Forty Six Coffee House and Bakery now open inside New Braunfels' McKenna Children's Museum

Seth Holmbeck attended a barista academy to learn more about the art of coffee. (Courtesy Seth Holmbeck)
Seth Holmbeck attended a barista academy to learn more about the art of coffee. (Courtesy Seth Holmbeck)

Seth Holmbeck attended a barista academy to learn more about the art of coffee. (Courtesy Seth Holmbeck)

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The coffee shop has indoor seating and access to a covered patio. (Courtesy Seth Holmbeck)
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Lindsey Holmbeck is a skilled baker and makes a wide variety of pastries each day. (Courtesy Seth Holmbeck)
Forty Six Coffee House and Bakery opened for service in September inside the McKenna Children’s Museum at 801 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels, with a menu that includes coffee, homemade pastries and more.

In 2020, Seth Holmbeck, and his wife Lindsey, purchased property on Hwy. 46 where they planned to build a coffee shop to celebrate Seth’s love of coffee and Lindsey’s skills as a baker.

“We were in the middle of permitting, submitting our plans to the city ... and COVID[-19] hit,” Seth Holmbeck said. “It kind of totally derailed our plan of building because the process took so much longer.”

By the time the permitting process was complete, Holmbeck said that construction prices had increased significantly, stalling their plans to build the shop.

As the couple was reevaluating their plans, they were presented with an opportunity to operate the cafe space at the McKenna Center. The space gave them room to bake pastries, offer lunch items and cater locally.


In addition to indoor seating, the location boasts a large covered patio, and guests do not have to visit the museum to get a taste of the shop’s offerings.

“We want to be able to provide something that's just going to make somebody's day that much better,” Holmbeck said. “Everything is scratch-made when possible; everything is locally-sourced when possible. Everything is a small batch. So we're putting out the freshest product that we can.”

The cafe sources its coffee from a roaster in Austin, Holmbeck said. The beans are responsibly sourced, organic and fair-trade, and they are grown in Mexico on a woman-owned and -operated farm, he said.

Eventually, the Holmbecks hope to open their second location at the property on Hwy. 46 and Seth said he would like to expand to more locations in the future.

“Jokingly, I always tell my wife, I'm like, ‘I would love to be the Starbucks of Texas,’” Holmbeck said. “I don’t want to over saturate the community with coffee shops but we definitely want to look to get into some other markets as well.”

The coffee house is open daily for in-person dining and pick-up. 830-865-6068. https://forty-six-coffee-house-and-bakery.square.site
By Lauren Canterberry

Reporter, New Braunfels

Lauren joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in October 2019. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, Lauren was a freelance journalist and worked as a college English teacher in China. At CI, Lauren covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in New Braunfels.



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