I’ve been home almost a week, and everyday life has consumed me, and Mérida is a distant memory.
From the kitchen is the aroma of something that brings me back: coffee, specifically, beans from Café Cafico. This trip we treated ourselves to a souvenir other than a head of shocking blond hair. On Calle 58 #492 X 47 y 49 there is a small shop where Federico and Sonia sell organic coffee from Chiapas and Veracruz.
We’ve been passing by that shop for a year now, but their hours are something like 8 a.m. until early afternoon, and we kept missing them. The hours aren’t posted, but a merchant next door guesstimated their hours of operation. Something about the place intrigued us, even before other bloggers had recommended it online. This time we timed it right.We bought cups of cappuccino to enjoy right away, and a large bag of whole beans, Cuban roast, to take back to Connecticut. We’ve been grinding it all week long (I’m sipping some now) and now we’re nearly out. What a treat.
It’s OK to pack coffee beans in your luggage, right?
I didn’t get a picture of Café Cafico when they were open, but I couldn’t resist snapping this. It would have been so much easier to go to the Starbucks on the Paseo de Montejo. It’s open day and night, and as it’s inside a renovated mansion house, it is probably the prettiest Starbucks this side of Rodeo Drive. Air-conditioned rooms, and a big fancy patio out front. The valet parking stand out front is the icing on the cake. Decent coffee, but not really great croissants. Another memorable coffee place in Mérida, for completely different reasons.
If you want great croissants, and a total expat vibe, it’s Café La Boheme, which is also on the Paseo, and about equidistant to Cafico and Starbucks. Excellent, excellent baked goods, and a lovely lunch dishes like panini and pasta. I’ve gotten to know the proprietors, Alex and Chris, over time, as well as Victor, the manager. It’s a cozy, friendly place with really good cappuccinos. And art! Someone there has a good eye. We bought a beautiful little woodcut from La Boheme on the last trip. On this trip, there were more pieces that tempted us. But our luggage was already full. Maybe next time.