2/20/2013 11:34:00 AM

Austin's Cuvee Coffee Opens Its First Retail Space

You may have read yesterday here on Zagat Austin that Cuvee Coffee is opening its first retail space on Monday, inside the new Salt and Time Butcher Shop and Salumeria on East Seventh. And it’s true! We caught up with roaster and master barista Lorenzo Perkins to talk about the new front, which will offer a full espresso bar as well as other coffee drinks and beans.

Perkins says the coffee company is trying to simplify the pretentiousness around coffee and “create unique and complete beverage experience.” To that end, the menu only has seven coffee items on it (in other words, you won’t find any frappuccinos here). And Salt and Time is working on a breakfast menu to complement the coffee, or try the in-house Baked in Austin bread or Delysia chocolates available for sale.

“I want people to know we’re using high-quality ingredients and executing to the highest degree,” Perkins says. He cites Salt and Time and Barley Swine (which, coincidentally, rhyme) as major influencers. “Barley Swine is a tiny menu, and each composed plate is a whole experience to itself. The staff is laidback and punk rock without being aggressive. That’s the kind of coffee we want to execute.”

 1912 E. Seventh St.; 512-522-7258

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