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Fishing on Medina River gave idea for coffee shop

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Inspired by a love of fly fishing, the former owners of a pediatric health agency got hooked on being artisan roasters and opened Medina River Coffee.

T.J. Caplinger and retired Army Lt. Col. James Perkins, a 25-year veteran, operated the medical-related business for six years before creating their new venture in eight months.

“We were looking for a big change and something we could enjoy,” Perkins said.

Medina River Coffee debuted in February at 11825 West Ave.

A love of fly fishing in the Medina River near Bandera influenced the plunge into a new business.

The duo said they live close to the shop, and wanted to create something with a laid-back feel for the neighborhood.

“Our intent (was) to kind of bring the Hill Country to San Antonio with great coffee and pastries,” Perkins said.

Regular java, lattes and espressos are among the beverages available. Milk, soy and almond can be added.

Beans roasted in the shop include Ethiopian, Brazilian, Mexican, Guatemalan and Colombian.

Other drinks are lemonade and tea. Pastries are made by Caplinger and the baristas.

Discounts for active-duty or retired military are available.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

MEDINA RIVER COFFEE

11825 West Ave.

For more, call 210-802-6155 or visit medinarivercoffee.com

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