Best Coffee in Baja, Mexico
Being one of the largest coffee producers in the world, Mexican coffee is globally loved for its medium body, mild flavor and slight acidy snap. With almost all of it being produced on organic farms in the Chipas area of southern mainland Mexico, I couldn’t wait to find out how the local roasters interpreted their own abundance of fresh, local green beans.
So six weeks deep into my training here in Los Barriles, I decided it was time to ditch the Mocha Pot and spend the weekend sniffing out the best locally sourced coffee that Baja California Sur has to offer. After mapping out our journey along the transpeninsular highway, we’d planned to hit up the best cafe’s we could find over our two night trip through El Triunfo, Todos Santos and Cabo San Lucas before finishing off with one last double shot in San Jose’ Del Cabo.
Cafe El Triunfo
“Finding this gem hidden down one of the towns narrow cobblestone streets, squeezed between two 18th century municipal buildings, is like taking a step back in time. It’s one of the most unique cafe’s I’ve ever stumbled on.”
Almost a world in its own, Cafe El Triunfo is one of those rare places that you could spend hours upon hours lost in it’s maze of corridors and rooms. Although their barista’s aren’t too up to date with the latest trend in coffee, making it hard to order anything beyond a cappuccino in a soup sized cup, their fresh pastries and amazing breads (especially their sourdough) combined with it’s relaxed, small town Mexico feel make it a must-do stop over.
Hours: Mon – Sun: 9AM – 5PM
Address: El Triunfo
“After turning Todos Santos up-side-down in search of a decent cup of coffee, we finally stumbled out to El Pescadero, home to one of the most legendary coffee roasters in all of Baja. With all the talk, I’d built-up some pretty high expectations. After the first sip of my Flat White, I was immediately convinced…”
Located on a small farm just outside of Todos Santos and a few minutes drive from a world famous surf break, Baja Beans offers homage to coffee connoisseur’s from around the globe looking for a place to laze around, surf the web and sip on a good cup of coffee. Their pride lies in their 1980 12KG roaster, roasting an almond, honey, tobacco and chocolate flavored house blend with locally sourced beans from mainland Mexico – something their passionate barista happily explains as he pulls a killer double espresso.
Hours: Mon – Sun: 8AM – 4PM
Address: Carretera Todos Santos – Cabo San Lucas KM , 63., El Pescadero., 23310 El Pescadero, B.C.S.
The Fix Cafe
“Stepping into the small, intimate coffee shop was like hitting the mute button to an EDC Rave track – an immediate relief from the busy streets of Cabo.”
Being the biggest and busiest town in all of Baja, it’s made it tough for smaller, local cafe’s to survive against competition from the likes of Starbucks – making this trendy, intimate coffee shop a must visit whilst strolling the streets of Cabo. The black and white zig-zag tiles on the wall and Frida Kahlo fabric chairs make for the perfect Mexican themed back-drop to your Instagram snap of this a high quality, locally roasted coffee.
Hours: Mon – Sun: 7AM – 7PM
Address: Ave. Lazaro Cardenas SN, Local 3-B, Col. Centro, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur
“For a few seconds I forgot that I was in a small town at the tip of Baja. I had almost been teleported to a trendy coffee shop in the heart of London serving every type of brew method possible.”
After popping up all over Pinterest, I was sure that I had to make a stop by Cafe Lab when passing through San Jose’. Another supporter of organically farmed Mexican beans, Cafe Lab also sources their roasting from the professionals over on mainland. Their selected roast for their espresso was much lighter and fruitier then I’d ever had which made me fall even more in-love with their daring approach to the Mexican standard. Although I never had the chance to try, each of their manual brew methods also used it’s own unique blend, making it an easy spot to spend a day tasting your way through each of their roasts.
Hours: Mon – Fri: 7AM – 7PM, Sat: 7AM – 4PM, Sun: Closed.
Address: Benito Juarez 1717, San Jose Del Cabo, BCS, Mexico.
Each of these cafes were so special and unique in their own ways and all worth a visit if you ever in Baja. Let me know if you get a chance to visit one (or all) of the coffee shops above; I’d love to know what you think!