OUR PICK: (TIE) Local Coffee, Multiple locations, localcoffeesa.com, Estate Coffee Co., 1320 E. Houston St., (210) 667-4347
Coffee in San Antonio is no joke. Long gone are the days of convenience over flavor. This year’s coffee shop tie goes to a long-standing player in the bean scene and a new kid on the block with striking similarities and differences. As of last April, Local opened two more shops: one inside a former Starbucks and another in Shavano Park. As Local grows, so does sister company Merit Roasting Co., which now carries six wholesale coffee varieties. Over in the city’s evolving Dignowity Hill area, Estate Coffee Co. is roasting their own beans, and helping downtown dwellers get their caffeine fix within an airy shop that shares a space with Oak & Salt Quality Goods, all while cultivating a food-lover’s culture by hosting small businesses (such as Pinch Boil House & Bia Bar) for pop-ups.