By Emily Reynolds
The coffee cups of San Antonians are being filled in great style — and this year are flowing over. Coffee culture is here — and it looks like it’s going to stay.
Within the past years, several locally owned coffee shops have been born — from the spacious, modernly chic Rosella, owned and operated by news journalist, Charles Gonzalez, to a third location for Local Coffee, which has opened its doors at The Pearl Brewery, near the new restaurant Cured. There seems to be a caffeine stop on every corner these days.
Gonzalez describes his vision for Rosella’s to be that of a community center.
“The space, the area, it’s big and open—designed as a place to hold a gathering for residents or meetings for professionals,” says Gonzales. Rosella has two floors making for the perfect hideout for a private conversation or the perfect place to get a slice of Tim the Girl’s avocado toast with a pour-over. Rosella is offering wine and dinner as well, charcuterie plates, cheese boards and a killer wine list designed by David Rangel.
It’s fun to be a part of the inception of a place, commented Rangel. The coffee is sourced from Cuvee out of Austin and Cuvee. Cuvee is unique in that they train all baristas on how to make their coffee. “If you are able to make the shot well – you can add more to the coffee without loosing the integrity.”says Rangel.
With the exception of Brown coffee, there are a limited number of local roasters.
A hidden gem coffee roaster Ferra Coffee. Owner Susan Jaime travels to the coffee farms in Latin America and roasts what she sources in Boerne. She is known around Latin America for her fine coffee, yet within San Antonio only a few sell her her carefully roasted and sourced coffee beans.
“Local does not mean that someone is sourcing locally, I would like people to know there are incredible roasters here locally. There seems to be a missing link between the local roasters here and what we offer,”explains Jaime.
Jaime encourages coffee shops and coffee enthusiasts to ask these three questions: Do you source your coffee directly from the growers? Is your coffee certified organic? Is your coffee specialty graded? As we have moved our culture to think about the food that we eat, Jaime envisions coffee consumers to also be mindful of what they drink.
Places like Halcyon, a coffee shop based out of Austin that moved to San Antonio about a year ago, have a vision to showcase various roasters in the upcoming months.
“We want to have a variety of specialty coffee alongside of our Katz Coffee, explains head barista John Lauber. One can hope that on that list local roasters like, Ferra Coffee will be showcased.
As our next step in the coffee revolution is to roast more locally and serve it at the same time.