The name of my business--and the logo--correspond to a woodworking term. A flitch is a slab of wood that has been cut from a log.
Flitch Coffee began as a concept in June 2014. After working in the coffee and service industry for nearly 7 years, I was excited at the opportunity to have a go at it myself and open a small-scale coffee shop in a quiet neighborhood in east austin. My association with Hatch Workshop (my fiancee's business) lent itself well with my mission. I wanted the easy, approachable, space of a coffee shop to inspire questions and opportunities relating to woodwork, fallen timber, and the resources that Hatch can answer/offer. The name of my business--and the logo--correspond to a woodworking term. A flitch is a slab of wood that has been cut from a log. Hatch takes opportunities from fallen logs in the urban Austin area to turn them into usable materials (some of which can be seen in and around my coffee shop). I began brainstorming ways to achieve this goal and started working on a kickstarter campaign that then launched in September 2014. With the help of so many family members, neighbors, and friends, my kickstarter goal was reached! I had the means to start buying equipment and my supporters were gifted with items hand crafted from local wood.
With help from Hatch Workshop, I was able to completely gut, renovate, and build-out a vintage Spartan trailer to meet my needs. Flitch opened April 1, 2015. It was truly the hardest I have ever worked before and I am grateful for the knowledge it has brought me and all the support along the way! I often end up talking with many customers about their own trailer projects and exchange advice with many members of the neighborhood who are attempting to accomplish a similar feat.
Now Flitch Operates 7 days a week and offers multiple roasters:
Evocation Coffee Roasters, which is a great small scale artisan roaster based out of Amarillo, Texas
Kickapoo Coffee Roasters, a larger artisan roaster from the midwest that offers a variety of direct trade and organic coffees all over the world
Wild Gift, an Austin roaster with delicious variety and consistency,
Tiny House Roasters, a roaster located within blocks of Flitch that specializes in direct trade to a coffee farm in Nicaragua.
Flitch also offers Breakfast tacos from Papa Joe's Tex Mex, a family-owned taqueria located around the corner from Flitch and pastries from Luxe Sweets. Some favorite menu items as of late have been the iced maple latte or a deliciously smooth cappuccino.
Hope to serve you soon!
-Erica Foster, Owner