I don’t always get to meet the owners of the coffee shops I work in; when I do, they’re always nice. But I’ve never met one more exuberant than Amy Brown of Cupprimo. Sitting with a friend at one of the tables, she was joking with me and my husband from the moment we walked into her compact space, before we even knew she owned the place. Glancing around, I recognized her shoulder-length blond hair and sparkling blue eyes in the oversized photos that decorate the walls. The pictures include Amy’s husband and kids and lots and lots of cupcakes.
Speaking of cupcakes, they’re delicious here, even the gluten-free ones, which can be hard to make taste good. That’s probably one of the reasons why Cupprimo was featured on the Food Network show “Cupcake Wars” back in 2012. Aside from TV stardom, baking fresh gluten-free cupcakes every day is really what sets Cupprimo apart from other bakeries in north Austin. Cupprimmo always offers at least four GF flavors, and custom orders are more than welcome. The “regular” the cupcakes are freshly made each day, too, and they’re just as yummy as they’re GF counterparts.
The flavors range from familiar – Primo Vanilla, Double Chocolate, Strawberry – to fantastical – Lemon Pistachio, Drunk Pineapple. Be sure to try the Blue Velvet made of old-fashioned wedding cake with cream cheese frosting. It’s almost too pretty to eat, but that won’t stop you. Or, at least, it didn’t stop me! If you have flavor ideas, don’t hesitate to tweet them Amy (Twitter handle: @cupprimo). She’s very open to new flavor combos and very responsive on social media.
From a working standpoint, Cupprimo is a pleasant space to toil away on the laptop. There’s free wifi, a bar looking out over the parking lot, and small tables in the front. The back has comfy chairs for reading or conversation.
If I lived in Austin, Cupprimo would be a regular stop for me – but not more than once a week. With their scrumptious offerings, it’d be too easy to expand my waistline while emptying my wallet!
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