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Coffeecionado has one simple mission: “To empower smallholder coffee families throughout Colombia, engendering greater socio-economic rural prosperity within coffee growing communities” says, Patricia Butler also known as “The Queen of Coffeecionado” and owner of the coffee house. The quaint establishment is located at 502 West Mitchell Street, right down the road from Confluence Park and close to Ruby City and the Missions National Historical Park.
The coffee house’s menu features an assortment of americanos, cappuccinos, cold brews and lattes, as well as CBD-dedicated drinks. According to Yelp, a few customer favorites include the Americano, the Hazelnut Latte, the Hazelnut Latte and the Vanilla Cold Crew. Customers also commented on their helpful, friendly staff, their use of environmentally-friendly bamboo straws and their delicious baked goods.
On Coffeecionado’s YouTube Channel, owners Patricia and Clinton Butler are featured in an interview that was produced by The Down Market, a digital guide that takes an in-depth look at the creative culture of San Antonio. The video, titled Coffeecionado: A Story for the Passion for Coffee, is about how the couple got into the coffee business, the importance of supporting Colombian coffee growers, the technology behind their coffee roasting technique and how Coffeecionado is building a community around coffee. According to the interview, Coffeecionado “produces single-origin, micro-farmed, quality coffee from the trees of Colombia.” It is also a “community roaster where people can learn to produce, to create and to share that with the world.”
According to her biography, featured on the website for the San Antonio Entrepreneurship Week, Patricia Butler was born in Chia, Colombia, a small town located about 30 miles from Bogota, the country’s capital and largest city. She moved, with her family, to Miami, Florida, at the age of 14. After graduating high school, she enrolled in the Translation/Interpretation Studies Program at Miami Dade College. Her career began in Georgia, at the Fulton County Superior Court, as a licensed court interpreter. From there, she quickly became a lead interpreter and was recognized as one of Georgia’s top court reporters. Later, while working in Austin, Texas, at the Travis County District Attorneys Office, she met, and later married, Clinton Butler, an assistant district attorney. Eventually, the couple movie to San Antonio and the rest, as they say, is history.
Coffeecionado sells 12-ounce bags of arabica coffee beans. Arabica beans are high-quality, aromatic coffee beans that produce a coffee featuring a light, smooth taste. Their Bourbon Excelsco Coffee, which originates in the Huila Department, one of Colombia’s largest coffee producing regions, in southwest Colombia. The coffee has subtle notes of chocolate and caramel with a smooth, rich finish. Their Castillo Coffee, also originating from the Huila Department, features the fragrance of fruits, notes of chocolate and panela, and a citric acidity produce this well-balanced cup. Their Castillo Supremo, which comes from the Quindio Department, famous for their coffee plantations, in western-central Colombia. The coffee has nutty and earthy notes with a subtle hint of brown sugar.
Coffeecionado often features different events, either on-site or off-site. Their latest event that they co-hosted was the Southside Women Entrepreneur Mixer, by Live From the Southside, which was held on February 28th, 2020. Patricia Butler will host “Women in Coffee and Sustainability,” on March 7th, 12th, 14th and 25th, 2020, at 4 different branch libraries.