One you walk in, you will notice the beautiful Mistral with with the Houndstooth moniker. The Mistral was a high end collaboration between La Marzocco and Kees van der Westen.
The shop has offers products from several roasters, including the Cuvee Coffee, Counter Culture Coffee, Madcap Coffee Company, and Handsome Coffee Roasters. All of them use direct-trade, sustainable beans.
The baristas know their coffee and can geek out or just serve you what you want. We talked about coffee and equipment and I felt an affinity with them. I loved my visit so much that I came back the next morning.
My coffee was smooth and buttery. The extraction was dialed in.
If you are in Austin, you have got to give this place a try. While there are more third wave shops opening up in East Austin, Houndstooth is one of the originals and has had a great deal of influence in the emerging coffee scene in Austin.