How do you like your coffee? Don’t worry if you’re unsure because we know this isn’t an easy question to answer, given the deepness of the coffee universe.
Coffee is an everyday drink, so we sometimes forget its importance in our social life.
Have you ever stopped to think that the “let’s go for some coffee” phrase is a way of saying “let’s hang out”? How many conversations and moments have you experienced in front of a cup of coffee?
A lot, probably, because we’re speaking of a social drink that links and reunites people, the way it usually happens at Francisco, José Luis, and Alejandro Barajas’s house.
For these brothers, coffee has long been a vital family link and a passion that makes all of them crazy. After many years of trying coffee in different places in Mexico City, they ventured to start their own specialty coffee bar in the La Roma neighborhood.
Since then, Café Barajas has been a place for them and others to begin the day, chill, and mostly, learn how to drink and enjoy good coffee.
Francisco G. Barajas assures that one should not see this drink as a “simple black, bitter coffee cup because there are many ways to drink coffee.” When speaking of good coffee, no cup is exactly like another; no two people enjoy their coffee precisely the same way.
(As an aside, we feel the same about quality chocolate as coffee. If you want to get to know the wonders of Mexican chocolate, take our Friends and Chocolate Tour in Mexico City.)
Despite being a coffee-producing country, most Mexicans consume processed, low-quality coffees, which involve unjust exploitation of fields and a lousy comprehension of its essence as a drink.
This is why Café Barajas works with coffee beans cultivated in Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Nayarit, Hidalgo, and Puebla. Plus, when any of the three brothers travel, they usually return with new coffee beans to experiment with and make some variations on the menu.
For the Barajas brothers, it’s essential to look after each of the value chain phases in their coffee bar. This way, they can assure fair trade practices that allow them to prepare interesting, different, and unique coffee cups.
Another of this coffee bar’s strengths involves its coffee extraction methods. Whether you prefer Turkish coffee, Japanese siphon, French press, or Italian cappuccino, Café Barajas is a place for all tastes.
Order whatever you want: Sam Pimentel, the barista, will be pleased to prepare it for you.
Don’t miss the chance to taste the delicious coffee bean from Barajas or their famous Cold Brew, a soft, revitalizing, and high-caffeinated drink that takes 24 hours to be ready.
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Article by: María José Ordóñez Platas