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Everybody knowing me, or have been following me, know I am always on the search for the perfect coffee on my travels. I am astound by the coffee served in Mexico – and not in a good way.
Some of the best beans in the world are cultivated in Mexico. Far from being the biggest the coffee growers focusing on quality.
Then producers and coffee roasters get involved and something goes terribly wrong in the process of refining the bean to a beverage.

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The Cup & Cake Café
Paseo San Isidro 172
(Plaza El Arenal)
Colonia Barrio del Espirito Santo
Metepec, Edo de Mex
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The Cup and Cake Café

Through my travels up and down this beautiful country I have visit some nice cafés like Tierras del Café and cafés with a nice mission like La Procedencia. But there is nice cafés and there is nice coffee. The Cup & Cake Café is one of the latter.
Walking around central Metepec this café came as a surprised. After a shopping spree in the artisan quarters Miss Z and I was looking for a place to sit down and maybe have something to drink. Turning the corner and there is was – like an epiphany. Just off the merchant street, but I had never seen it before.

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La Procedencia
Tonalá #109
(Esquina Guanajuato)
Colonia Roma
Mexico City
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La Procedencia in Mexico City is a… I don’t know what to call it, I could call it a way of life, but it sounds too portentous. For the sake of this post I will call it a cafe. Although it is so much more.

procedencia

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Maybe you are satisfied to drop by for a good cup of coffee, serving selected organic beans roasted with care from renowned regions as Oaxaca and Chiapas your taste buds will water when stepping through the door. But once you are in the odds are you will stay for while.

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I will soon take you to adventure in Tabasco, but first there is one more café I want to present.

Fikafé
Calle 7 Sur 4503
Puebla, Puebla
Web: Fikafé
facebook: Fikafemx

A little unfair I came here with great expectations.
A café with the Swedish-sounding name Fikafé (Fika – have a coffee, kafé – café), should be serving a good coffee. And Fe, being Spanish for faith, I did have some belief.

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Lusso Café
1ero de mayo No. 614
Colonia Santa Clara
Toluca, Est. de México
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Those who know me and you readers following me knows I am a coffee lover, some might even say addict. I believe it comes with my Nordic genes.
Although I prefer a little darker coffee than what is usually served on this side of the Atlantic I do appreciate a nice café. Having a coffee is not only drinking a beverage, it is an experience.

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El Quintal

Calle José Vicente Villada
Col. Centro, Metepec
Estado de México
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Every now and then I discover a new café and my hope for finding the perfect Café Latte light up again. Now this particular café is not so much a discovery, recently open with a view over Centro Plaza El Quintal is located in the middle of Metepec.
I was pleasantly surprised by the easy going atmosphere, friendly staff and the inviting feeling.
Come in, stay for a minute, stay for the day. Please, sit down, have a coffee, have two.

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In the corner of Silviano Enriquez and José Ma. Arteaga in Toluca we found this little hidden gem.
A mamas and papas store with their own coffee roaster.

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“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.”

Just to sum up the cafés and coffees in my 2 weeks in Mexico, the best, the worst and the plain strange.

Best coffee you find at Café con Leche in Toluca centro.

Café con Leche

5 de Febrero #111
Toluca de Lerdo Centro

Cafe_con_Leche

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Close to the Cathedral, city hall and los Portales, within walking distance from Cosmovitral it is easy to drop by for a cup. Great location and the café is not bad, but it would do well from a make over.
Serving coffee in traditional Veracruz way, very strong coffee with a plenty of warm milk with the high pour it is not only served with class, it also taste terrific. I just wish the staff would smile occasionally to make me feel more welcomed.

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“A cup of coffee is a wondrous way to associate”

This is the second outstanding café we found just by coincidence. Now positioned on my top 2 in Mexican coffee places.

Located in Metepec in the Toluca metropolitan area, personally I don’t know where Toluca ends and Metepec begins, Tierras del Café seems to be living a somewhat secluded existence. But it is well worth a visit.

Tierras del Café
Paseo San Isidro # 361
Barrio de Sta Cruz
Metepec
www.tierrasdelcafe.com.mx

If The Coffee Bar is a place for fantasy and exploring your mind this is the place for meeting your friends and exploring your taste. In a brown scale with a big wall painting of coffee producing countries the whole interior building up an anticipation of a good coffee experience.

If the sitcom Friends were shot in Mexico this would have been Central Perk.
With couches and tables spread out in the location and a large cosy terrace in the front and a smaller one in the back Tierras de Café invites you to stay and enjoy some time with your friends and loved ones.
In a corner they even have a bookshelf with books and magazines if you come alone and want to relax and enjoy your coffee.

Mexican coffee
Mexico is one of the worlds largest producer of ecological coffee
Most plantation go for quality before quantity and they don’t spend to much on advertising. Best known is the Veracruz district but if you ever come across the Oaxaca bean have a taste you, will not regret it.

But this first-class café is more than just coffee, it’s a café with a mission.
Actively trying to promote the Mexican coffee culture they offer coffee tastings and educating the staff in the coffee they serve. This alone is worth a visit since Mexico are much influenced by the US a little lighter coffee.
Being an all-Mexican café of course they serve Mexican coffee. Their selected house coffee is Oaxaca coffee, sometimes referred to as Oaxaca Pluma from the coffee district on the southerns slope of the mountains Pluma Hidalgo.

Tierras del Café not only serve coffee, here you can find and buy coffee from all over the world. Whole beans or ask to have them grained, the staff are happy to tell you about the origin, blend and quality. From Peru via Egypt to Indonesia they can take you on a trip through the countries of coffee.
The also sell cups, stovetop espresso maker and everything you may need to make a good coffee at home.

So what about the service and coffee?
To start with you order and get your coffee at the counter, a little unusual in Mexico where most people expect to be served. I prefer it though, that means no one come and take my plate or cup and discreetly try to show me the door as soon as I swallowed my last mouth. Once again, stay and enjoy time with your friends.
There is nothing to complain about with taste. As earlier mention the Oaxaca bean is splendid and make a nice espresso.
The Café Latte comes with a little foam, less than most other places, still – There should be no foam in a Latte.
The Espresso Cortado was almost perfect, just a thin surface of foam.
I would say the staff is well-trained.

This is a very nice café I highly recommend. The big risk for it’s existence is that Tolucans are very (read extremely) traditional and not that willing to try out a new place.

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Coffee is more than just taste – it’s an experience

The capital of Estade de Mexico, Toluca, is mostly known for being an industrial city.
Toluca is much more than so, there is the botanic garden, Cosmovitral, with it’s famous stained glass windows, maybe The Portales and not to forget chorizo verde, the green chorizo. But not enough to draw any herds of tourists.

Still there is more to see and do if you give it a chance. Whether you are here in business or as tourist and of course if you live here and you need to reload with a cup of coffee this is were to go;

coffeebar

The Coffee Bar
Ignacio Allende #200
Col. Altamirano
“Plaza Frezno”

• Coffee and tea hot and cold
• Also in Mexico City

The Coffee Bar. We found it by chance one evening looking for a coffee and a sandwich. I instantly treasured the interior. This is a place for creativity, to let your imagination and thoughts run amok. Colors and small detail everywhere. The longer you stay the more you see.
At first glance it can be overwhelming and look messy. But stay around and you will notice everything is placed with much thought and it all goes together.

From the chandeliers to the pink bathroom there has been much consideration with the interior. Nothing is done by accident.
You could even think the house across the street is part of the interior. A residential house in an area that seems to mostly have storage buildings and small businesses. Who lives there? Why? Does anyone live there?

The walls are covered with pictures and boards to lure your brain start working and soon your fantasy will fill the empty frames and mirrors spread out in the establishment.

Not to forget, this is first and foremost a café and we should do what we came for, have a coffee and something to eat.
The atmosphere is good, in many cafés and bars around Mexico the music is to loud, at The Coffee Bar people at the same table can speak to each other with normal conversation tone.
The staff is friendly and helpful, smile and laughter all around. If they have the ingredients they have no problem going outside the menu.
First time we were here, a Saturday at 10 pm, one could think there would be mostly guests in the mid 30’s and up. Much to my surprise it is a good mix with the majority just over the 20’s.
For testing the coffee I had an espresso to taste the bean without complains. An order of Café Latte gave me something more resembling a Cappuccino, very common all around Mexico – There should not be foam in a Latte – but it tasted good and the milk had the right temperature.
Espresso Cortado wasn’t on the menu, when trying to explain a language problem gave me a double espresso with milk on the side, beside from that misshapen the amount of milk was in right proportion and with very little foam.
For eating they offer bagels and sandwiches. My first time there I had a bagel, very good. Most likely store bought, but they treat it good. The big surprise was the sandwich, served with potato chips, even here they chose a bread with more color.

For my testing the young man working daytime did not know what a Club Sandwich is, it’s not on the menu, I finally ordered a tuna. But my girlfriend got a Club Sandwich at our first visit so it’s more of a personal issue than a café problem.

This is on my top 2 list of cafés in Mexico, first or second place depends on mood and need.

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