By Emily Reynolds Stringer
Is it doomsday for local coffee shops in San Antonio? Two favorites, The Foundry, located at 2720 McCullough Ave. and Grassroots Coffee, 343 W. Sunset Road, close this month. The Foundry is a non-profit, volunteer-run, free-trade, green-living coffee house which will close on June 21.
Grassroots Coffee also prides itself on local and fair-trade delights and they close their doors next Saturday (June 16). Why? Despite offering baked goods, exceptional coffees, hours of free wifi and a safe place for our community to blossom, the stores weren’t able to sustain themselves financially.
Doors open at Revolucion Coffee and Juice
With so many Starbucks sprinkled around the Alamo City, running a local coffee shop is a challenge to say the least. Yet as one door closes another door opens.
Facing high risk and a competitive market, Manny and Angie Carral are opening Revolucion Coffee and Juice at 7959 Broadway Ste. #507. Revolucion means a sudden, complete or marked change in something; a new way of doing things. These two are ready to pull up their bootstraps and grind the coffee beans.
The Carrals have poured their hearts and their souls into their new business. Revolucion just opened its doors and the couple is looking for local support. Angie says, “We seek to serve high-quality coffee and juice and promote healthy living here in San Antonio.”
High quality is what you will get with organic coffee, cold-pressed, house made juices including: watermelon, pineapple and ginger or carrot-coconut. You can dabble in their Gardeners Feast Tamales which are made with organic masa, olive oil instead of lard and they come freshly steamed.
You get what you pay for in life — especially with food. If you’re seeking a cheap drink this is not your place. The prices are fair, though, given the quality and the ambiance. So if you’re looking for a new hot-spot, stop in at Revolucion and meet the Carrals. Put your money where your bumper sticker is and “ support local.”
Emily Reynolds Stringer is a guest writer at SavorSA. She is the author of “Beyond Burning Bras” and is a writer specializing in food culture based in San Antonio. She blogs at DefiningDelicious.com and tweets @definedelicious