The coffee explosion doesn't stop with power meetings. Sometimes the lattes and cortados come in sweet little locally grown packages. Here's a list of a few joints we love to while away an afternoon in.
Fairview Coffee (3428 N. St. Mary's St., 210-731-8009) is located in a small, unassuming strip center near the San Antonio Zoo. Don't let that fool you, though — Fairview is bright and inviting on the inside, with communal seating and retro-chic decor. Their house blend is rich, smooth and invigorating, with or without cream and sugar. Try one of their toasts if you're feeling peckish; the cheddar, apple and chive toast is especially tasty, and their avocado toast has inspired rave reviews.
Press Coffee (606 W. French Pl., 210-602-6590) is a relative newcomer, but it's hard to imagine the San Anto coffee scene without them. The helpful staff really knows their stuff, and Press' small menu shows off the best that coffee has to offer. Whether you're a latte lover or a French press devotee, Press has something for you, and you can bet your beans that it's good. In warm weather, make sure to stop by their charming outdoor seating area to enjoy your caffeine of choice and a pastry.
Positioned perfectly on the outskirts of the University of Texas at San Antonio's Main Campus, Indy Coffee Company (7114 UTSA Blvd., 210-233-9203) has opened their door for college students and SA residents alike to explore their caffeinated palates and indulge in the intricate art of espresso bean roasting. In their own words, Indy owners have described their product as "the juiciest lil fruit bombs you and your buds have encountered." They couldn't be more right. You'll feel like an honorary bro here, sipping on your straight-up 'spresso and surrounded by their rustic 100-year-old Texas longleaf pine paneling, skateboard collection and knowledgeable staff.
CommonWealth Coffeehouse (118 Davis Ct., 210-560-2955) is so beautifully engineered and curated that you will find yourself hard-pressed to devote enough attention to each and every aspect of the establishment. The coffeehouse maintains a spacious, yet sweet, exterior seating section that evokes an authentic aura of Paris, and the interior is complete with comfortable couches and cutesy décor. Apart from the furnishing, CommonWealth features a variety of menu items ranging from Austin-native Cuvée coffee beans to buttery almond croissants.
A relatively new addition to the San Antonio coffee competition, Southtown gem White Elephant Coffee Company (1415 S. Presa St., Suite 107, 210-465-9478) has already earned a name for itself in serving up house-made coffee beans, freshly squeezed organic juices and savory breakfast and lunch items to suit any preference. Coined the "baby blue" – and rightfully so – due to the establishment's fun-loving baby blue exterior, White Elephant invites both coffee connoisseurs and coffee novices alike to come out and experience the novel brews for themselves.