If you are lucky enough to visit Cozumel, that sunshine island off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, you’ll find, a cornucopia of souvenirs to tote home. But if you are a coffee devotee and/or want a remembrance more special than silver jewelry, onyx chess set and peacock colored hammocks don’t miss a stop at Café Optima de Chiapas (Calle 2 Norte between 5th and 10th Avenues)—a block from the main square.

This family-run shop roasts, packages and sells a special coffee cultivated in the mountain area of Mexican state of Chiapas.

Ermilo Juarez, owner Cafe Optima De Chiapas

Ermilo Juarez, owner Cafe Optima De Chiapas



Although you can’t tell a coffee from it’s package, you can glimpse the quality that goes into Café Artesanal by the coffee’s leather-looking cardboard containers made by orphans, widows, seniors and other’s who might find trouble finding jobs. The shop has a small coffee bar where you can taste the coffee and the artisanal brew is surprisingly served at Casa Denis, a casual, been-there-forever, authentic Yucatan restaurant indowntown Cozumel. I say surprisingly served, as the coffee is quite expensive and Casa Denis is not.Casa Denis


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