LESLIE MARTIN + COLD SOY CORTADO
I was raised in Houston,Texas and aside from a stint in Mexico and a year living in Peru, I have never lived outside of Texas. In high school I spent week nights dancing at local teen clubs. It is hard to believe teen clubs existed. Oh the good old days. Nights in these clubs changed my life in two ways. First of all, they exposed me to people who lived on the fringe; queers, punks, drag queens, goths, homeless kids, artists, etc. Secondly, it was in these clubs that I discovered underground music and how happy music made me feel. I came to Austin in 1988 for college and have been here mostly ever since. I fell head over heals in love with the subculture of Austin in the eighties. I spent my free time discovering local bands and hanging out at coffee shops meeting writers, musicians and artists. After, a rocky college career, I enjoyed the wonderful slacker life of bicycling, checking out shows, swimming at the greenbelt, and hanging out at coffee shops.
In the late 90's and early 2000's Austin saw a big boom and many of my beloved cafes and clubs closed. I was done with undergrad and debating what my next step would be. I had been supporting myself through school by working in restaurants and was in love with the opportunity it gave me to meet interesting people. In the late 90's my grandmother passed away and I inherited $18,000 from the sale of some of her antiques. I started my journey looking to replace some of the character that was being lost by the city I loved. I took my passion for the artsy café and my love of the service industry and started a small café named Bouldin Creek Café.
I started Bouldin Creek Café in a 700 square foot shack in the summer of 2000. We were basically a coffee bar with a small menu of vegetarian food prepared in a tiny kitchen. We employed the artists, musicians, queers that had always had my heart. Over the years we gained a loyal following and our menu grew with the demand. By 2005 we were a full blown restaurant with lines out of the door on weekends. I started secretly searching for a larger location as we were busting at the seams and it was becoming a challenge to maintain the building and serve people efficiently in such a rundown and tight space. The original Bouldin Creek Café had a beautiful soul, but the structure was never suited to house a busy restaurant. Everyday was a struggle to repair the building, keep the staff and guests cool, and find room for product. In 2008, I was presented with the opportunity to turn a 1940's garage into a full blown restaurant. Ten years after the move, Bouldin Creek Café is one of the most popular vegetarian restaurants in the country. employs 95 people, supports animal and human rights organizations, promotes local artists, and works hard to be as eco friendly as possibly. The outsides of the café changed but the soul has stayed the same. I spend my free time now hanging with my dog, reading, swimming, and of course listening to music.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE GO TO COFFEE DRINK?
My favorite drink is a double espresso topped with cold soy milk in a cortado cup, Basically it is a cortado but you don't steam the milk. I really like the cool temperature, but if I get busy,I don't have melted ice in my coffee.
DESCRIBE YOUR MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE ASSOCIATED WITH COFFEE?
My most memorable coffee experience is drinking cappuccinos in the smoking section at Captain Quakenbush's on the drag. I don't smoke and never have, but I loved the cast of characters that hung out in there, the sidewalk café feel, and the fact that someone I knew was always passing by. Ninety-nine cent beans and rice were good too.
DO YOU MAKE COFFEE AT HOME? IF SO, HOW DO YOU PREPARE IT?
Honestly, I really like the ritual of going out for coffee. I am a coffeehouse hound. I think I have been to all of them in Austin at least once. I have a drip machine, chemex, aeropress, and a French press at home yet I almost never make coffee at home. I even have an espresso bar at my café. Still I prefer going out to a coffeehouse for coffee. It gets my creative juices going. I miss the pre laptop and wifi days but I still go. My fiancé likes to make a French press and if I drink it at home it is because I am enjoying some time with him.
WHAT WAS THE CRITERIA FOR CHOOSING YOUR PLAYLIST?
My coffee playlist is a list of the songs I remember being in heavy rotation at my café when it first opened. We were basically a coffeehouse at first and it was fun to create a mood for folks. I set the list up from morning to closing time. I think mornings at coffeehouses are sweet. The first 10 songs are for mornings and the last ten are for when you need some get up and go!
DOUBLE ESPRESSO + COLD SOY MILK CORTADO
2oz of Espresso
Pulled into a 4oz Cortado glass
Add 2 oz of cold soy milk