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Posted Thu Jun 26, 2008, 8:29am
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I am off on holiday to Mexico city in a few weeks. Where is the best place for a great cup of coffee?
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Posted Fri Jun 27, 2008, 5:40am
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I'm afraid this won't be too helpful, but we found several very good coffee shops in the Polanco/ Chapultepec area. I can't recall the names, tough...they really knew coffee, and had many good Mexican coffees on hand. They do Americano style, not drip...very good coffee.

Stroll around that area and you'll find one within a few minutes, I'd wager.
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Posted Fri Jun 27, 2008, 5:00pm
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First of all, GOOD LUCK finding anything drinkable!!! I spend part of last summer in Mexico (mostly in Mexico City) and was so coffee-deprived that I almost worshiped the first airport Starbucks that I encountered on my way home.... Almost all they drink down there is Nescafe. But, there were a couple of places that had decent espresso. One was this funky coffee shop/bar with ambience and live music, in Chimalhuacan in the suburbs.
Also, there were a lot of coffee places in Coyoacan, which has a college town kind of vibe. I tried a cappucino at one of them, and it was pretty good.
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Posted Fri Jun 27, 2008, 11:31pm
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peregrina Said:

First of all, GOOD LUCK finding anything drinkable!!! I spend part of last summer in Mexico (mostly in Mexico City) and was so coffee-deprived that I almost worshiped the first airport Starbucks that I encountered on my way home.... Almost all they drink down there is Nescafe.

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Been a few years since I was in Mexico City, so I can't be of much help. But this is an overstatement about coffee quality in Mexico. No, you may not find much third wave espresso. However, fresh drip coffee and espresso are widely available. (Incidentally, Starbucks opened up shops in Mexico in 2002. And WiFi is free, at least in the Yucatan. :-)

Here's a pic of an interesting 4-group lever machine in Cafe La Habana, Merida, Yucatan from a couple of months ago. They also roast coffee on the premises.

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Posted Sat Jun 28, 2008, 9:01am
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LOL, well, maybe it's because I was staying with a not-very-well-off family out in a pretty bad part of town, same way it would be in similar parts of this country. I just know that after my first experience with being offered coffee in somebody's home, I politely declined just about every time after that!
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Posted Sat Jun 28, 2008, 12:55pm
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I have been in Mexico Ciudad, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Guatemala and Honduras, last Year.

In Mexico Ciudad I had good Coffee at Finca Santa VeraCruz, Café de Altura. Everything else was mas o menos more badly than used.

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Posted Sun Jan 5, 2014, 2:28pm
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I was just in Mexico City and it looks like things have changed since this thread was last updated.  There are several places in the Roma and Condesa neighborhoods that are doing either third-wave or at least have a decent espresso program.  By far the best place I found was Chiquitito (http://chiquititocafe.com/) in Condesa which was near my B&B.  It is as good as any third-wave place in New York.  They roast their own beans from Mexican farmers and do pour-over/chemex/aeropress and pull a great shot.
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