Because we work in Specialty Coffee, coffee geeks and coffee lovers often ask us who has the best Speciality Coffee in Oaxaca? 🤓

This is a tough question to answer. Oaxaca can be an embarrassment of riches when it comes to great coffee. ☕👌

It is easier to answer a different question: Where do we like to go for Specialty Coffee when we aren’t in Café Brújula?🤗

We love great coffee shops and everything about them. They are places to be, and not be shooed along🧹. We need more third places and public spaces in our lives, where we can read📚, think, talk, work🔌, see our neighbors, meet new people🇲🇽, and generally hang out as long as we like.

We love coffee shop culture, too. Lots of interesting people come in, and interesting things happen, and this has been going on for at least 500 years. Coffee shops are creative and revolutionary places.

And the coffee itself?

The coffee has to be superb. It has to be freshly roasted and expertly prepared by people who treat you with respect😇. Why drink mediocre coffee😖 or put up with bad manners🥵? We would rather go without, or go home and make it ourselves!

OUR CRITERIA

The speciality coffee shops we like have some things in common. These are our main criteria. 👇

  • Do they acknowledge the farmers who actually grew the coffee? The coffee growers should be acknowledged by name, along with the specific growing region. Great coffees are not produced by accident, so the farmers should be recognized and compensated for their meticulous work and expertise. 👩‍🌾
  • Are the coffees grown in Oaxaca? Oaxaca has several very unique coffee growing regions, with extraordinary potential, which is why so many boutique specialty coffee importers come to Oaxaca. We live in a place with incredible biodiversity 🌳🐾🌳, with microclimates that are ideal for the production of speciality coffees, with heirloom varieties cultivated organically in native rainforests by small communal landholders🧑‍🌾🌱🐦🦎🦋🌼. There's nothing better.
  • Do they roast or work directly with local specialty coffee roasters? The coffee must be expertly roasted to optimize its origin attributes (and never to hide mediocrity or cover up flaws with strong roast flavors). The coffee should be roasted locally for maximum freshness. 🧏
  • Do they know how to prepare great coffee? Baristas should be friendly and have the right equipment and know-how to do the job right.🙆💫
  • Is it a good place to hang out? The coffee shop should have good vibes, good people, and unique character. 😉💯💕

OUR FAVORITES

  1. Filemón
Facebook, @elfilemon

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00 - 16:00 hrs
Saturday, Sunday: 9:00 - 17:00 hrs

Direction: José López Alavez 1409, Xochimilco, Oaxaca
Facebook: El filemon
Instagram: @elfilemon

2.    Marito & Moglie

Facebook, @margaritoandmoglie

Hours:
Monday to Saturday: 9:00 - 16:00 hrs
Sunday: Closed

Direction: Miguel Hidalgo 1204, Centro, Oaxaca
Facebook: Marito & Moglie
Instagram:@maritoandmoglie

3.    Boulenc

Facebook, @boulencpan

Hours:
Monday to Saturday: 08:00 a 23:00 hrs
Sunday: Close

Direction: Calle Porfirio Díaz 207, Centro, Oaxaca
Facebook: Boulenc
Instagram: @boulencpan

4.    Caracol Púrpura

Facebook, @cafecaracolpurpura

Hours:
Monday to Saturday: 09:00 - 19:00 hrs.
Sunday: Close

Direction: Matamoros 619A, Barrio del Peñasco, Oaxaca
Facebook: Café caracol púrpura
Instagram: @cafecaracolpurpura

5.    Onnno Lonchería

Facebook, @onnno loncheria

Hours:
Monday to Friday: 09:00 - 18:00 hrs.
Saturday: Close
Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00 hrs.

Direction: Mártires de Tacubaya 308-1, Centro, Oaxaca
Facebook: Onnno lonchería
Instagram: @onnno.oax

6.    Cafébre

Facebook, @cafebre.oax

Hours:
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8:00 - 20:00 hrs
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 8:00 - 21:00 hrs

Direction: Calle de Manuel Bravo 108, Centro, Oaxaca
Facebook: Cafébre
Instagram: @cafebreoax

7.    Typica

Facebook, @expendio.typica

Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 7:30 - 20:30 hrs
Wednesday, Sunday: Close

Direction: Parque Llano Norte, Centro, Oaxaca
Facebook: Typica . Expendio de café
Instagram: @expendio.typica

8.    Muss Café

Instagram, @muss_cafe

Hours:
Monday to Saturday: 08:00 - 18:00 hrs.
Sunday: 08:00 - 15:00 hrs.

Direction: Miguel Hidalgo 911, Centro, Oaxaca
Facebook: Muss Café
Instagram: @muss_cafe

9.    Café SL28

Facebook, @cafe.sl28

Hours:
Monday to Saturday: 08:00 - 21:00 hrs.
Sunday: Close

Direction: Calle Reforma 704, Centro, Oaxaca
Facebook: Café SL28
Instagram: @cafe.sl28

10.    Ori:genes EOC

Facebook, @origenescaferm

Hours:
Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 22:00 hrs.
Sunday: Close

Direction: De la Noche Triste 108, Jalatlaco, Oaxaca
Facebook: Ori:genes café
Instagram: @origenescaferm

11.    Mondo Café

Facebook, @mondocafemx

Hours:
Monday to Friday: 08:00 - 19:00 hrs.
Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00 hrs.
Sunday: Close

Direction: Calle Reforma # 904B, Centro, Oaxaca
Facebook: Mondo Café
Instagram: @mondocafemx

This is not an exhaustive list. There is a whole movement of specialty coffees in Oaxaca 🧭☕.  They are part of the reason why Oaxaca is recognized as an important gastronomic capital 🌎 💕. Oaxacans are culinary giants👩‍🍳👨‍🍳. There’s no doubt about it. Originals foods and drinks are ubiquitous.

So don’t limit  yourself to anyone’s list. Go out there and make your own. 🤸‍♀️

Do you have a favorite coffee shop in Oaxaca? Let us know in the comments. ☕😉

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