A French-themed coffee house in Alta Vista is quickly becoming the go-to place to grab a cup of joe or a quick bite, catch up with friends, talk business and more, according to the staff.
PhiloÇoffee, or Philosophy Coffee, opened in May at 606 W. French Place in the former home of Press Coffee.
“It’s a great space to come and study and just hang out,” said general manager Julie Butler.
She became intrigued by Seattle’s coffee scene after moving there. Returning to San Antonio, she worked as a barista at another shop and then connected with a pair of investors to get PhiloÇoffee percolating.
The beverage is a blend created by What’s Brewing Coffee Roasters.
“It (the coffee) is really smooth (and) has a bit of sweetness. I think our coffee is really top-notch,” Butler said.
One of Butler’s favorites is the shakerato — four shots of espresso mixed with simple syrup. It’s shaken with ice, poured into a glass and topped with heavy cream to create a foamy, highly caffeinated beverage.
The shop also serves items from local bakeries including Boss Bagel, The Bread Box and C’est La Vie Baking Co. in Castle Hills.
Butler enjoys the cinnamon roll and the tomato and cheese danish.
The atmosphere at Philo is “very relaxed,” she added.
“One thing I love about coffee shops is bringing people together and we have a really good space for that,” the manager added.
Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.
606 W. French Place. For more, call 210-314-8450 or visit philocoffeesa.com.