Café Avellaneda Juanito

Coffee Mexico City

Cafe Avellaneda serves some of Mexico's most ambitious coffee cocktails.

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s famed Blue House was teeming with tourists on a Sunday afternoon in Coyoacán. On a side street just a few blocks away from Museo Frida Kahlo – the famed couple’s former home – Café Avellaneda is a far more low-key destination with a surprisingly ambitious coffee program.

Juan Carlos de la Torre opened his tiny, six-seat, rust-colored coffee bar under a blue awning in 2010. The charming hole-in-the-wall houses a two-group La Marzocco espresso machine for standard drinks and crafts several coffee cocktails.

I was impressed with Juanito (45 pesos ~ $2.50), an equal mix of espresso and a sweet tart mix of tamarind, lemon, and sugar. The drink also incorporated euebro (juniper) and slightly bitter, carbonated tonic water, served in an Old Fashioned glass with a lemon twist over ice. Stir to fully integrate the muddy but flavorful liquid at the base of the glass.


Joshua Lurie

Joshua Lurie founded FoodGPS in 2005. Read about him here.

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