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Espresso Tourism in Antigua, Guatemala: Half Two

We discover extra of Antigua’s espresso tourism alternatives with a few of the area’s finest cafés.


Featured photograph courtesy of Café Sol

Within the earlier article on espresso tourism in Antigua, Guatemala, we examined alternatives to get out into the verdant hills of espresso farms. Nonetheless, away from the farm, the city heart of Antigua additionally gives ample alternative to deepen your information and understanding of espresso, its tradition, and the varied voices that take part within the espresso financial system.

The specialty café scene in city Antigua is flourishing. Being in Antigua is an expertise in itself owing to the colonial structure and vibrant trip tradition. And the specialty cafés add much more to the expertise right here for the overall traveler and the specialty espresso fanatic.

Maria pours a latte behind her white La Marzocco. She wears a large black hat. On the white wall behind her, the cafe name is spelled out in all caps.
María Andrée wished her store, Artista de Café, to be heat and welcoming. Picture courtesy of Artista de Café.

Conversations are the important thing conduit to increasing your espresso vacationer expertise in Antigua. And inside every of the cafés I share under, you’ll discover baristas and low store house owners able to share their contacts, expertise, and information throughout the specialty business in Guatemala. These individuals are deeply built-in into the specialty espresso group; it’s a tight group. If you wish to know what’s on supply, what’s new, or hear to every particular person’s perspective, they’re all able to gregariously offer you what you might be searching for. Don’t miss this chance to hear to those actors’ private histories within the commerce. Order your v60, and when they don’t seem to be busy prepping drinks, imbibe of their information.

Each specialty café in Antigua will serve you the highest quality espresso that’s presently circulating within the Guatemalan specialty espresso scene. The completely different cafés work with completely different farmers from throughout the nation, who use a wide range of processing strategies and a cornucopia of sorts. Every café has the identical objective: serving the optimum cup.

Artista de Café

María Andrée wished her café to be a female house. She wished it to be a snug and secure atmosphere for individuals to come back and benefit from the delights of specialty espresso, and he or she has succeeded. Artista de Café is thought by nearly anybody who passes by means of Antigua on the backpacker/digital nomad path. It would seem to be some other vibey café that you simply discover in gentrified areas. Nonetheless, it’s a severe {and professional} specialty espresso outfit. Additionally, if you wish to develop your coffee-tasting skills, see this latest article on the sensorial course taught on the modern cultural landmark.

The patio at Coffee has paved stones, string lights, umbrellas over cafe tables and palm trees. The edges of the patio are covered by the outcropping tile roof.
Coffea is a vital part of the espresso scene in Antigua. Picture courtesy of Coffea.


Chances are you’ll keep in mind this café by means of its connection to Félix Poron, as talked about in half one. “Frosty,” the proprietor, is among the most well-connected and deeply knowledgeable actors throughout the Guatemalan specialty-coffee commerce. And his take care of espresso displays in his take care of the many individuals he is aware of within the business. Arrange as a small bar inside a wider industrial house, this café has a low-key really feel. However don’t be misled by this humility; right here you’ll discover spectacular espresso and insightful baristas. This café is a nodal level in your journey to construct extra connections throughout Guatemala.

The barred window outside Alegria, on a white wall, with a sun and mountain logo painted next to it.
Proprietor Markos and bar supervisor Eduard run Alegría Café as a spot of connection for individuals from world wide. Picture courtesy of Alegría Café.

Alegría Café

I talked about this café when speaking about Felipe Contreras’ farm, which is one incentive to go to this blissful hangout spot. Past the beautiful espresso, Alegría is impressed by group and connections. The proprietor, Markos, and bar supervisor, Eduard, need this place to be an encounter level the place individuals from internationally, throughout Guatemala, and throughout the espresso group come collectively to share experiences and information. Whether or not you need to have interaction in group constructing at this café, or simply trying to learn a guide in optimistic ambiance whereas sipping the most recent roast, Alegría will welcome you with happiness.

Inside 12 ONZAS, the floor is zigzag blue tiles, with a matching blue bar, white circle pendant lights under an arch, wire chairs and white walls and espresso machine.
12 ONZAS, along with being Instagrammable, gives espresso from its personal farm in Chimaltenango. Picture courtesy of 12 Onzas.


Right here, you’ll discover solely espresso from the outlet’s personal award-winning farm in Chimaltenango. However the aesthetic of this store is its main advertising level for basic clients. Guatemalan house owners described it to me as “Instragammable.” Proprietor Atenea has designed this retailer to be visually stimulating to accompany the palate-pleasing expertise of specialty espresso. Additionally, the co-owner of this outlet (David) is a three-time nationwide champion barista in Guatemala. He trains all of the baristas who work for 12 ONZAS, so you’ll be able to all the time anticipate an expertly ready cup.

The busy inside of Fat Cat, with plaster walls, a long wooden bar with keg taps, and desserts and pour over coffees set up at the end of the bar. Large windows are open to the outside.
Fats Cat was opened by two brothers whose mom picked espresso cherries. Picture courtesy of Fats Cat.

Fats Cat Espresso Home

Gerson is a pioneer of specialty café tradition in Guatemala. He arrange the primary specialty outlet in Antigua in 2014. Since then, he has been selling care and information within the espresso group by means of Fats Cat alongside his brother Tito. Espresso tradition goes deep into the lives of those brothers; their mom was a espresso picker in Guatemala. Now, the 2 are delivering the products on the opposite finish of the espresso chain. This café is a must-visit to step again into the origins of specialty café tradition at “origin.”

Café Sol

This café is situated away from the bustling streets of probably the most central areas of Antigua. It’s a nice alternative to go to a tranquil space of a metropolis infused with historical past and nature. Consuming espresso on this café makes you are feeling like you might be already in a countryside villa having fun with the perfect of what Guatemalan nature has to supply.

A barista in a black cafe sol apron holds out a yellow mug with swan latte art.
Café Sol gives a calming ambiance in a bustling metropolis. Picture courtesy of Café Sol.

Visiting espresso tradition is feasible everywhere in the world. However to immerse your self in espresso tradition from the farm to the entrance counter with such ease and heat is one thing particular that Antigua gives. Your listing of locations to go to will undoubtedly develop extensively from any excursions you make to farms, and from any conversations you get pleasure from whereas in a café. The listing is countless and the accessibility to espresso tourism is more likely to overwhelm you with selections. Deciding the place to go subsequent in your espresso exploration is the principle problem in Antigua. You can not do all of it. However it’s all inviting you to move by for a dialog concerning the subsequent massive factor in espresso on this nation.


Jordan Buchanan (he/they) is finishing their Ph.D. in Latin American historical past at UC San Diego. Their analysis focuses on the expansion of specialty-café cultures in producer nations in Latin America. Jordan grew up in Scotland and presently lives between there and Mexico when not doing doctoral work in San Diego. After buying their first AeroPress, Jordan has been an avid specialty-coffee fanatic, which has added a brand new perspective to their lust for journey and exploration. 


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