Finding a great cup
of coffee in Puerto Vallarta is not difficult!
Here's your source
for finding good espresso and such, but first a little Mexican
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.
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 Puerto Vallarta 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".
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 Puerto Vallarta
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 States
who call Puerto Vallarta home, it's not surprising, and visitors
will easily find their coffee fix. And yes, there are now Starbucks stores all over Puerto Vallarta, but since you can get that at home, why not try something a little more 'local'?
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
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. The restaurant La Palapa on Los
Muertos Beach is notable for this treat.
of your resort, you'll find a majority of the 'coffee houses'
in Viejo Vallarta, south of downtown and the Cuale River.
Check the map below to find your caffeine in Viejo. There's
also a Gloria Jean coffee shop directly across from the Buena
Ventura hotel at the north end of the downtown area, and a
Cafe Due towards the southern end of the 'hotel zone' in Plaza
Finally, if you absolutely MUST visit a "Starbucks" while you're here, you find one on the main square downtown, and another in Plaze Peninsula.
1: Roberta's Cafe
Dulce has a great selection of coffee drinks, cakes,
pastries, and genuine Blue Bell ice cream. Also incredibly
rich chocolate brownies.
2: Coffee Corner
has good expresso and coffee drinks, plus deli sandwiches
and a couple of internet stations.
The Big Kahuna has excellent espresso, capucino,
and coffee drinks, 16 varieties of Tazo tea, plus pastries
and bagels. Sells whole bean and freshly-ground coffee too.
Nice location for people watching with patio seating on
4: Page in the Sun
is not just about coffee and pastries, they are also a trading-book
store where you can drop off your finished books for credit
on used (but new to you) paperbacks.
Cafe San Angel has loads of indoor and shaded outdoor
seating, great coffee, and a good menu for light meals or
6: The Coffee Cup
is a popular hang-out for locals and visitors alike, with
all the usual goodies to wash down with good coffee drinks.