Coffee Shop Culture
San Antonio’s buzzing with coffee shops JESS ELIZARRARAS
Barrio Barista // Part-community center, part-café and part-java emporium, tahis 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 or the barbacoa grilled cheese sandwich. 3735 Culebra Road, (210) 519-5403, barriobarista.coffee.
Southtown spot) 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. Multiple locations, browncoffeeco.com.
Berry to Bean Coffee House // The Broadway corridor gained another coffeehouse with the opening of Berry to Bean, which packs in both caffeine and smoothies late into the evening. Stop in for latte art, vegan pastries or a fresh smoothie on your way to or from the Witte. 3900 Broadway, (210) 549-222, berrytobean.com.
Café Martinez // Hailing all the way from Argentina, this franchise location adds a chic comfortable space, full café menu and of course, coffee to the Medical Center area. Stop in to co-work, or for a first date. 7302 Louis Pasteur Drive, (210) 231-0095, cafemartinez.com.
Brown Coffee // Calling all coffee snobs: Walk into Brown Coffee Co. (either their 1800 Broadway location, outpost inside Methodist Stone Oak Hospital or their upcoming 68
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Candlelight Coffee House // 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. 3011 N. Saint Mary’s St., (210) 738-0099, candlelightsa.com. CommonWealth Coffee // Tucked right off Broadway, Commonwealth Coffee, and now found dotted throughout San Antonio’s downtown. 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. Multiple locations, commonwealthcoffeehouse.com. The Cracked Mug // For a charming and quaint coffee shop, visit The Cracked Mug in Helotes, which carries Brown Coffee Co. beans, and features a full menu of breakfast and lunch. 14743 Old Bandera Road, Suite 1, Helotes, (210) 635-0829, facebook.com/ thecrackedmugcoffeehouse.