Jun 10, 2003, 1:49 PM
Post #3 of 11
Si, Alex, get out more!
Re: [mstack] coffee
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I too am most familiar with the Nescafe Classico serving ceremony but in many of the gringo havens (heavens?) brewed coffee is becoming as much of a social affectation as it is at Starbuck's or Bobby's Brew Ha-Ha up North. Rumor is that they're (S-bucks) even invading Mexico.
Here at Lakeside there are a number of places offering fresh-brewed of many types and styles, and some folks occasionally ask others to bring back certain blends from the States or Canada as well as the best of Mexico. At one place, a Mexican restaurant out on the highway to Guad, they even mass brew Cafe de Olla in the big stainless steel servers. Talk about sacrilege!
As for mstack, no problem with the coffee regardless of whether it's brewed or you mix your own at the table. The best cup I ever had was the one that a helpful young lad in Tepic brought me from a curbside stand after I had escaped the slowest and stinkiest passenger train in Mexico at the time. Three in the morning, tired, dirty, and lost (I was hoping that 14 hour ride from Mazatlan would land me closer to Guadalajara) but mercifully revived by hot Nescafe in styrofoam laced with waaay too much grainy Mexican sugar. Ambrosia.
And as we all know, some travel writers usually write about first visit experiences in a small area and then ascribe the local customs and mores to a national level. I understand that Veracruz State and areas in the Yucatan produce some excellent beans. Maybe I'm just too common, but I never notice much difference whether it comes fresh from a bean grinder and brew pot, or straight from the jar.
One of my traveling companions of the past loved ordering coffe her way. "Con crema" she'd order, and then break into a delighted smile. Some of my friends are easily amused.
This report comes from Western Mexico, the Costa Alegre, and the Sierra Gordas, the upper East Coast, and a few border towns. I don't how how it goes elsewhere. And as always, just my opinion.