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San Antonio's 4 best spots to score coffee on a budget

San Antonio's 4 best spots to score coffee on a budget
Local Coffee | Photo: Josephine H./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on March 03, 2020.

Looking to sample the best coffee around town?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable coffee outlets in San Antonio, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture when cravings strike.

1. Theory Coffee Company

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Topping the list is Theory Coffee Company. Located at 2347 Nacogdoches Road in Oak Park - Northwood, the food truck, which offers coffee and tea and more, is the highest-rated inexpensive coffee spot in San Antonio, boasting five stars out of 163 reviews on Yelp. 

The site has lots more information on Theory Coffee Company.

"Theory Coffee Company is a family-owned and operated specialty coffee trailer serving up some of the finest the city can offer," per the history section of the business's Yelp profile. "You’ll find the owner Mark Vollmer behind the bar on a daily basis, making drinks, chatting it up with the regular customers and serving up the good stuff. After years in the restaurant and service industry, Mark decided to offer up his style of coffee presentation, using Wildgift Coffee Roasters out of Austin, Texas."

In terms of signature items, "We proudly serve a locally roasted coffee, out of Round Rock, Texas,"  it states on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties. 

2. Barrio Barista

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Barrio Barista, a breakfast and brunch spot that offers coffee and tea, juices and smoothies and more in Third World, is another much-loved, cheap go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 373 Yelp reviews. Head over to 3735 Culebra Road to see for yourself. 

We looked there to learn more about Barrio Barista.

"Barrio Barista's history doesn't begin with the coffeehouse," according to the history section of the business's Yelp profile. "It begins back in the late 60s with our fathers business, De Hoyos Meat Market."

Interested so far?

"After a successful 17 years, De Hoyos Meat Market closed, yet the property and the vision for building community stayed in the family."

Furthermore, we found this in the Yelp in the section explaining specialties: "Coffee drinks, fruit smoothies, pastries."

3. Local Coffee

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Check out Local Coffee, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 302 reviews on Yelp. Dig in at the spot to score coffee and tea and more by heading over to 700 E. Sonterra. 

Yelper Dorothy G., who reviewed Local Coffee on Feb. 14 wrote, "I'm not a coffee drinker. However, hubby is and he says it's better than anything we had in Seattle, which says a lot!"

Stacy B. noted, "Great little coffee shop if you are in the area. There is sufficient indoor seating (no outdoor) and plenty of plugs for charging. A nice long table for those working on a project and in need of a lil' elbow room."

4. Mila Coffee

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Last but not least, there's Mila Coffee, a local favorite with five stars out of 94 reviews. Stop by 2202 Broadway to hit up the food truck, which offers coffee and tea and more, next time you're in the mood for cheap eats. 

Yelper Fernanda F. had this to say about Mila Coffee: "I've been driving by their coffee truck for the last few weeks, and there's always a huge line of people waiting to order. Finally today I decided to stop to get some coffee and see what the fuss is all about, and oh my! Now I know why people keep coming back for more!"


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