Are you ready to get your coffee buzz on? The second annual San Antonio Coffee Festival will take place in La Villita on Saturday, December 14. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., attendees can sample more than 30 locally roasted coffees sourced from around the world, attend educational seminars and buy java paraphernalia from vendors.
A tasting flight of four “artfully brewed” coffees runs you just $5. Information about participating exhibitors can be found online at sacoffeefest.com, and tickets for a flight can be purchased near the fountain in La Villita’s Maverick Plaza.
Stick around to counteract your caffeine with some coffee cocktails at the after-hours event from 4 to 7 p.m. A tasting flight of four spiked libations from restaurants including the Fig Tree, Boudro’s and Guadalajara Grill costs $12.
Presented in part by the City’s Department for Culture & Creative Development and La Villita Historic Arts Village, Coffee Festival is the brainchild of Linda Brewster. A New Orleans transplant, Brewster comes from a family of coffee aficionados and professionals (her grandfather, father and she all worked in the industry). She organized the first Coffee Festival of this kind in NOLA in 2009.
More than 5,000 people attended last year’s event, also held at La Villita, sampling 31 coffees from eight exhibitors. Brewster expects a similar or even larger crowd and this year the number of exhibitors will increase to 12. Another new addition? The Fig Tree is offering an omelet brunch from 10 a.m. to noon for $24.99 (make reservations online at figtreerestaurant.com or by calling (210) 224-1976).
“Most of the exhibitors that come out are local to the San Antonio area, all of them are roasters, and some of these folks have amazing backgrounds,” explained Brewster. “They’ve actually gone out to the farms, consulted with farmers, graded beans, followed the entire chain of production,” she said.
The educational component of Coffee Festival will include a full schedule of half-hour seminars with topics ranging from the history of coffee and cold brewing to the future of the industry and latte art. The schedule of sessions will be posted on the Festival’s website prior to the day of the event.
“People love coffee,” said Brewster, “and it’s also about the connections. Coffee is global and people drink it every day from all over the world.” She’d like to see the festival grow to a multi-day event, drawing locals and tourists alike.
As for her favorite coffee? Brewster had only this to say: “My favorite coffee is the one I haven’t tried yet!”
$5 per tasting flight 10am-5pm Sat, Dec 14
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