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Best Matcha In Austin

Matcha is a powder made from crushed up green tea leaves added to milk or water to make a caffeinated, earthy cup of happiness. Besides being a great alternative to coffee, matcha contains antioxidants and  great health benefits! Last year, I wrote an article on Austin’s best and worst matcha drinks. Now, I have compiled some of the most elite matcha sites in Austin.

Try Hard Coffee Roasters

1115 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

My former favorite matcha spot, Bandit, was taken over by GoPuff Kitchen, and while they still deliver matcha, the vibes are not the same. Try Hard quickly took its place in my heart. The interior is bright and lively with disco balls, plants, a DJ playing vinyl records and CBD rollies for sale. Their simple matcha latte is the perfect balance of earthiness and sweetness. The best part? They don’t upcharge for milk substitutions or syrup additions!

Photo by: Claire Waheed

Sa-Tèn

4917 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751

This Japanese-inspired cafe has a packed drink menu, and you can’t go wrong with anything! As matcha hails from Japan, this would be the place to get it. Their rose matcha is their seasonal special and makes a great treat, iced or hot. They have a variety of dishes, including brunch toasts using Japanese milk bread, donuts, chicken or tofu plates and more! There is plenty of seating with lots of natural light, making it a great study spot as well. 

Photo by: Claire Waheed

Freewheelin’ Coffee

1910 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

This cute trailer serves up  refreshing matcha with a variety of house made syrups, including my favorite, cardamom rose. They also sell the tastiest pastries, including a cardamom bun and Persian love cake. This is a great grab-and-go option if you find yourself on the east side!

Photo by: Claire Waheed

Genuine Joe’s Coffeehouse

2001 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757

This neighborhood coffeehouse is also a great study spot with many tables and a fun environment featuring many dinosaur-themed decorations. In addition, you can customize your matcha with their long list of syrups, including the one I enjoyed most, strawberry rose!

Photo by: Claire Waheed

Austin has great options all over for this green treat. Next time you need a boost of energy, switch out coffee and try one of these places!

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10 Crazy Things Customers Have Said To Me As A Barista

Anyone who has worked in the service industry knows dealing with people can be … rough. Over summers, and when I go home for breaks, I work as a barista at a famed coffee shop in my hometown. Below are just some of the things the more unconventional customers have said to me or my coworkers. 

  1. “I want something that’s brown. Do you have brown drinks?”

  1. *Stares at menu aggressively during a rush for a solid three minutes* 

“Do you have smoothies? Why not?”

  1. Customer: “Which one of these two is the matcha?”

Coworker: “The green one.”

Customer: “Then which one is the coffee one?”

Coworker: “The brown one.”

  1. “Aaaaaaaaand no tip for you.”

  1. “It’s 6 a.m. on the DOT — time to serve me.”

  1. “Excuse me, but not all of the employees greeted me when I walked in. I’m going to need your CEO’s personal phone number.”

  1. “Why doesn’t my matcha have espresso in it?”

  1. Customer: “Can I have some water?”

Me: “Our water pitcher is at the end of the bar with cups.”

Customer: “I have to get it myself?”

  1. “I NEED my latte to be steamed at 180 degrees. I want it to burn my hand.”

  1. “Which one is the hot drink and which one is the iced?”

To the baristas, wait staff, hosts, hostesses and everyone else out there just remind yourself at the end of a hard day, the customer is not always right.

Featured Image by Dorian Villalba

Is it a RIP-Off?: Drag Edition

Austin is full of things to see, do and experience— and half of them are total rip-offs. So I’m here to tell you what’s best and what’s a mess. This week’s subject: The Drag. 

  1. Torchy’s Tacos 
Courtesy of: Visit Austin

Verdict: Rip-Off

Why: Come on. You knew this was coming. We live in Texas. You can get better tacos for less money at pretty much any food truck. 

  1. Whataburger 
Courtesy of: Unsplash and Tendaishe Gwini

Verdict: Worth It

Why: Say what you want about Whataburger not being as good as it was five years ago, it’s still a Texan staple. From the fun orange color scheme to the iconic Dr.Pepper shake, this is the place to go at 2:00 a.m. with $5 in your pocket. 

  1. Coco’s Cafe 
Courtesy of: Fearless Captivations

Verdict: Rip-Off

Why: To be honest, I’ve never gotten the hype around Coco’s. It has okay drinks, long lines and an expensive price tag. I’d recommend getting your boba fix elsewhere.

  1. Caffe Medici 
Courtesy of: Flickr

Verdict: Worth It

Why: Caffe Medici is a prime study spot. There is something on the menu for everyone, including coffee, matcha and Italian sodas. Plus, the atmosphere is student-friendly and there’s plenty of seating.  

  1. Kerbey Lane
Courtesy of: Kerbey Lane

Verdict: Rip-Off AND Worth It

Why: The food is mediocre but no one really goes to Kerbey for the food. They go for the tradition and for saying they ate chocolate cake with friends at 4:00 a.m. after finishing a final paper (possibly based on a true story). So, yes, it is a rip-off, but I also highly recommend you go sometime in your college career. 

Now that you’re armed with knowledge, go forth and explore the drag with confidence! You are most certainly not getting ripped off today.