If folks downtown have a little more pep in their step this weekend, it isn’t just because the weather has thawed out long enough to put your parka back in the closet. The San Antonio Coffee Festival is returning to La Villita Historic Arts Village with an eye-opening program of demos, workshops, and tastings celebrating America’s favorite drink.
The annual affair is the brainchild of New Orleans native (and aptly named) Linda Brewster, who brought the coffee festival to San Antonio after moving her family here earlier in the decade. Since then, coffee culture has exploded in Alamo City, and the caffeine-a-palooza keeps drawing record crowds and an ever-growing roster of local roasters. This year, that includes 20-plus area coffee companies and more than 80 different varieties.
Although the event is free to the public, tasting flights complete with four selections can be purchased for $5. Bean heads are encouraged to approach each flight the way wine lovers approach wine, noting the aroma and distinct notes of each brew. A full slate of seminars will teach participants how to make the most of the roasts, covering everything from the fundamentals of building a palate and cold brewing to latte art and recycling grounds. There’s even a class on home beer brewing with coffee.
In addition to all the coffee talk, the festivities include a wide variety of family friendly activities including shopping, art stations, and live music. Some of San Antonio’s favorite food trucks — Cheesy Jane’s, Amore’ Pizza, Panifico Bake Shop, Cousin’s Maine Lobster, and more — will be on hand to make sure no one gets the coffee jitters.
The San Antonio Coffee Festival takes place Saturday, January 6 from 10 am-5 pm. Tasting tickets are available online.