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New coffee shop fills healthy niche in San Antonio's Broadway corridor

New coffee shop fills healthy niche in San Antonio's Broadway corridor

Berry to Bean SA
Berry to Bean is serious about its roasts. Berry to Bean/Facebook

The Broadway corridor might have become the most alert district in San Antonio on May 18. That’s the date the new Berry to Bean Coffee House joined a thriving caffeine scene, including favorites like Rosella, CommonWealth Coffeehouse and Bakery, and Mila Coffee.

Located across from the Witte Museum at 3900 Broadway St., the new cafe hopes to differentiate itself with a focus on health. In addition to buzzier espresso drinks, Berry to Bean offers a variety of noncaffeinated drinks like freshly prepared smoothies and cold-pressed juices.

In addition to traditionally made artisan pastries, the shop also serves many sugar-free options. Thanks to a partnership with popular vegan bakery Cake Thieves, that includes plenty of plant-based options like muffins and doughnuts.

“I want to give customers a better product that is healthy and delicious, while providing a casual and inviting place to start conversations and build relationships,” said owner Kam Mehta in a release.

The latter is provided by a warm and welcoming shop featuring comfortable industrial-style furniture and a large chalkboard wall showcasing illustrations of the coffee roasting process and growing regions. Pendant lighting with Edison bulbs gives the space a warm glow at night.

Mehta is not just concerned with the health of his guests, but also the health of his community. After Berry to Bean settles into a groove, he plans to make partnering with nonprofits a part of his business model.

That may prove to be a big boon for Alamo City. The Broadway location is the first of several Mehta has planned for the metropolitan area.