Unlike Mexican souvenir standards like sombreros and shot glasses – which are generally relegated to storage as soon as they’re unpacked – these rich, flavorful roasts provide continued drinking pleasure, and they serve as a frequent reminder of a favored vacation spot.
They also, it must be said, make excellent gifts for friends, family and colleagues.
For a freshly brewed pick-me-up or souvenir bags of the best coffee in Cabo San Lucas, visit Cabo Coffees café across from Plaza Amelia Wilkes — Photo courtesy of The Cabo Coffee Co.
For the uninitiated, México has two great coffee-growing regions: Chiapas and Oaxaca. The Cabo Coffee Co. pulls from the latter, sourcing the organic, shade-grown green Arabica beans used in its medium and dark roasts from Finca La Reina de Pluma Hidalgo, a family-owned coffee plantation in the high-altitude cloud forest of the Sierra Madre mountains of Oaxaca.
The flavor and culture of Cabo San Lucas are also always present, thanks to the company’s local roasting operation – done daily and on demand to maximize freshness – and its regionally representative packaging.
Coffee bags feature a design from artist Chris MacClure that’s meant to evoke the singular beauty of the area through his trademark “Romantic Realism.”
Palm trees and tropical vegetation are rendered in breezy greens, while the evocatively shaped rock formations at Land’s End serve as boundary markers between light blue sky and deep blue sea, and between the Sea of Cortés and the Pacific Ocean.
The quality of The Cabo Coffee Co.’s product is so well respected locally that their coffees are currently served or sold at close to 100 restaurants and retail establishments, including many of the area’s best restaurants, as well as at prominent local food outlets and general stores like Walmart.
Neither fine dining reservations nor grocery trips are necessary requirements for souvenir shoppers, however. The Cabo Coffee Co. also operates a centrally located café in Cabo San Lucas.
The casually appointed café is a popular morning meeting place for local residents, who can often be found congregating on the indoor couches or engaged in animated conversations at the outdoor tables that look out across the town square, Plaza Amelia Wilkes.
In addition to serving as souvenir central for bags of medium, dark and decaf coffees – despite the "Death to Decaf" motto prominently displayed on signs and much of its apparel, the company does make an excellent decaf roast – the café serves up freshly brewed espresso-style coffee drinks and smoothies, as well as pastries, sandwiches and ice cream.
The latter, along with the air-conditioning, is particularly prized during the hot summer months.