Central and South America

Café Avellaneda, Coyoacán, Mexico City

6 October 2010

As our world trip draws to a close, we stumble across a terrific little coffee shop in Mexico City.

Cafe Avellaneda, Coyoacán, Mexico City

Coyoacán is our kind of area. There’s a café on every corner, with friendly old Mexicans spilling out on to the pavement, sipping their mid-morning pick-me-ups.

We popped in to a few (after 7 months we were winding down from adventure and drinking more coffee…) and our favourite by a mile was Café Avellaneda.

Cafe Avellaneda, Coyoacán, Mexico City Cafe Avellaneda, Coyoacán, Mexico City

It’s run by a father-son team. Carlos (the son) is far too talented for his tender age. This year, he placed a respectable 19th in his first ever Mexican Barista Championships, with encouraging comments from judge and former World Barista Champion Stephen Morrissey.

During our two visits he poured us a latte, a mocha and a cappuccino, all tasting great and beautifully presented.

Cafe Avellaneda, Coyoacán, Mexico City Cafe Avellaneda, Coyoacán, Mexico City

Carlos is really in to his coffee, even sporting a Gwilym-esque flat cap on occasion… now that’s dedication.

There’s not much space inside but there was plenty enough for us to linger for a couple of hours (I told you we were slowing down).

Cafe Avellaneda, Coyoacán, Mexico City

Like so many Mexican coffee shops, it’s a popular, convivial place. It’s one of our favourite cafes in the capital, along with Café Passmar, and serves some of the best coffee we’ve had in Mexico, a country which has provided rich pickings.

Cafe Avellaneda, Coyoacán, Mexico City Cafe Avellaneda, Coyoacán, Mexico City

Another unmissable coffee shop experience in Coyoacán is El Jarocho (Cuauhtémoc 134, Coyoacán, with a handful of other branches nearby). The coffee is awful (rushed, far too hot and very milky) and the service is brusque. But it’s a phenomenon.

If any entrepreneur wants to sample that mystical fairy dust that sprinkles the world’s most popular businesses, spend a few happy afternoons here. Queues stretch down the street all day long, with punters cuddled up on the dozens of pavement benches (there are no seats inside). It’s a brilliant, buzzing place to hang out, and with fresh churros available, who could ask for more?


It’s surely a contender for the world’s most popular coffee shop.

…and so ends our world trip.

La Jarocho, Coyoacán, Mexico City
One of the queues outside El Jarocho… the world’s most popular coffee shop?


La Concepción
04020 Mexico City
Twitter: @coffeelosoffee

We visited on 6 October 2010.

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  • Jonathan Aguilera 24 March 2014 at 12:45 am

    You should try “Cucurucho”, (Río Nazas 58), just a few blocks from British and American Embassy in México, in the beautiful neighborhood of colonia Cuauhtémoc. Artesanal coffe and Machiatto are delicious. You will love it!