Best Specialty Coffee in Mexico City For Your Morning Caffeine Fix

Coffee— a mantra so embraced in Mexico City, it could be the official morning greeting. Here, the hunt for specialty coffee takes on an entirely new meaning than just being another ritual; it’s a true urban adventure in every cup! Without a doubt, Mexico stands as one of the premier havens for coffee aficionados worldwide. […]

Coffee— a mantra so embraced in Mexico City, it could be the official morning greeting. Here, the hunt for specialty coffee takes on an entirely new meaning than just being another ritual; it’s a true urban adventure in every cup!

 A close-up shot of a cup of coffee with latte art
A close-up shot of a cup of coffee with latte art

Without a doubt, Mexico stands as one of the premier havens for coffee aficionados worldwide. Celebrated not only for its rich coffee-growing regions, it also boasts a burgeoning café culture that rivals the world’s best. Amidst this aromatic renaissance, a “coffee shop war” has quietly brewed, with spaces occupied by coffee shops in shopping centers across Mexico witnessing a remarkable 17% increase in 2023.

Nonetheless, this aromatic competition has sparked a golden age for specialty coffee in Mexico City, where innovation, tradition, and passion for the perfect brew coalesce. As baristas and café owners push the boundaries of what coffee can be, visitors and locals alike are invited to explore an ever-expanding landscape of flavors, techniques, and experiences.

And so this flourishing scene sets the stage for our deep dive into the heart of specialty coffee in Mexico City. Here, we’ll guide you through the alleyways and boulevards lined with establishments that are redefining the morning ritual for people all over the world.

Why Are Coffee Shops so Popular

The draw of specialty coffee, not just in Mexico City, but even around the globe, transcends our simple love of it. But why do we flock to these caffeinated havens like moths to a flame? Let’s spill the beans on this brewing phenomenon.

Because, Who Doesn’t Love Coffee? At the bottom line, it’s simple— we’re hooked on it. Coffee isn’t just another beverage; it’s a warm hug in a mug, a kickstarter for our brains, and to many— a non-negotiable morning ritual.

A Culture Brewed to Perfection. There’s no denying how coffee shops have morphed into cultural hotspots. The endless variety and freedom to customize your brew, coffee drinking has turned into an art form. Plus, these spots have transformed into culinary hubs that offer everything from avocado toast to matcha lattes, making them the perfect pit-stop for any urban adventurer.

The Barista Magic. Let’s face it, coffee made by a barista somehow tastes better than what we brew at home (Insert “we have coffee at home” meme here). Whether it’s their expertise or that fancy espresso machine, there’s an undeniable magic in watching a pro whip up your favorite concoction.

The Rise of Artisan Coffee. Ever felt a bit lost looking at a coffee shop menu? You’re not alone. The artisan coffee wave is bringing in all sorts of exotic brews, and frankly, we’re here for it. This trend reflects our desire to sip on something new, journeying through coffee cultures with every cup.

Health in a Cup. As the coffee scene evolves, so does our understanding of what makes a cup healthy. Moving beyond the sugary, creamy concoctions, many now see coffee as a wellness drink— especially when it’s in its purest form. 

A male barista at a coffee counter
A male barista at a coffee counter

Exploring the Best Specialty Coffee Shops in Mexico City

Each specialty coffee shop in Mexico City brings its own vibe, story, and unique take on your morning caffeine fix. Let’s meander through some of the city’s finest spots that are brewing up more than just coffee— but crafting true art experiences altogether:

First, there’s Cardinal Casa de Café, which has quickly become a sanctuary for third-wave coffee aficionados. With one foot in the rustic charm of Roma Norte and the other in the hip atmosphere of La Condesa, Cardinal seamlessly blends the entire coffee process into a cup that speaks volumes. From direct relationships with farmers to meticulous roasting and brewing, they offer a variety of preparations and a tasty menu to match. 

Just a few steps from Cardinal, Qūentin Café stands out as a specialty coffee shop not just in Mexico City but as a beacon for espresso lovers globally. Its commitment to bringing in and roasting beans from around the world makes it a must-visit on any coffee crawl. Balance your caffeine intake with a carajillo or a craft beer in their Condesa branch. And if you find yourself in Tulum, they’ve got another branch there, too!

Meanwhile, Café Avellaneda beckons art and coffee lovers alike to Coyoacan. Here, coffee is an expression of beauty and precision, served with care by their sister business, Cafe con Jiribilla. Pair your visit with a stroll through Jardín Centenario for an afternoon steeped in culture and caffeine.

For a refreshing twist, Memorias de un Barista challenges the traditional coffee menu with a selection of inventive iced coffee drinks. On a hot day, their mix of fresh pineapple juice and double espresso over ice is a truly unexpected but delightful escape. It’s a hidden gem where the coffee is cold, but the welcome is warm.

A basket full of freshly harvested coffee beans on a coffee farm
A basket full of coffee beans

Beyond Specialty Coffee: A Tour of Coffee Regions Outside Mexico City

While Mexico City brews up some serious specialty coffee within its cafes, the true story begins in the lush landscapes of Mexico’s coffee regions. 

Let’s take a scenic detour from the city’s bustling coffee shops to where it all starts: the farms.

First, let’s venture to Chiapas— a land of lush, tropical landscapes, where the coffee plants bask under the warm sun, rooted in the fertile volcanic soil. This region is considered the powerhouse of Mexican coffee, delivering beans that are as consistent in quality as they are rich in flavor. And the volcanoes here aren’t just majestic landmarks; they’re the generous benefactors of nutrient-packed soil that ensures the coffee from Chiapas is nothing short of spectacular.

Now, let’s whisk over to the gulf side, nestled against Mexico’s central mountain range. Veracruz presents a tale of two coffees— the lowland brews might not make headlines, but ascend into the mountainous realms, and you’ll find the celebrated altura coatepec. This coffee, grown at high altitudes, is renowned for its depth and complexity, a testament to the adage that sometimes, you need to climb higher to find the real treasure.

Heading south, the story unfolds further on the sun-kissed slopes of Oaxaca’s central mountains. Here, the Oaxaca pluma coffee is nurtured— a bean that carries the spirit of the region in every cup. Here, coffee is like a well-kept secret among aficionados and a brew that dances on the palate, inviting you to delve deeper into its origins.

And just east of Mexico City, Puebla also stands proud as one of Mexico’s coffee sanctuaries. Though not as widely known as its neighbors, Puebla’s contribution to the Mexican coffee scene is undeniable. The state’s varied terrain offers a unique proposition for coffee cultivation, promising a blend of flavors as diverse as the landscapes.

Where To Stay After Cafe Hopping in Mexico City

After getting your much-needed caffeine fix, finding the perfect place to lay your head becomes the next adventure. The city’s diverse neighborhoods offer a variety of stays, from chic apartments to tranquil villas, all ensuring you’re never too far from your next coffee fix.

If you’re drawn to the heart of coffee and culture, Roma Norte and La Condesa are unbeatable. These trendy areas are not only teeming with specialty coffee shops but also offer stylish accommodations that reflect the artistic and culinary spirit of the city. Start your day in a sunlit apartment, a fresh brew from the cafe next door in hand.

On the other hand, if you’re venturing beyond the city to explore coffee farms, consider staying in Oaxaca or Puebla. These regions provide a more authentic experience, where you can wake up surrounded by the landscapes that nurture Mexico’s finest coffee beans. Here, you’ll find villas that offer a peaceful retreat after a day of exploration, blending comfort with the unique charm of Mexico’s countryside.

No matter where you choose to stay, Mexico City and its surrounding coffee regions offer a blend of urban excitement and rural tranquility, perfect for every coffee lover looking to dive deeper into the country’s rich coffee culture.

A coffee shop with wooden chairs and tables
A coffee shop with wooden chairs and tables

Brew Your Perfect Mexico City Getaway with

From the first sip of a meticulously brewed espresso in Roma Norte to the final drop of a unique coffee blend in Oaxaca, Mexico City, and its surroundings, our guide truly offers a journey through the heart of Mexico’s coffee culture. Each neighborhood, each coffee shop, and every coffee farm tells a part of the story, and contributes to a rich tapestry of flavors, aromas, and experiences that define the specialty coffee scene on this side of the planet.

As you dream up your coffee-infused adventure in this city, remember that the perfect stay can elevate your experience from memorable to unforgettable. Of course, is here to ensure that your accommodations are as delightful as your coffee explorations. With our selection of boutique apartments and homes nestled in Mexico City’s most enchanting neighborhoods, you’re never far from your next great coffee discovery.

Ready to let the aroma of freshly brewed coffee guide you through Mexico City? Plan your stay with and make every moment of your coffee-infused adventure as delightful as the brews you’ll discover.

Author: Katie

Katie strikes the balance between luxury and adventure, with a taste for the finer things and a spirit for solo travel. For her, indulging in the plush and posh isn't just a whim—it's the main event. Her stories are all about sharing those "treat yourself" moments, wrapped in witty banter and a keen eye for that next lavish escape that’s as unique as a secret handshake.

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