Coffee, Anyone?

He runs into her in an elevator and is drawn by her beauty. Their eyes meet and he notices the beginning of a smile. Knowing that he doesn’t have much time before the elevator door dings open, he boldly blurts out, “Hi, will you join me for a cup of coffee?”

She smiles and says, “No!”

Before he can react, the elevator door opens and she heads out. He is a bit disappointed, but her smile gives him confidence.

The next day, he prepares his elevator entry in such a way that he finds her alone—for the second day in a row. He has a new crisp shirt on, his hair is nicely done, and he braves the words again, “Hi, will you join me for a cup of coffee?”

She smiles again and says, “No.”

As she’s about to walk out of the open elevator, she stops for a brief second, turns around, and says, “Ask differently next time!”

Having wisened up, when he runs into her the third day in a row, he asks, “Hi, will you join me for a cup of tea?”

She smiles and says, “Yes!”

While a good percentage of people (about 21% to be precise) prefer tea, the overwhelming majority of over 70% of folks in the U.S. prefer coffee.

I belong to the 70-percenters, and here’s my personal experience with coffee in San Antonio.

Types of coffee:

There are several types of coffee drinks—black coffee, decaf, espresso, latte, cappuccino, macchiato, Americano, café au lait, cortado, flat white, mocha latte, red eye, Irish coffee, iced coffee, iced latte, frappé, cold brew, and nitrous cold brew.

Black coffee is made from plain ground coffee beans that are brewed hot. It’s served without added sugar, milk, or flavorings.

Espresso is made from coffee beans that are more finely ground, and they’re brewed with a higher grounds-to-water ratio than what’s used for coffee. The result is a thicker, more concentrated liquid with a bolder flavor.

Polls taken in the U.S. and U.K. have shown that latte and cappuccino are the most popular coffee drinks. They are both similar with a subtle difference.

A cappuccino has equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and foam (⅓ each).

A latte is ⅓ espresso and 2⁄3 steamed milk, with a thin layer of foam on top.

Milk options for a cappuccino:

• The best milk for a cappuccino? Whole milk. Whole milk froths the best because it has the highest milk fat.
• You can also use 2% milk. It works fairly well, but you lose a bit of the richness.
• The best non-dairy milk to use for a vegan cappuccino is oat milk—it froths up the best and has great flavor.

Coffee as an art?

Latte art is a method of preparing coffee by pouring microfoam into a shot of espresso, resulting in a pattern or design on the surface of the latte. The two most common forms of poured latte art are a heart shape and the “rosetta” or “rosette,” also known as “fern,” which resembles a type of flower or fern.

Best places to get coffee in San Antonio:

There are several coffee shops in San Antonio where you can find these popular drinks. Merit Coffee Co. (previously called Local Coffee), Indy Coffee Club, and Café Martinez are some local coffee shops, but there are several others out there. You can also order these drinks at Starbucks.

Knowing my addiction to coffee, friends visiting from outside San Antonio often ask me, “Where’s the best place to get coffee in town?”

I tell them, “In my opinion, Merit Coffee makes the second best coffee in town! I’m pretty sure there are other coffee shops that may be able to match the quality of Merit Coffee but I get a consistent taste every time I go there—something that I cannot say about Starbucks!”

Second best? Who makes the best coffee, then?

That would be me! A combination of a solid espresso shot made from high-quality ground coffee beans using an espresso machine and coconut-almond milk made at home provides me with an unmatched cup of cappuccino.

How to make a cappuccino at home:

• Make the espresso shot using an espresso machine.
• Heat milk on the stovetop; then froth it. A temperature of 150 degrees Fahrenheit is perfect—that’s where the milk is hot to the touch but not simmering. Then froth the milk until it’s very foamy. For a cappuccino, you’ll want a good amount of froth: you’re going for ⅓ espresso, ⅓ steamed milk, and ⅓ foam.
• Serve. Pour the frothed milk into the espresso and serve!

Cappuccino and other latte drinks may sound exotic and challenging to make but if you follow some simple steps, you’ll realize that you can consistently get a high-quality cup of coffee from the convenience of your home every day!


A Doctor by profession, a trained Indian classical dancer who happens to be an avid traveler and a food enthusiast by heart. Florida native living in Texas with her hubby, two girls, and a fur baby. Loves traveling to near and far places with her family, and check out local restaurants around town specially mom and pop shops. Definitely not a morning person and has the most over sized sweet tooth ever! Favorite Restaurents: La Fonda and Pappadeaux Favorite Landmarks: Market Square and The Pearl Favorite San Antonio Tradition: Fiesta