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Di Caffé

Like many cities around the globe, Mexico City has seen the pandemic wreak havoc on tourism and restaurants, two often intertwined industries. Many restaurants and hotels have already closed their doors, and many more employees have lost their jobs.

Yet in the midst of this storm, two young siblings, Pamela and Jaime, decided to open a world-class coffee shop. Forgoing the high-end and trendy neighborhoods of Condesa, Roma and Polanco, they opened Di Caffé in Tlalnepantla, one of the northern suburbs, in May 2020.

We spoke to these young entrepreneurs about their decision to open a business during the lockdown as well as their travels around the world, which inspired them to create an international coffee menu that ranges from the Vietnamese egg coffee to the Greek/Balkan freddo and more. Their food menu is equally wide-ranging, with classic Mexican breakfast dishes like ranchero eggs, chilaquiles and molletes and international options including waffles, crepes and Bali bowls. For dessert you can enjoy an affogato, petit gateau, mango mousse and, our favorite, pao de queijo.

While they source coffee beans from many parts of the world (Mexico included) and replicate some of their favorite drinks from their travels, the siblings haven’t forgotten about Mexico’s chocolate heritage. Using products from Chocolate Macondo, they recreate pre-Hispanic-style chocolate drinks such as tletlxochitl, atlaquetzalli and quetzalpapalotl as well as those that are more popular today, like pozol, chilate and tascalate.

In these very hard times, Di Caffé is a symbol of resistance, faith and love. Pamela and Jaime, part of a new generation of restaurant entrepreneurs, are keeping things moving, despite Covid-19, and are giving us hope for the future of Mexico City’s backstreets.

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