in Cabo San Lucas
On vacation and wondering where
to get that perfect cup of gourmet coffee or tea?
Try the San Francisco Coffee Company. This charming
shop with friendly bilingual staff is situated on
the spectacular Cabo San Lucas Marina and offers
a comfortable outdoor patio where you can relax
with friends, listen to music and enjoy a full menu
of espresso drinks, smoothies and frappes... complemented,
of course, by a variety of yummy pastries and bagels!
You might even want to take a bag of rich Mexican
coffee beans home with you to remind you of your
leisurely mornings in Cabo San Lucas.
This cozy coffee shop, housed in
the charming adobe Hotel Marina Cabo Plaza, is decorated
in soothing earth tones. Authentic photos of old
San Francisco adorn the coffee color stained walls
and can be admired from the cushioned banquettes
inside the shop. Stylish, multicolored, poured concrete
countertops add to the contemporary feel of this
The owner of the San Francisco
Coffee Company, Zak Barbarosh, a former computer
engineer, is mindful of the needs of modern day
vacationers. You will appreciate the availability
of wireless internet services, discount international
phone calls, and DVD rentals offered in a restful
environment where others in your party might be
playing a board game or just watching the world
go by. Shelves of English language books are available
for purchase to enhance your afternoon at the beach
or around the pool.
If a fishing trip is on your vacation
agenda, you may well be sampling one of the delicious
box lunches prepared by this enterprising crew.
Eight fishing fleets recognize these quality meals
and provide them on board! These great lunches are
also available on a walk-in basis to take for a
picnic on the beach. Feel free to ask about other
vacation activities as well. The owner and his staff
are knowledgeable about all that Cabo San Lucas
has to offer.
So, wonder no more. Start your
mornings with a satisfying cup of coffee or tea
on the inviting patio of the San Francisco Coffee
Company. Mingle with the Cabo regulars who stop
here daily. Or stop by later in the day to relax
with a thirst quenching smoothie over a friendly
board game. Whatever the time of day, you won't
be disappointed with this taste of San Francisco
in our own enchanting Cabo San Lucas.
here to see the menu!
Coffee arrived in Mexico at the start
of the nineteenth century, although it wasn't exported
in significant quantities until the 1870s. The Mexicans
themselves consume over half the coffee produced in their
country, with the US being the largest foreign customer,
receiving over three-fourths of the exported coffee.
The coffee-producing regions
of Veracruz and Chiapas account for 70% of the Mexican coffee
crop, with another 10% coming from Puebla and the remainder
from other states, among them fertile Oaxaca. Nearly all
of the coffee growers in Mexico work on farms of 25 acres
or less, a far cry from the real and imagined coffee plantations
of long ago.
finest grade of Mexican coffee is "altura," which
means "high-grown." Where coffee is concerned,
higher always means better, and the high-grown coffees of
Mexico are considered very high-quality indeed and among
the finest grown in the Americas.
So with all this great coffee
grown right here in Mexico, it's often surprising to order
a coffee in a Los Cabos restaurant and find a cup of hot
water delivered to your table along with a jar of NesCafe
instant coffee. This is still the case in many smaller restaurants,
and granted it allows you to make your coffee as strong
or weak as you prefer, or to order a 'cafe con leche' and
receive a cup of hot milk with which to mix your NesCafe
for a sort of "poor-man's latte".
For all you Starbuck fanatics
who can't go a day without your latte, espresso, or capucino,
you'll be happy to learn that the espresso machine has found
it's way to Cabo and now a good cup of coffee is considerably
easier to find. The majority of hotel coffee shops will
have an espresso machine and a qualified operator, and quite
a few shops dedicated to custom-made coffee drinks and delicious
local pastries. Considering the number of ex-pats from Canada
and the United States who call Los Cabos home, it's not
surprising, and visitors will easily find their coffee fix.
Especially recommended is the San Francisco Coffee Company
(see sidebar story at right).
There's also a type of coffee
unique to Latin America you may find in a few resturants:
"cafe de olla", which translates to "coffee
from the pot". This much-loved Mexican beverage really
does simmer in the pot all day long, which enhances the
flavors of this syrupy-sweet coffee drink prepared with
cinnamon and cloves.
You may also be offered a
'Mexican Coffee' at some of the finer restaurants after
dinner, the preparation of which is demonstrated complete
with a showman's flair. Coffee, tequila, and and egg-white
merengue are combined in an impressive table-side display
of flaming alcohol poured from one glass to another.