11255 Huebner Rd., Suite 100, (210) 561-5551, aspensbrewcoffee.com
A buzzing local favorite that is quick, cheap and fresh, 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.
735 Culebra Rd., (210) 519-5403, barriobarista.coffee
Part-community center, part-café and part-java emporium, this self-proclaimed coffee house is bringing San Antonio Coffee Roasters' beans to the West Side. 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.
Multiple locations, browncoffeeco.com
Calling all coffee snobs: Walk into Brown Coffee Co. and you will immediately understand that this place is serious about its beans. The minimalist design is sleek and clean, providing few distractions from the main point of focus. What's even more minimalistic than the décor is the actual coffee menu itself. Brown's knowledgeable baristas craft coffee and espresso beverages from their in-house roasted beans. Walk in a coffee novice and leave a neophyte connoisseur.
Café Punta Del Cielo Cafeina Bar
115 N. Loop 1604 E., Suite 1105, facebook.com/puntadelcielostoneoak
Hailing from Mexico, this bar takes its role as dealer to caffeine-addicted crowds seriously. The recently opened joint is sleek and steely. Fuel up with the cold Polar Bear or Espresso — cool versions of your java faves.
Candlelight Coffee House
3011 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 738-0099, candlelightsa.com
Looking for a little romance? Not ready for your perfect date night to come to an end? Pop into Candlelight with your honey for post-dinner espresso and pie. 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.
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- Commonwealth Coffee
118 Davis Ct., (210) 560-2955, commonwealthcoffeehouse.com
Commonwealth Coffee has quite the homey feel — probably because the building is a recent convert from an Alamo Heights bungalow. With King Louis and crooner standards on the stereo, a delightful shaded patio and iced coffee served in Mason jars, 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.
W. Bitters Rd., Suite 112, (210) 233-1974, facebook.com/copallicafe
If you need a place to escape from reality, Copalli Cafe is your getaway. At this low-key and cozy cafe, try a rich and foamy mocha or its signature coffee cake, baked with a gratuitous layer of cinnamon crumble and caramel drizzle.
1414 S. Alamo St., Suite 101, (210) 277-7045, halcyonsouthtown.com
Located in the Blue Star District, Halcyon features a hip, industrial loft-style interior adorned with local art and modern décor. With plenty of tables to work and lounge areas to hang, Halcyon functions as a study space during the day. This café transforms into a hopping bar scene come 10 p.m. with full bar and spiked espresso beverages.
Hinee Gourmet Coffee
11881 Bandera Rd., Suite 107 (Helotes), (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. The neighborhood joint in Helotes packs in the wild flavors and Frapp like creations along with Panini, soup and baked goods.
Indy Coffee Co.
11930 Vance Jackson Rd., (512) 751-0688, indycoffeeco.com
SA's first mobile espresso provider holds down a semi-permanent parking spot at Huebner and Vance Jackson, with Sunday excursions to The Rim's farmers' market and the odd special event here and there. Order one of its in-truck specials (we suggest the peach-flavored Old Prospector) and admire their little cactus mascot by the register.
Multiple locations, localcoffeesa.com
A "local" favorite and winner of the San Antonio Current's "Best of SA" coffee category for several years in a row, Local Coffee is serious about its craft. With several locations around the city, San Antonians have made Local their favorite go-to café — for good reason.
Mildfire Coffee Roasters
Multiple locations, mildfirecoffee.com
This little shop that could opened in 2005 as one of two joints in town roasting its own beans. Now, 10 years and two locations later, Mildfire is still kicking and thriving. Stop by the original location or the newest one by the Medical Center for pour overs and more.
La Taza Coffee House
15060 San Pedro Ave., (210) 494-8292, ataza.biz
There is no place better to enjoy a nice cup of coffee than at home, but La Taza Coffee House sure comes close. The joint comes complete with puzzles, paintings of horses, and, of course, plenty of coffee — all brewed from local Kiva Coffee Roasters in Fair Oaks Ranch.
5223 McCullough Ave., (210) 858-2956, olmosperk.com
Something about Olmos Perk just seems to promote productivity. Students get a 15 percent discount, which makes Olmos Perk a perfect study destination to bring a group or go solo. Claim your territory at one of the modern but comfortable couches or plant yourself in one of the four individual study cubicles, complete with cozy chairs, power outlets and spacious desks — a studier's holy grail. You'll finish that essay in no time.
606 W. French Pl., (210) 602-6590, presscoffeesa.com
Fairly new to San Antonio's coffee scene, this petite (600 square feet) coffeehouse is located within biking distance from San Antonio College. Press (pictured)almost gives you a sense of being in a friend's house — a very posh and clean friend's house. Imagine if they served coffee at Anthropologie and you'll get the picture.
Revolucion Café + Juice
7959 Broadway St., (210) 701-0725, revolucioncoffee.com
The coffee offerings reflect Revolucion's health focus with options ranging from honey lavender lattes to matcha green teas to vegan and gluten-free drink and snack options. Take advantage of the grab-and-go convenience of stocked refrigerators full of fresh-pressed juices. Come in for a latte and pick up your favorite juice to go. Namaste.
Rosella Coffee Co.
203 E. Jones Ave., (210) 277-8574, rosellacoffee.com
Rosella's two-story loft has plenty of space for you and your friends to hang out, meet up or work on group projects. If you get carried away into the afternoon talking or working, you'll find that Rosella transitions into a fun evening spot, offering wine and an extensive selection of Texas craft beer.
160 E. Houston St.
A refurbished space, new menu filled with salads, sandwiches, juice and a serious coffee lineup, via chef Andrew Weissman. The spot competes directly with neighbor Starbucks, and keeps Geekdom office dwellers caffeinated through those morning coding sessions.
The Fairview Coffee Bar & Grub
3428 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 731-8009, thefairviewsatx.com
Days away from opening this slim shop with quality beans, equipment and snacks, John Sanchez and Whitney Collins are adding a retro twist to the space. Expect house-made pastries, full espresso menu and then some.
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Theory Coffee Company
2347 Nacogdoches Rd., (512) 507-3025, facebook.com/theorycoffee
Manned solely by a man with beard enough for two, Mark Vollmer's coffee trailer offers quality coffee and pastries to cappucino-craving commuters at 410 and Nacogdoches. Grip an iced latte (there's house-made almond milk for vegans, too) and admire one of the classic muscle cars that frequently stop by.
3126 Pat Booker Rd., (210) 658-2927, tazalicious.com
Here you can find eight flavors of Tazzacino Frozen Coffees including the Frozen Banana Mocha. The North East side store also sells cappuccinos, lattes and espressos. On top of its many flavors of coffee, Tazas Café also contains an indoor hookah lounge with 50 flavors of shisha.
The Wander'N Calf Espresso Bar & Bakery
128 W. Blanco Rd., Suite 9 (Boerne), (830) 331-9156, wanderncalf.com
Situated just off Boerne's Main Street, The Wander'N Calf shares retail space with boutique bakery Sugar Belle's Bake Shop. Run by South Florida transplant Wendy Riggott, the menu boasts a host of well-curated sips, including 100 percent Ethiopian Yirgacheffe cold-brew coffee and the most legit Cubano this side of Miami.
West Side Coffee Room
824 W. Martin St., (210) 660-1990, westsidecoffeeroom.com
Nano-roasting. Look it up, it's a real thing and owner Newton Diem is adding it to the lineup in the city's West Side inside his tiny 300 square-foot shop. Expect Cuban Coladas (a shoot of espresso meets loads of sugar) and Japanese-style cold pours in this grab-and-go nook.
White Elephant Coffee Co.
1415 S. Presa St., Suite 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.