Patika Coffee

Overall Rating: 6.900


Address: 215 Congress Ave.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 2nd & 3rd Sts.
City, State ZIP: Austin, TX 78701
Neighborhood: Downtown
Phone: 512.535.3955
Hours: M-F 7:30am-5:30pm; Sa-Su 8am-5:30pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 6.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 2
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Synesso
Coffee Rating: 7.80
Aroma: 8
Body: 6
Brightness: 9
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Turpeny
Coffee Beans: Cuvée Coffee Roasting Company
Cup Manufacturer: Paper
Price: $2.25
Last Update: 03/08/2012
First Reviewed: 03/06/2012
Notes: Kiosk; Outdoor Seating

Review
This coffee cart sits in an otherwise vacant parking lot downtown next to the beached trailers of other food purveyors. It's an outdoor kiosk with an outdoor table/picnic bench and an over-hanging tarp for shade. The parking lot is separated from the sidewalk traffic by handrails. Inside their semi-mobile cart, two staffers run the operation with a two-group Synesso machine and Cuvée Coffee. They are apologetically required to use paper cups by city ordinance, as they are classified as a food truck and thus have limitations on the vessels and utencils they can pass out. They pull shots with a rich, medium brown, even crema on a layer of a thinner-bodied, more acidic espresso than served by the Caffé Medici serving Cuvée across the street. It's potent, narrower in flavor profile, and lighter on body: a stereotypical "third wave" North American espresso.