Owner Andrea Ley is largely credited with introducing café de olla, a Mexican coffee prepared in a traditional earthen clay pot, to San Antonio in 2019. Along with the namesake brew, Olla Express also incorporated then-underutilized flavors such as piloncillo, rompope, mazapan, cajeta, cardamom, chile and cacao.
Olla Express Café just competed to have its bottled raw piloncillo syrup added to grocery company H-E-B's store shelves across Texas via the company's Quest for Texas Best contest. Olla Express Café was the sole San Antonio-based contender in this year’s competition, but did not snag the grand prize.
To prepare for the grand opening, the mobile café — which usually posts up at Morningstar Storage at 6366 Babcock Road — will be closed this weekend, August 27-29.
Operating hours for the brick and mortar space have yet to be released. Owner Ley was unavailable for comment at press time.
Editor’s Note: while a press release for a new, neighboring eatery listed the soft opening date for the coffee shop as September 1, Ley informed the Current that the shop will in fact be open on September 2 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
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