By Jade Arroyo
“Coffee should be strong as death, black as night, hot as hell, and sweet as love.”
For those who are fond of the delicious brew, we present some of the best options in the city for tasting and perpetuating our dependence on this socially acceptable stimulant. All these coffee shops give you the option of having your cup of coffee on site or to take out, plus you can also buy your coffee by weight and enjoy it at home.
La Ventana, Sollano 11, 154 7728
This is one of the favorites of the local community of artists and bohemians. Organically grown in Chiapas, the coffee is roasted and prepared in the old style. Also muffins, donuts, cookies, and sandwiches abound, plus other beverages such as teas, chocolate, and cold preparations. What makes this place unique is precisely what gives it its name: the window. You can just lean in from the street and ask for your coffee to go.
The Zaguán Bed and Art, Zacateros 12
The Zaguán is a sophisticated, quiet space where, you’ll find three areas housing a boutique hotel, a gallery, and a restaurant.
The café, open for breakfast and lunch, offers classics like pancakes, French toast, poached eggs, and chilaquiles, prepared to order. This place is proud of its coffee. They say it runs in the veins of the family. Since 1950 the coffee has been part of their daily life, as Humberto Pascacio’s father developed his professional activity in a Chiapas and Veracruz coffee export company. He is still in charge of preparing the unique house blend.
Zenteno Café, Hernandez Macias 1, corner of Codo
This cafe is located on a lovely little corner. It offers coffee beans and ground coffee from Veracruz by weight. The coffee has a softer, perfumed taste. You can also get barista gadgets, such as a French gourmet mill or a Japanese siphon.
Café Blue Bear, Zacateros 17
This café is really nice, although at first glance, it may be overlooked because it is in the interior. There is a Scandinavian hint in its decor with white walls and faded blue. The coffee is delicious, prepared with respect to their different style. The food is healthy and tasty; try the salmon sandwich. Another favorite is the eggs in the pan, accompanied by Italian sausage.