Popular Southtown neighborhood coffee shop grinds to a halt at end of the month

Southtown neighborhood coffee shop grinds to a halt at end of July

White Elephant Coffee Company
White Elephant Coffee Company will soon close in Southtown. White Elephant Coffee Company/Facebook

One of San Antonio’s favorite coffee shops is bowing out of Southtown. Via the company’s Facebook page, owner Jose Carlos de la Colina announced that July 31 would be the last day for White Elephant Coffee Company.

The coffeehouse opened at 110 Carolina St. in July 2015 and quickly became a favorite neighborhood haunt. Far from being just a place to grab a quick latte and pastry, the tiny powder blue building also served as a community space, often hosting food trucks and regularly exhibiting local artwork.

The concept also included an on-site roaster that produced some of the most award-winning coffees in the Alamo City, including multiple nods from the national Golden Bean Coffee Brewers and Roasters Conference.

In the post, de la Colina did not list a reason for the sudden closure. Instead, he thanked customers, friends, and family and waxed philosophical on the coffee business.

“Our goal from the beginning was to form a family of true individuals that would extend into the community while offering the best coffee we could find,” wrote de la Colina. “This goal was met and surpassed throughout the years. I am proud of our family.”

It’s unclear whether White Elephant’s wholesale operations will continue after the shutter of the brick-and-mortar. Although an employee was unable to confirm the status, CultureMap has reached out to de la Colina for more information.