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Mexico City’s ever-expanding coffee house scene has lost its California flavor.
Los Angeles-based The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has decided to abandon the Mexico market, and has closed their Mexican cafés.
The company arrived on the scene in 2008, and had 10 cafés in the DF.
Alsea — the Mexican conglomerate that seems to own the rights to every brand in the food and beverage sector in this country — has purchased the locations from The Coffee Bean, and will convert them to yet more Starbucks (the biggest brand they own the rights to in Mexico).
(While we’re on the topic, we cannot give enough ‘thumbs down’ to Alsea for taking Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits out of Mexico City a few years ago. Bad, Alsea — really bad!)
The Coffee Bean may not have been the biggest player in the local coffee scene, with just 10 cafes, but it did have some prime real estate, like its locations in Polanco on Masaryk, on Insurgentes outside Galerías Insurgentes, and at the very busy Glorieta de la Palma on Reforma.
Coffee Bean, you will be missed. And now, Chilangos will instead have 5,397 Starbucks to choose from, instead of just 5,387.
But, as we lament the loss of the Coffee Bean, we can take solace in the expansion of one of our favorites from Colombia.
Juan Valdez Café, which arrived in Mexico just a year ago, recently opened its second location on Reforma, at the corner of Dublin, across from the St. Regis Hotel.
Juan Valdez now has five cafés in the city, with many more on the way. When they opened their first stores last year, the company said it hoped to have 100 cafés in Mexico within its first six years here. Five down, 95 to go!