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!
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. 😉💯💕
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00 - 16:00 hrs
Saturday, Sunday: 9:00 - 17:00 hrs
2. Marito & Moglie
Monday to Saturday: 9:00 - 16:00 hrs
Monday to Saturday: 08:00 a 23:00 hrs
4. Caracol Púrpura
Monday to Saturday: 09:00 - 19:00 hrs.
5. Onnno Lonchería
Monday to Friday: 09:00 - 18:00 hrs.
Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00 hrs.
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8:00 - 20:00 hrs
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 8:00 - 21:00 hrs
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 7:30 - 20:30 hrs
Wednesday, Sunday: Close
8. Muss Café
Monday to Saturday: 08:00 - 18:00 hrs.
Sunday: 08:00 - 15:00 hrs.
9. Café SL28
Monday to Saturday: 08:00 - 21:00 hrs.
10. Ori:genes EOC
Monday to Saturday: 12:00 - 22:00 hrs.
11. Mondo Café
Monday to Friday: 08:00 - 19:00 hrs.
Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00 hrs.
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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