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

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.