WORLD TRIP 2010
The third great coffee shop in as many Mexican cities.
Thanks to rain, more rain and mudslides, we were stuck in San Cristobal for a couple of days longer than expected. We didn’t mind too much – it’s a lovely town. The best thing to come out of the delay was Café Carajillo, which we discovered on pedestrianised street Real de Guadalupe.
The baristas take an interest in coffee. I was told that the beans come from Finca Hamburgo (http://www.fincahamburgo.com), a plantation in the southern Chiapas region, German-owned for four generations. In the early stages of WW2, Mexico declared war on the Axis powers and the then-owners were forced to flee. They bought back Fina Hamburgo a few years later and it has stayed in the family since. A little history for you there.
They don’t seem to have quite reached the same heights on the latte art front, but my latte was nevertheless one of the nicest coffees I’ve had in Mexico. Steep, at 25 Pesos, but excellent.
There are chunky wooden tables and a few seats on the pavement. A nice presentational touch is the empty espresso mugs on the tables (removed when you sit down). Another is the chunky slate on which they placed my coffee.
The few Polaroids on the wall belay the fact that Carajillo only opened this year. Service is friendly, it stays open late, there’s live music now and again, and it’s popular. So I’m sure the photo-wall will fill up in no time.
Fancy a hot chocolate? I highly recommend Kakao Natura on Pedro Moreno, just off Insurgentes near the craft and sweets market. They have a variety of flavours in small and large cups – I suggest trying a few (particularly chillies and cardamom).
Real de Guadalupe 24
San Cristóbal de Las Casas
We visited on 27 September 2010.