25 Coffee Shops You Should Visit in San Antonio That Aren’t Starbucks 

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Do you love those fancy espresso drinks from Starbucks, but also feel compelled to support local businesses? Warm your bones with a hot cappuccino or caffè latte at one of these independent and uniquely inspired coffee shops instead.
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White Elephant Coffee Company
1415 S. Presa St. #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.

Photo via Instagram (peggyjh)
Revolucion Coffee + Juice
Multiple locations, revolucionsa.com
The delightfully floral Honey Lavender Latte is a must for caffeinated visitors to Revolucion, the first and only 100% vegetarian coffee shop in San Antonio.

Photo via Facebook (Revolucion Coffee + Juice)
Halcyon Southtown
1414 S Alamo St., (210) 277-7045, halcyoncoffeebar.com
A tenant of the trendy Blue Star District, Halcyon is an excellent pick for both daytime relaxation and nighttime recreation. Lovers of boozy coffee concoctions should definitely try out the VooDoo Lady, a potent mix of Kahlua, Bacardi and vanilla chai.

Photo via Facebook (Halcyon Southtown)
Rosella Coffee Company
203 E. Jones Ave. #101, (210) 277-8574, rosellacoffee.com
Rosella offers its customers amazing service and high quality products. But, be sure to arrive early to the industrial-chic cafe to grab a table upstairs.

Photo via Facebook (Rosella Coffee Co.)
Mildfire Coffee Roasters
Multiple locations, mildfirecoffee.com
Colorful coffee joint Mildfire serves up brews made from fresh beans roasted on-site.

Photo via Facebook (Mildfire Coffee Roaster)
Bakery Lorraine
Multiple locations, bakerylorraine.com
A stylish and shady staple in the Historic Pearl Brewery, Bakery Lorraine is an ideal meet-up for a quick lunch with a friend or a quiet, simple coffee date. Run by a husband and wife duo, the craft bakeshop dishes out quality goods that pair perfectly with a warm beverage.

Photo via Facebook (Bakery Lorraine)
The Wander'n Calf Espresso Bar & Bakery
128 W Blanco Rd #9, (830) 331-9156, wanderncalf.com
Owned and operated by the compassionate parents of a special needs child, the Wander’n Calf is staffed by workers with similarly unique needs seeking to learn about business and hospitality. Get exceptional coffee and sweets while also supporting the special needs community.

Photo via Facebook (The Wander'n Calf Espresso Bar & Bakery)
Paramour Coffee Bar
102 9th St., (210) 340-9880, paramourbar.com
Enjoy the plush couches and Downtown view found at Paramour while sipping on a decadent specialty drink — such as the curiously named Ménages à Trois — on a sunny afternoon. Expect to find coffee beans from across Texas, pastries and cocktails starting at noon.

Photo via Facebook (Paramour Coffee Bar)
Bird Bakery
5912 Broadway St., (210) 804-2473, birdbakery.com
Bird Bakery, a petite bakeshop located off Broadway, offers up a variety of delicious espresso drinks to accompany the tasty confections behind its well-esteemed reputation.

Photo via Facebook (Bird Bakery)
Indy Coffee Co.
7114 UTSA Blvd. #103, (210) 233-9203, indycoffeeco.com
A frequent stop for Spurs player Patty Mills, Indy Coffee Co. is SA's first mobile espresso provider, which now holds a sweet location off UTSA Boulevard.

Photo via Facebook (Indy Coffee Co.)
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Sip Coffee & Expresso Bar
160 E. Houston St., (210) 222-0149

Andrew Weissman of several foodie favorites — including The Luxury and Il Sogno — took over reins at Sip last January, adding a bit more flair to the once matter-of-fact café. Now you’ll find brewed sips, “more than sips,” “tossed and mix’d” fare and “squeezed sips” with prices ranging anywhere from $2.50 to $9.

Photo via Facebook (Puro Pinche)
22211 W. IH-10 #1111, (210) 892-3010, cuppencake.com
Situated outta the loop between San Antonio and Boerne, Cuppencake doubles as an espresso bar and bakery lounge, making it an ideal place to satisfy your sweet tooth and coffee craving.

Photo via Facebook (Cuppencake)
Candlelight Coffee House
3011 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 738-0099, candlelightsa.com
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.

Photo via Facebook (Candlelight Coffeehouse, Wine Bar & Cafe)
Local Coffee
Multiple locations, localcoffeesa.com
Winner of the San Antonio Current's "Best of SA" coffee category for several years in a row, Local Coffee is a longtime favorite on the scene. Always bustling with action, each of the Local Coffee locations is serious about providing an excellent coffee shop experience to its bright-eyed customers.

Photo via Facebook (LOCAL COFFEE)
Barrio Barista
3735 Culebra Rd., (210) 519-5403, barriobarista.wix.com
Owned by father and son team Gilbert De Hoyos (Jr. and Sr.), the former meat market is a haven for poetry nights, healthful lunch by Ruben Jimenez and Mexican American studies. Don't miss the horchata iced latte.

Photo via Facebook (Barrio Barista)
CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery
118 Davis Ct., (210) 560-2955, facebook.com/CommonWealthCoffeehouse
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.

Photo via Instagram (commonwealth_coffeehouse)
Aspen's Brew
11255 Huebner Rd., Suite 100, (210) 561-5551, aspensbrewcoffee.com
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.

Photo via Instagram (aspensbrewcoffee)
Copalli Cafe
17080 State Hwy. 46, Spring Branch, (830) 228-5233, copallicafesa.wix.com
Family-owned business slinging out comfort food at its finest, Copalli Cafe is sure to please anyone committed to damn good coffee.

Photo via Facebook (Copalli Cafe)
Brown Coffee Company
1800 Broadway St. #1131, (210) 274-0702, browncoffeeco.com
Brown brings you world-class blends straight from producers around the world. Espresso enthusiasts should definitely check out this craft coffee company's Kenyan blend.

Photo via Facebook (The Brown Coffee Company)
Ethos Coffee Cafe
9439 Bandera Rd., (210) 523-9089, ethoscoffeecafe.com
Peopled by a diverse medley of churchgoers, coffee drinkers and community members, Ethos works closely with its supplier to bring the newest blends of the season, as well as the old favorites, to its loyal customer base. Try the Mexico Chipas for a clean flavor with a light, nutty aroma.

Photo via Facebook (Ethos Coffee Cafe)
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Hinee Gourmet Coffee
11881 Bandera Rd. #107, (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.

Photo via Facebook (Official Hinee Gourmet Coffee)
Mila Coffee
2202 Broadway, (210) 929-3678, facebook.com/milacoffeesat
Big flavors are coming out of this tiny truck that's parked next to Richter Goods in the Broadway News parking lot. Try the horchata cold brew or vanilla latte made using Mexican vanilla beans.

Photo via Facebook (Mila Coffee)
Estate Coffee Co.
1320 E. Houston St, (210) 667-4347, estatecoffeecompany.com/
The Dignowity area is serving up serious coffee with the addition of Estate Coffee Co., which roasts its own beans in-house. Stop in for lattes, coffee cocktails and brunch on weekends.

Photo via Facebook (Estate Coffee Company)
Summermoon Coffee Bar
3233 N. St. Mary's St., Suite 102, (210) 320-1773, facebook.com/summermoonsatx/
Austin's sweet-laced coffee bar landed in SA last fall with a full coffee menu next door to the D.R. Semmes YMCA.

Photo via Facebook (Summermoon Coffee Bar)
Theory Coffee
2347 Nacogdoches Road, (210) 507-3025, facebook.com/theorycoffee
One of the first coffee trailers to hit the caffeine-starved streets of San Antonio, Theory also features dreamy pies with flaky crusts via Young Lion Piemakers.

Photo via Instagram (TheoryCoffee)
White Elephant Coffee Company
1415 S. Presa St. #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.

Photo via Instagram (peggyjh)

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