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Like other cities around the world, Mexico City has been flooded with big-name chain coffee shops that charge exorbitant prices for a cup of bad coffee. Fortunately, D.F. is a city of contrasts, where good taste in coffee still exists.

We set out to find the best coffee shops in town and were surprised by what we found. Our first stop was one coffee shop we have been visiting for several years now, Café Triana, inside Mercado San Juan, the city’s first gourmet stop par excellence. Marilu and Pablo Arana started selling coffee from Veracruz, a city on the Gulf of Mexico with a Caribbean feel, in the aisles of the market until they got the chance to get a booth and start their own coffee shop. Their establishment has since been featured in many national and international media outlets.

Café Triana in the Mercado San Juan Pugibet, photo by PJ Rountree

The house blend is an award-winning dark Italian roast made with coffee beans from Ocotepec, Veracruz. The menu features all kinds of coffee, from café americano (strong brewed coffee) to café turco (very strong Turkish-style coffee). Their Italian coffee, lattes and their own convento (a kind of mocha made with artisanal chocolate and the house coffee) are some of the best we’ve tried in the city.

Avellaneda in Coyoacán, photo by PJ Rountree

Coyoacán is a neighborhood known for its bohemian atmosphere and its coffeehouses – some of which have very questionable coffee. However, Café Avellaneda, a very small shop off the beaten path in this picturesque neighborhood, is exceptional. Carlos de la Torre features coffee from different regions of Mexico and serves them using different brewing methods, including drip, Aeropress and French press, among others. We agree with the many experts who say Avellaneda serves the best coffee in Coyoacán.

 
Café Passmar, photo by PJ Rountree
 

Café Passmar, in Colonia Del Valle, another venue inside a market, has been serving some of the best lattes and espressos in Mexico City for more than 15 years. The house blend is a mixture of different roasts, all made from coffee beans cultivated in Mexico.

 
Café Joselo, photo by PJ Rountree
 
The neighborhood of Polanco is a destination for upscale shopping and dining, but it’s also host to a great selection of coffee shops. Right in front of Parque Lincoln is Café Joselo, a small venue with outside seating and great espressos and lattes. Their selection of crêpes and sweets is also very good.
 
El Rincón Libanés, photo by PJ Rountree

El Rincón Libanés (“The Lebanese Corner”), in a quiet part of Cuauhtémoc, serves the best Turkish coffee in the city. True to its name, this unpretentious establishment also serves excellent Lebanese food and desserts. The owner, a Lebanese immigrant, is always ready to serve with a smile and warm words.

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