For me, coffee (or more importantly espresso) isn’t just a way to start the day but a way of life. Quality roasted beans, perfectly foamed milk, and a bit of beautifully created latte art is one of my simple daily pleasures. During February I tried out some new coffee shops/trucks in San Antonio and here are my five new favorite coffee spots.
LOLA Coffee Bar
Located adjacent to Travis Park, Lola opened its doors in December. Serving traditional coffee drinks as well as not-coffee drinks such as chai and turmeric lattes and hot teas. They will be expanding their menu to include beer and wine. They have free short-term 30-minute parking in the drive-through behind the building and validated parking (up to 2 hours) in the Travis Park Garage.
They are open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 7 pm. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm.
Travis Park Plaza, 711 Navarro St Suite 103, San Antonio, Lola Coffee Bar
Longtab Brewing Company
Just inside Loop 410 off Bandera is a newly opened coffee shop and brewery -Longtab. While it might be off the beaten path and go unnoticed, Longtab is serving delicious coffee along with Cake Thieves pastries. Since it’s also a brewery so you can grab a beer or two as well as traditional bar food.
Longtab is veteran-owned and honors the history, culture, and veterans of the US Army Special Forces or “Green Berets”. A portion of beer sales goes to charity or the family members of fallen Green Berets.
They are open Monday through Wednesday from 8 am to 2 pm, Thursday from 8 am to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday from 8 am to 11 pm, and Sunday from 12 pm to 8 pm.
4700 Timco W Suite 105, San Antonio, Longtab Brewing Company
If you are on the hunt for a cup of authentic Mexican coffee then Cafe Azteca is your spot. Opening in August in the Eastside’s historic Dignowity Hill, Cafe Azteca started as a coffee truck in San Marcos. Serving traditional Mexican coffees that include Café de olla, Mexican vanilla, and Chocolate de Abuelita as well as iced horchata lattes. You can also get traditional Mexican sweet treats like conchas and Cake Thieves vegan-doughnuts. Cafe Azteca has both table and bar seating which makes it a great space to work or chill in one of their comfy chairs.
They are open from 6:30 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday, and 8 am to 3 pm on Sunday.
1409 E. Commerce St, San Antonio, Cafe Azteca
A bright pink coffee truck opened in November in St. Paul Square and it is pretty hard to miss. Espada Coffee is brewing its espresso using beans from Estate Coffee and serving tacos from an Eastside restaurant. Everything about Espada Coffee screams local which I love plus the coffee is pretty exceptional. I am ordering one of their horchata cappuccinos on my next visit.
They are open from 7 am to 2 pm Tuesday through Friday, from 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday, and from 8 am to 2 pm on Sunday.
1120 E. Commerce St, San Antonio, Espada Coffee
Poetic Republic Coffee Company
Poetic Republic Coffee Co. opened its doors on South Presa in September. To quote part of their manifesto “We are the place where people go to pause, breath, and read.” You definitely get that when you walk in. There is a true sense of calm and tranquility along with a fantastic cup of coffee.
They are open Monday through Friday from 7 am to 3 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm, and Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm.
2330 S Presa St, Poetic Republic Coffee