Abuelita-inspired Mexican coffee shop Olla Express is brewing a grand opening – mySA

Olla Express, owned by Andrea Ley, was previously housed in a hard-to-miss 1980s Volkswagon van which usually set up around downtown and at coffee festivals and events. Now Ley is coming in hot with a Olla Express Cafe located inside the Gazebo Building of the Los Patios property. 
Olla Express, owned by Andrea Ley, was previously housed in a hard-to-miss 1980s Volkswagon van which usually set up around downtown and at coffee festivals and events. Now Ley is coming in hot with a Olla Express Cafe located inside the Gazebo Building of the Los Patios property. 
Olla Express, owned by Andrea Ley, was previously housed in a hard-to-miss 1980s Volkswagon van which usually set up around downtown and at coffee festivals and events. Now Ley is coming in hot with a Olla Express Cafe located inside the Gazebo Building of the Los Patios property. 
Olla Express, owned by Andrea Ley, was previously housed in a hard-to-miss 1980s Volkswagon van which usually set up around downtown and at coffee festivals and events. Now Ley is coming in hot with a Olla Express Cafe located inside the Gazebo Building of the Los Patios property. 
Olla Express, owned by Andrea Ley, was previously housed in a hard-to-miss 1980s Volkswagon van which usually set up around downtown and at coffee festivals and events. Now Ley is coming in hot with a Olla Express Cafe located inside the Gazebo Building of the Los Patios property. 
Olla Express, owned by Andrea Ley, was previously housed in a hard-to-miss 1980s Volkswagon van which usually set up around downtown and at coffee festivals and events. Now Ley is coming in hot with a Olla Express Cafe located inside the Gazebo Building of the Los Patios property. 
What began as a mobile coffee shop is rolling into a new chapter just in time for the cozy months.
Olla Express, which was previously housed in a hard-to-miss 1980s Volkswagon van, is now a brick-and-mortar cafe on the Northeast Side.
Its owner, Andrea Ley, would set up the van around downtown and at coffee festivals and events. Now, Ley is coming in hot with a new cafe located inside the Gazebo Building of the Los Patios property, located at 2015 Northeast Loop 410.
The coffee shop is in a soft opening phase and will celebrate a grand opening on Friday, October 1. Ley told mySA the van will now be reserved for events. 
Ley shared photos with MySA showing brightly colored walls stretching up to high ceilings and cozy couches to cuddle in with a cup coffee and enjoy the views of the peaceful wooded enclave near Salado Creek. Other San Antonio favorites, such as Comfort Cafe, Gunslingers and Naco Mexican Eatery, are the coffee shop’s fellow Los Patios tenants. 
Before opening her business, Ley was working abroad and yearning for home, family traditions and the comforting feel of a café de olla from grandma. Inspired by her abuelas, she launched Olla Express in 2017 to bring specialty traditional coffee to San Antonio. 
Café de olla is a traditional Mexican way of making coffee in clay pots, or ollas. It’s usually flavored with cinnamon and piloncillo. 
Ley pays homage to the abuelas who shared their café de olla recipes with her by naming menu items after them. There’s Café de Olla Valentina, Café de Olla Socorro, Café de Olla Micaela and Café de Olla Guille. While Olla Express is steeped in tradition, the menu includes a cold brew take on café de olla and a horchata-flavored sip.  
Most of the coffee is made with Olla Express’ signature raw piloncillo syrup, which was a product finalist in H-E-B’s annual Quest for Texas Best this year. 
The grand opening will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kijimuna, a Japanese-style baked goods pop-up, will be selling a variety of treats to pair with the coffee. 
Olla Express Cafe is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. 
 
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Madalyn Mendoza is a proud Alamo City native. Keep up with her work and puro San Antonio happenings on Twitter, @MaddySkye.

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