San Miguel ’s provides respite from winter weather

Courtney Stachel, Staff Writer
February 20, 2015

San Miguel

Anthony Meade, San Miguel Coffee Co. head barista, shows off some sweet treats to a customer.

Striving to encourage business opportunities on the city’s Square to strengthen the economy in Franklin County, San Miquel Coffee Co. is keeping people warm through the wintery weather.

Owned by Zach and Lucia Rowe, San Miguel offers a great selection of flavored syrup, such as caramel, vanilla, French vanilla, Irish cream, butterscotch and many more, to give their coffee products their own unique twist.

The café menu offers a variety of sandwiches, such as Panini’s and wraps, salads, soups and pastries, according to owner Lucia Rowe.

San Miguel is open at its 18 S. Jefferson St., Winchester, location Monday to Thursday from 7:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday from 7:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

A wedding present from Lucia’s father, the coffee shop, has become the Rowe’s home as well.

“If I am going live in a small place, I want the adorable downtown,” she said. “The Square is absolutely gorgeous and has such an antique look, it’s a dream.”

Along with its great location, the product is what sells for San Miguel Coffee Co.

Zach said he and his wife have ventured all over the United States to choose the best tasting products that would warm the hearts and mouths of all their Franklin County customers.

“If I’m going to go somewhere and pay the money, I would want the best product,” Lucia said of having the best products available in their shop.

San Miguel Coffee Co. takes an approach to be competitive with its pricing.

“When we made up our menu, we knew that the name brand competition was very expensive,” Lucia said of their “little guy” mentality. “We made sure we stayed below others’ prices.”

Even with low prices, the Rowes maintain a high quality coffee that they say is second to none.

“In some coffee shops it varies on how many shots of espresso or how they (other coffee shops) prepare it,” Lucia said.

Zach explained San Miguel’s approach with their products.

“Instead of putting one shot of espresso and making you pay for another, we put two shots of espresso (which is two ounces of coffee) and mix milk for a latte or cappuccino,” he said.

Zach noted a lot of times people might ask for a cappuccino under the assumption that it’s a gas station style cup-of-joe, when in all actuality San Miguel Coffee Co. holds nothing back for their customers.

“A real cup of cappuccino means you put two shots of espresso and you stretch the milk into a foam where most of what you’re drinking is that real strong espresso,” Zach said.

It’s this type of friendly, down-home service that looks to make the kind of impact on the city of Winchester that will be felt for a long time to come.