To be honest, I like going to Starbucks. Not because of the coffee – I make a much better cup at home on my Capresso – but because of the atmosphere. The individually owned coffee shops are slowly disappearing, not only here in San Antonio, but across the nation. Gone are all the adjectives we used to associate with coffee houses (remember when they were called that?): quaint; peculiar; funky; offbeat; eccentric; cool; hip. Only to be replaced by what can aptly be described as sophisticated monotony. I can go into any Starbucks and expect about the same thing. The same earth tones, the same furniture, the same music, the same green aprons, etc.
That’s why it was a pleasant surprise to discover Jupiter as I was walking down S. Alamo in the historic Southtown. It was night time and the neon sign attracted my attention to the electric purple and bright red colors of the walls and furniture. I was determined to return when I finished eating dinner.
Its a small place with adequate seating with a modern look to the furnishings (Ikea rocks), lighting, and artwork. Everything is neat, organized, clean, and yet comfortable. The place is owned and operated by a husband and wife team who make you feel welcome, and who still believe in serving your coffee in a cup and saucer.
My wife and I ordered a simple cup of coffee. If you can make that right, everything else should just fall in place. The Baristas handle the two-group Faema with skill to pull great tasting cups of coffee. They support the Southtown Mainstreet Alliance when you buy the “Southtown Blend” and they carry about 17 blends of Fair Trade Coffee.
In my opinion, this is what the coffee house is about: good coffee, good atmosphere, and good people. Swing by sometime and support an institution that is fading quickly from our culinary culture.