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Juan Valdez Café – Now Open in Mexico

They've arrived! Juan Valdez Café, in Santa Fe. (Photo: Darren Popik)

They’ve arrived! Juan Valdez Café, now open in Santa Fe. (Photo: Darren Popik)

Yet another famous café has arrived on the coffee house scene in Mexico City.

This time, it’s Colombia’s own Juan Valdez Café.

The company’s first Mexican café is now open at the Pasaje Santa Fe, in … you guessed it, Santa Fe. (Click here for our earlier story on the city’s coffee house scene.)

Juan Valdez opened its doors at the end of May, and if their Santa Fe location isn’t convenient for you, the good news is that the company is opening two more stores within the next three months — one in Polanco, and the other on Reforma.

If you’ve been to Colombia in the past decade, you’ll no doubt know this coffee house, named after the country’s famous coffee pitchman. The company (only in operation since 2002) now has over 221 locations (as of June). Most are in Colombia, but the company has been expanding internationally, and can also now be found in Aruba, Chile, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Spain, the U.S. (New York City, Miami) and now Mexico.

In this, their first Mexico City location, they’ve applied the same look and feel of their Bogotá cafés. Even the food selection is remarkably similar to the offerings at their Colombian locations (with a few exceptions). They even stock their very delicious coffee-flavored candies, as well as other Juan Valdez merchandise, like coffee mugs.

Juan Valdez Café's first Mexican location. (Photo: Darren Popik)

Juan Valdez Café’s first Mexican location. (Photo: Darren Popik)

One difference I noted is that their coffee sizes are larger here, in contrast to the small coffee portions served at their Colombia locations. (If you’re not familiar with Colombia, small coffee sizes are pretty typical no matter where you go in the South American coffee-producing nation.)

Here in Mexico City, Juan Valdez serves up North American-sized coffees. As for price, my medium café tinto (standard black coffee in Colombia) cost 21 pesos. (Note that the medium size is roughly equivalent in size to a small at most other cafés in the DF.)

Great coffee from the highlands of Colombia. (Photo: Darren Popik)

Great coffee from the highlands of Colombia. (Photo: Darren Popik)

As for the food, I sampled a Colombian staple with my coffee — an arepa. For a simple food, it was tasty. I could have eaten a half-dozen of these things.

Most of the food at Juan Valdez Cafés would more appropriately be dubbed “snacks”, as they are smaller in size. But when you just want a little something to accompany your cafe, it’s perfectly fine.

Most snack items — which includes empanadas, palitos de queso, palitos de guayaba, and cinnamon rolls — are priced at 39 pesos each, though there are a few items at 30 pesos. Cheesecake (which looks delicious) and two other types of cake go for 50 pesos.

But food aside, when you want a quality coffee, you can’t beat Juan Valdez.

And if I can’t actually be in Bogotá, then at least a visit to this new Juan Valdez Café helps to make me feel like I am back in the Andes, enjoying some of South America’s finest coffee.

SEPTEMBER UPDATE:

The second Juan Valdez Café in Mexico City is now open. It’s in Polanco, at Oscar Wilde #9, between Masaryk and Parque Lincoln.

Juan Valdez' second Mexico City location, in Polanco. (Photo: Darren Popik)

Juan Valdez’ second Mexico City location, in Polanco. (Photo: Darren Popik)

And another shot from the Polanco location.

Coffee, accompanied by a delicious arepa. (Photo: Darren Popik)

Coffee, accompanied by a delicious arepa. (Photo: Darren Popik)

Twitter: @darrenchannel

Juan Valdez Café is located at the Pasaje Santa Fe, Guillermo González Camarena No. 999, local 31A (corner of Juan Segale), and at Oscar Wilde #9 in Polanco.

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