We moms take our caffeine very seriously. Lucky for us, San Antonio has a very robust coffee scene. These places may not replace your ol’ reliable drive-thru coffee shop (and especially not the Target Starbucks), but if you’re going to get out of the car, you might as well support local businesses and get a cup of coffee DONE RIGHT!
Aspen’s Brew (11255 Huebner Rd., Ste. 100, San Antonio, TX 78230)—”Like” their Facebook page to find out which days they serve FREE drip coffee (YES, FREE!), usually from 7:30–9:30 A.M. My personal fave: Iced latte (extra shot of espresso), no sugar. If you’re a coffee lover, you’ll appreciate their smooth, never bitter espresso. And you know that coveted Sonic ice? Aspen’s Brew makes their iced lattes with ice similar to Sonic’s, and I’m not quite sure why, but I swear it makes it taste better.
Bakery Lorraine (306 Pearl Pkwy., Ste. 110, San Antonio, TX 78215)–Amanda’s pick: latte, straight up, no flavor, no sugar. I think most of us coffee drinkers can agree: the better the coffee, the less sugar and flavoring it needs. Coffee not your thing? That’s OK. Bridget recommends the tea and, of course, the pastries! (And who can go to Bakery Lorraine and NOT get at least a macaron?)
Barrio Barista Coffeehouse (3735 Culebra Rd., San Antonio, TX 78228; closed on Thursdays)–Barrio Coffeehouse has a San Antonio twist and serves local favorites. This place has a cozy feel, personal TVs in each booth, and live music at night. Plus their frequent buyer’s card looks like a Lotería card. Too cool!
The Brown Coffee Company (two locations: 1702 W. Kings Hwy., San Antonio, TX 78201; and 1800 Broadway, Ste. 1131, San Antonio, TX 78215; W. Kings Hwy. location closed on Sundays)—The Brown Coffee Company has two locations: one on Broadway, which offers café-style food and is open seven days a week, and another on W. Kings Highway.
Commonwealth Coffeehouse (118 Davis Ct., San Antonio, TX 78209; closed Sundays)—Brooke’s pick: drip coffee with raw sugar and a little milk. Commonwealth also has a French pastry chef, and Brooke recommends the pain au chocolat or the fondant au chocolat. Their lunch menu is quite tasty, and the coffee house itself, set in a residential neighborhood with a patio perfect for a beautiful day, is equally charming.
Cuppencake (22211 W. IH-10, Ste. 1111, San Antonio, TX 78257)—Do you live outside “the Loop”?Cuppencake Espresso Bar and Bakery is located between San Antonio and Boerne and offers a vast array of coffee and bakery items.
Halcyon Coffee | Bar | Lounge (1414 S. Alamo St., San Antonio, TX 78210)—Located in the Blue Star District, Halcyon makes for a perfect daytime outing with the kids (they offer five types of hot chocolate and board games!) and a great date night pick. Halcyon has a full menu, including brunch, Happy Hour Monday through Friday, and is open until 2:00 A.M. every day. If you’re like me, a night out will most definitely include a cup of coffee, especially if I’m expected to stay up past 11:00 P.M. Halcyon’s coffee and cocktail menu kills two birds with one stone!
Indy Coffee Co. (two locations: Huebner Express—11930 Vance Jackson Rd., San Antonio, TX 78230; and Hill Country Farmers Market—18039 IH-10 W., San Antonio, TX 78257)—Truly dedicated to the art of coffee, you can visit them at two Locations: Huebner Express, and Hill Country Farmers Market.
La Taza (Brook Hollow Shopping Center, 15066 San Pedro Ave., San Antonio, TX 78232)—This gem features local bakers and serves coffee freshly roasted in the Texas Hill Country by Kiva Coffee Roasters. La Taza is open seven days a week, has free wi-fi, and features board games on Sundays afternoons.
Local Coffee (three locations: 5903 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209; 700 E. Sonterra Blvd., Ste. 113, San Antonio, TX 78258; and 302 Pearl Pkwy., Ste. 118, San Antonio, TX 78215)—With three locations to choose from—and all open seven days a week—Local Coffee is definitely a favorite for a few of us! Inga’s pick? Hot chocolate. Mine? A cortado!
Mildfire Coffee Roasters (two locations: 185502 Huebner Rd., San Antonio, TX 78248; and 8434 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio, TX 78229)—Check out their Facebook page. Mildfire Coffee Roasters offers freshly made juices and lunch and breakfast items. They also feature local artists and “Meet the Artist” events.
Olmos Perk (5223 McCullough Ave., San Antonio, TX 78212)—Open seven days a week, Olmos Perk features locally roasted coffee beans, beer, wine, and baked goods made by local bakers. It also provides free wi-fi access and private study stations.
Press Coffee (606 French Pl., San Antonio, TX 78212)—Open seven days a week and offering free wi-fi, Press Coffee is one of Celina’s favorites. “Press Coffee keeps it simple, using fresh grounds, low-temperature pasteurized milk (which kills all the bad and keeps all the good), and reverse-osmosis filtered water,” Celina explains. “They will gladly customize and add flavors to your drinks, but the key ingredients shine in a traditional latte. Fresh baked goods come direct from C’est Le Vie Baking Company and tacos are from local haunts: Taco Riendo and Las Salsas.” Look for the “Viking” as you drive south on San Pedro!
Rosella Coffee (203 E. Jones Ave., San Antonio, TX 78215)—Open seven days a week, Rosella also serves alcohol, so it makes for a great daytime stop or casual date night.
Theory Coffee Company (2347 Nacogdoches, San Antonio, TX 78209)—Shameless plug: The owners are the cousins of our very own ACMB Contributor, Candice!
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