- Lea Thompson
Ybarra, inspired by boyhood summer trips with family to Mexico, grew Café Azteca from a series of pop-up events in San Marcos (and several coffee trailers) to a brick-and-mortar shop that celebrated its grand opening in East Side San Antonio on August 9.
Using family recipes, Ybarra has taken years to perfect Café Azteca's Mexican coffee specialities like homemade Mexican vanilla lattes, Café de Olla and champurrado.
The nearly 1,200 square-foot shop is filled with table and coffee bar seating, vegan-friendly donuts and conchas from Cake Thieves, and a colorful wall mural inspired by Ybarra's cultural and coffee journey.
What’s Brewing and Driftwood Coffee in Corpus Christi, and the shop sees a mix of new and loyal customers, who often make a weekly trip from San Marcos to visit Ybarra and enjoy his craft coffee.
"A lot of people have lost connection with their Mexican heritage and culture over generations in the United States," he said. "For me, coffee is a way to share my passion for my family and culture. Even simple things, like Café de Olla will be a new experience for many people."
- Lea Thompson
In the meantime, Ybarra is inviting coffee lovers to enter Café Azteca's Instagram contest, tagging friends and following the company on social media for a chance to win a year of free coffee.
“San Antonio is home; I always dreamed of opening a coffee shop here,” he said. “I'm excited to grow the Azteca family."