A Guide to San Antonio's Coffeeshops

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A Guide to San Antonio's Coffeeshops
Photo via Facebook, Rosella

Aspen’s Brew
11255 Huebner Road, Suite 100, (210) 561-5551, aspensbrewcoffee.com
A buzzing local favorite that is quick, cheap and fresh, Aspen Brewery offers a wide variety of ways to enjoy your cup of joe and free wi-fi. Compliment your morning bagel with a flavorful cold brew iced coffee for only $5.

Barrio Barista
3735 Culebra Road, (210) 519-5403, barriobarista.coffee
Part-community center, part-café and part-java emporium, this self-proclaimed coffee house is bringing San Antonio Coffee Roasters’ beans to the West Side. Owned by father and son team Gilbert De Hoyos (Jr. and Sr.), the former meat market is a haven for poetry nights, healthful lunches by Ruben Jimenez and Mexican American studies. Don’t miss the horchata iced latte.

Brown Coffee
Multiple locations, browncoffeeco.com
Calling all coffee snobs: Walk into Brown Coffee Co. (either their roasting operation on Kings Hwy., second shop at 1800 Broadway or the latest location inside Methodist Stone Oak Hospital) and you will immediately understand that this place is serious about its beans. The minimalist design is sleek and clean, providing few distractions from the main point of focus. What’s even more minimalistic than the décor is the actual coffee menu itself. Brown’s knowledgeable baristas craft coffee and espresso beverages from their in-house roasted beans. Walk in a coffee novice and leave a neophyte connoisseur.

Café Punta Del Cielo Cafeina Bar
115 N. Loop 1604 E., Suite 1105, facebook.com/puntadelcielostoneoak
Hailing from Mexico, this bar takes its role as dealer to caffeine-addicted crowds seriously. The recently opened joint is sleek and steely. Fuel up with the cold Polar Bear or Espresso — cool versions of your java faves.

Candlelight Coffee House
3011 N. Saint Mary’s St., (210) 738-0099 candlelightsa.com Looking for a little romance? Not ready for your perfect date night to come to an end? Pop into Candlelight with your honey for post-dinner espresso and pie. Located in an old house with soft lighting, plenty of comfy corners and mismatched, old furniture, Candlelight packs just enough quirky touches to make you feel right at home.

Commonwealth Coffee
118 Davis Ct., (210) 560-2955 commonwealthcoffeehouse.com
Tucked right off Broadway, Commonwealth Coffee has quite the homey feel — probably because the building is a recent convert from an Alamo Heights bungalow. With King Louis and crooner standards on the stereo, a delightful shaded patio and iced coffee served in Mason jars, Commonwealth favors the cute without ever going overboard. France is an inspiration, with a pâtisserie and Francophile lunch menu. But fear not, they know they’re in SA — they serve breakfast tacos until 11 a.m.

Copalli Cafe
555 W. Bitters Road, Suite 112, (210) 233-1974, facebook.com/copallicafe
If you need a place to escape from reality, Copalli Cafe is your getaway. At this low-key and cozy cafe, try a rich and foamy mocha or its signature coffee cake, baked with a gratuitous layer of cinnamon crumble and caramel drizzle.

22211 W. I-10, Suite 1111, (210) 892-3010 cuppencake.com
Pay this place a visit for some great service and even better bean juice. Try the affogato with vanilla ice cream for a fantastic mixture that will wake you up and keep you cool on a hot Texas day. Don’t forget to try a giant cookie or cinnamon roll from the bakery.

Ethos Coffee Cafe
9439 Bandera Road, (210) 523-9089 ethoscoffeeco.com
Brand spankin’ new to SA cuppa scene, Ethos offers fair trade, eco-friendly coffee on the site of Bandera Road City Church. They’ll make you any espresso drink and even a smoothie if you’re caffeine-averse, whether you’re staying for the service or not.

Estate Coffee Co.
1320 E. Houston St., (210) 667-4347 estatecoffeecompany.com
The folks at Estate source the best coffee and ingredients for its beverages by working with family-owned importers. They also promote transparency by displaying their roasting and brewing methods front and center for everyone to observe. Try the coffee cocktails which use products from neighboring Oak & Salt.

1414 S. Alamo St., Suite 101, (210) 277-7045 halcyonsouthtown.com
Located in the Blue Star District, Halcyon features a hip, industrial loft-style interior adorned with local art and modern décor. With plenty of tables to work and lounge areas to hang, Halcyon functions as a study space during the day. This café transforms into a hopping bar scene come 10 p.m. with full bar and spiked espresso beverages.

Hinee Gourmet Coffee
11881 Bandera Rd., Suite 107 (Helotes) (210) 695-2000, hineegourmetcoffee.com
Opened in 2011, this wee shop is in on the joke: “Funny Name, Serious Coffee — No Butt’s About It” just so happens to be its slogan. The neighborhood joint in Helotes packs in the wild flavors and Frapp-like creations along with Panini, soup and baked goods.

Indy Coffee Co.
7114 UTSA Blvd., Suite 103 (210) 233-9203, indycoffeeco.com

SA’s first mobile espresso provider moved away from its semi-permanent parking spot at Huebner and Vance Jackson and into a space of its own that caters to discerning college taste buds. Order one of everything and admire their little cactus mascot by the register.

La Taza Coffee House
15060 San Pedro Ave. ♢(210) 494-8292, lataza.biz
There is no place better to enjoy a nice cup of coffee than at home, but La Taza Coffee House sure comes close. The coffeehouse comes complete with puzzles, paintings of horses, and, of course, plenty of coffee — all brewed from local Kiva Coffee Roasters in Fair Oaks Ranch.

Local Coffee
Multiple locations, localcoffeesa.com
A “local” favorite and winner of the San Antonio Current’s “Best of SA” coffee category for several years in a row, Local Coffee is serious about its craft. With several locations around the city, San Antonians have made Local their favorite go-to café — for good reason.

MILA Coffee
2202 Broadway, (210) 929-3678, facebook.com/milacoffeesat
A relative newcomer to the Broadway corridor, MILA Coffee adds a Mexican flair to your morning cup. Add home-made Mexican vanilla to your lattes or fresh horchata over your espresso. You can't go wrong with just about anything from this coffee trailer named after owner Marco Cardel's daughter. 

Mildfire Coffee Roasters

Multiple locations
This "little shop that could" opened in 2005 as one of two joints in town roasting its own beans. Now, 10 years and two locations later, Mildfire is still kicking and thriving. Stop by the original location or the newest one by the Medical Center for pour overs and more.

Olmos Perk
5223 McCullough Ave. (210) 858-2956,Olmosperk.com
Something about Olmos Perk just seems to promote productivity. The classy but relaxed atmosphere encourages work and socialization. Students get a 15 percent discount, which makes Olmos Perk a perfect study destination to bring a group or go solo. Claim your territory at one of the modern but comfortable couches or plant yourself in one of the four individual study cubicles, complete with cozy chairs, power outlets and spacious desks — a studier’s holy grail. You’ll finish that essay in no time.

Paramour Coffee
102 9th St., (210) 340-9880 paramourbar.com
During the day when it isn’t harboring drunk urbanites, Paramour serves up some first-class espressos, lattes and teas. While the coffee is undoubtedly great, the best part about visiting Paramour is enjoying its beautiful outdoor roof where you can take in a view of the entire downtown area.

Press Coffee
606 W. French Pl., (210) 758-5513,presscoffeesa.com
Fairly new to San Antonio’s coffee scene, this petite (600 square feet) coffeehouse is located within biking distance from San Antonio College. Press almost gives you a sense of being in a friend’s house — a very posh and clean friend’s house. Imagine if they served coffee at Anthropologie and you’ll get the picture. Sit at one of its handful of tables with the latest Current while sipping on your Buddha’s Brew Kombucha chai tea (provided on tap) and you’ll forget you ever left home.

Revolucion Café + Juice
7959 Broadway, (210) 701-0725, revolucionsa.com
This shop boasts a unique flair, providing customers with a cafe experience in the bright and pristine environment of a juice bar. The coffee offerings reflect Revolucion’s health focus with options ranging from honey lavender lattes to matcha green teas to vegan and gluten-free drink and snack options. Take advantage of the grab-and-go convenience of stocked refrigerators full of fresh-pressed juices. Come in for a latte and pick up your favorite juice to go. Namaste.

Rosella Coffee Co.
203 E. Jones Ave., (210) 277-8574
Rosella’s two-story loft has plenty of space for you and your friends to hang out, meet up or work on group projects. If you get carried away into the afternoon talking or working, you’ll find that Rosella transitions into a fun evening spot, offering wine and an extensive selection of Texas craft beer. Who knows, you might get a little extra brilliance from whatever you choose to sip on.

Sip 160 E. Houston St., (210) 222-0149, facebook.com/sipbrewbar
This quaint little cafe offers a wide selection of coffee and juice. The Americano is one of the best in the city. You can also grab breakfast here as it offers an impressive menu of sandwiches and platters. Be sure to try the Sexy Sandwich that comes with a perfect combo of avocado, bacon and egg.

The Fairview Coffee Bar & Grub
3428 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 731-8009, thefairviewsatx.com
The Mulberry and St. Mary's intersection was blessed with a quaint and retro shop that treats beans the right way. Owners John Sanchez and Whitney Collins roast their own beans, fire up a mean weekend brunch and keep us all happy with vegan doughnuts from The Cake Thieves.

Theory Coffee Company
2347 Nacogdoches Road, (512) 507-3025 facebook.com/theorycoffee
Manned solely by a man with beard enough for two, Mark Vollmer’s coffee trailer offers quality coffee and pastries to cappucino-craving commuters at 410 and Nacogdoches. Grip an iced latte (there’s house-made almond milk for vegans, too) and admire one of the classic muscle cars that frequently stop by.

The Wander’N Calf Espresso Bar & Bakery
128 W. Blanco Road, Suite 9, Boerne 830-331-9156, wanderncalf.com
Situated just off Boerne’s Main Street, The Wander’N Calf shares retail space with boutique bakery, Sugar Belle’s Bake Shop. Run by South Florida transplant Wendy Riggott, the menu boasts a host of well-curated sips, including 100 percent Ethiopian Yirgacheffe cold-brew coffee and the most legit Cubano this side of Miami.

White Elephant Coffee Co.
1415 S. Presa St., Suite 107 (210) 465-9478, wecoffeecompany.com
The latest micro-roaster to hit Southtown comes via Jose Carlos de Colina, a Rio Grande Valley transplant. Pick up the usual latte or a bag of beans for your own brewing pleasure.

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