re learning one thing through these stories, it’s that Mozart’s is a special place with rich history. 25 years of innovation, growth, lights, bakery items, coffee, and most importantly — stories.

Marian reached out to us on Instagram to tell us the story of her and her friend and what Mozart’s means to them and their friendship.

One day, Marian and Karina were bored in Austin. They weren’t locals and hit a lull in their adventures for the day. She decided to google coffee and Mozart’s was the first place that popped up!

“We loved it so much and the atmosphere was so awesome we started driving 40 minutes from San Marcos every week or so just to hang out by the water, sip on an iced latte, and listen to some live music.” – Marian

Marian told us that these little trips have led to the two of them being closer than ever <3

Check them out below!

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Let’s Talk About Cupcakes…

In the late nineteenth century, cupcakes received their name because their ingredients were measured by the cup full! They were originally baked in teacups — hence the name Cup Cakes. Of course, this was before the multi-cup pan was invented.

Cupcakes are one of the many things that our bakers love baking at Mozart’s. There’s so many different flavors and additions! Right now they are whipping up vanilla, lavender, oreo, and raspberry — but the fun doesn’t stop there. There’s new for every season!

Sarah, one of our wonderful bakers, says our original white cake recipe involves cooking some of the ingredients on the stove along with two mixers. “It’s much more involved than other cake recipes but so worth it. It’s the best white cake recipe I’ve seen!” – Sarah Hamilton

Check out these beauties below! Blended, mixed, baked, and topped beautifully to perfection.

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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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