22 Coffee Shops You Should Visit in San Antonio That Aren't Starbucks
By San Antonio Current Staff
Sure, Starbucks is one of the largest and most well-known moguls in the corporate world today. However, San Antonio has so many locally-owned coffee shops that really step up the game when it comes to quality. Here we've found 22 places with the best brews in town to help you explore the finer notes of caffeinated beverages.
Summermoon Coffee Bar 3233 N. St. Mary's St., Suite 102, (210) 320-1773, woodfiredcoffee.com.
So what is this mysterious Moon Milk all about? Its basically a combination of seven secret, all-natural, all-organic, sweet ingredients they add to your milk (or any non-dairy alternatives) to create a magical flavor that can only be explained as heavenly. Their most popular drinks are their Moon Milk lattes, which they call Wintermoon for iced and Summermoon for hot. Getting a latte with a Full Moon (full strength of Moon Milk) might be more sweetness than youre ready for but you can adjust that by asking for Half Moon (think vanilla latte on the sweetness scale) or even a Quarter Moon.
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Barrio Barista 3735 Culebra Road, (210) 519-5403, barriobarista.wixsite.com.
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, barbacoa grilled cheese sandwiches and Mexican American studies. Dont miss the horchata iced latte.
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CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery 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 theyre in SA they serve breakfast tacos until 11 a.m.
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Theory Coffee 2347 Nacogdoches Road, (512) 507-3025, theorycoffeeco.com.
Manned solely by a man with beard enough for two, Mark Vollmers coffee trailer offers quality coffee and pastries to cappuccino-craving commuters at 410 and Nacogdoches. Grip an iced latte (theres house-made almond milk for vegans, too) and admire one of the classic muscle cars that frequently stop by.
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White Elephant Coffee Company 110 W Carolina St., (210) 465-9478, wecoffeecompany.com.
Opening in Southtown San Antonio over two years ago, this minimalist coffee shop has a loft-like feel you can really relax in. Here, youll find all the coffee classics to sip on-site (cappucino, latte, Americano, etc.), or you can buy wholesale to brew on your own time. Either way, youre gonna want to explore their expansive drink menu, which includes fruit-based Elephant Waters and loads of delicious pastries.
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Mildfire Coffee Roasters 15502 Huebner Rd. Ste. 101, (210) 492-9544, facebook.com/mildfire.
Can we call Mildfire Coffee Roasters the OG of coffee roasting in SA? Don't mind if we do. The original location at 15502 Huebner Road first opened in 2005, and has been thriving ever since. Stop by when you have a little time to enjoy a nice atmosphere with a quality cup o joe.
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Revolucion Coffee + Juice 7959 Broadway, (210) 701-0725, revolucioncoffee.com.
Sure, there are many coffee shops in SA that can accommodate their drinks to health-focused diets, but how many can say the same for their pastries, treats and eats? At Revolucion, their entire menu is designed to serve those who are focused on overall wellness. However, this doesnt mean their food is dry or bland at all. On the contrary, with menu items like Breakfast Molletes and fresh smoothie bowls, you wont even realize how healthy youre eating.
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Halcyon Southtown 1414 S. Alamo St., Suite 101 (210) 277-7045, halcyonsouthtown.com.
Halcyon Southtown is so much more than a coffee shop. Of course they serve every classic you can think of, but from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., they also serve brunch. Thats right, brunch. If you happen to pop in on a Saturday or Sunday during these hours, you can grab some Benito Eggs Benedict with hash browns along with your morning coffee. Oh, youre feeling a pastry too? Dont worry, Halcyons got you covered.
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Rosella Coffee Company 203 E. Jones Ave., (210) 277-8574, rosellacoffee.com.
Rosellas chill two-story loft space is the perfect setting to go solo, or to meet up with a group of friends. Not only is it a great place to get coffee, but its an ideal spot to grab lunch, dinner and maybe even a couple of drinks. They host live music, and its located right by the scenic San Antonio Museum of Art, so you can take soak in the sights whenever youre done sipping on your brew. Whats not to love?
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Bakery Lorraine Multiple locations, bakerylorraine.com
Besides having some of the most elegantly delicious sweets youll ever taste in San Antonio, Bakery Lorraine also serves a mean cup o joe. While it may seem like black coffee would play second-fiddle to their sumptuous Opera Cakes or delicate boxes of macarons, Bakery Lorraines brewing method hits all the right notes. No cream? No sugar? No problem.
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