Miss Chickpea's Bake Shop was founded in 2017 out of a love of baking and interest in all things vegan! Chef Tatiana Martinez began selling vegan macarons made from aquafaba (chickpea can liquid, hence came the name "Miss Chickpea") at local San Antonio vegan pop up markets along side her husband Ricky Martinez, an all around handyman, creating the perfect duo to building a small little storefront. The pair found a tiny hole in the wall which they turned into their humble little storefront seating only 3 tiny tables in February 2018! As time passed they quickly grew into an operation fulfilling the needs of the Miss Chickpea's Bake Shop storefront as well as wholesaling to 23 coffee shops ranging all the way up to Round Rock, Texas!
After making the tiny space work for almost 2 years, the couple finally found a place to move into to have the cafe they always dreamed of! In November 2020 they opened Miss Chickpea's Cafetal, serving all the original pastries, hot kolaches, and specialty drinks from the Bake Shop alongside sandwiches on homemade breads, fresh soups and salads, and pupusas! Pupusas are from El Salvador (Ricky's homeland) and other Central American countries! The word Cafetal is a Salvadoran word to describe a small coffee plantation just like the one Ricky grew up on, before coming to America as a refugee of the civil war in his country. The original storefront now serves as their commisary bakery where the delectable treats are baked fresh nightly and delivered to where they need to go! The couple prides themselves on using the best ingredients, mostly organic, and keeping everything homemade from scratch and of course never forgetting the most important ingredient, LOVE!!