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Coffee, espresso, etc. in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo Mexico:


 

Welcome to the
San Francisco
Coffee Company
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 inviting space.

 

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.

 

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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.

 

The 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.


 

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