10 Latinx-owned Cafecito stores to visit for your next dose of caffeine

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Let’s face it, your morning cafecito really sets the tone for the rest of your day. When it’s perfect you know it’s gonna be a great day, pero the rest of the day feels bad if your coffee isn’t quite right. And when you discover a new cafe that has great drinks and is consistent, the first thing you want to do is share it with your loved ones. Which brings us here, to sharing some of our favorite Latinx cafes across the country with you, our loved ones, because great coffee with a community support side always makes the best days.

1. Caf̩ Santo РMontebello, California

What started out as a pop-up café quickly became a cult favorite and now Café Santo has opened its brick and mortar doors in Southern California. Cafe Santo is best known for its Oaxacan mochas, which are made with authentic chocolate and traditionally made straight from Oaxaca, ethically sourced coffee from farmers in Oaxaca and Latin America, almonds ground and cinnamon – a combination that makes this drink as rich in flavor as it is in the tradition. The ultimate goal of Pilar Castañeda and Marlon Gonzales, the founders and owners of Café Santo, is one day to expand into Oaxaca and make the business work as a sort of exchange for Oaxacan baristas. Not a fan of cafecito? Cafe Santo also offers Jamaican coolers, matcha teas, and even Oaxacan chocolate shots for true cocoa lovers. Don’t forget to take a memela for the full experience!

2. La Monarca Bakery – multiple locations, greater Los Angeles area

Champurrado lattes, pan dulce, tortas and much more make La Monarca Bakery a destination for anyone who enjoys their coffee with a snack. This Los Angeles staple is so loved by the community that it has expanded to 12 locations in the greater Los Angeles area. Their mission is not only to make exceptional coffee and pan dulce, but also to “create opportunity in underserved communities and take care of our environment”. In fact, they are associated with Ecolife Conservation and donate 1% of all their profits to support programs that protect and preserve the monarch butterfly population! If you are not an LA resident, you can check out their website and support their cause by purchasing everything you need to bring La Monarca coffee into your home.

3. Caf̩ El Cielito РSouth Gate, California

The attention to detail and care taken in a cup of coffee from El Cielito Cafe is not something you will get just anywhere. This Latino-owned cafe sources beans from farms in Brazil, Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica and more, while ensuring family, women and indigenous farms are paid. fairly. Being so adamant about the ingredients and so heavily involved in the process makes for a delicious cup of coffee of course, but you feel good to know that the delicious latte or iced coffee is benefiting the community abroad. They are also involved in their local community and happy to talk about coffee every time you walk in, so what’s NOT to like?

4. 1928 Bistro – Jacksonville, Florida

You really have to know what you’re doing to make a great cup of Cuban cafecito and let me tell you… the folks at 1928 Cuban Bistro really know what’s going on. This Latina-owned business offers a wide variety of coffee options and, like a real bistro, also a large menu full of sopas, sanguiches, salads and desserts. A second-generation immigrant, Rebeca Gonzalez named her business “1928” in honor of her grandfather’s year of birth and dedicates her family business to her. Can I have handkerchiefs with my Cortadito and my Cubano? I feel like I have something in both eyes.

5. Caf̩ Social 216 РCleveland, OH

If you’re in Cleveland, Cafe Social is the cafe you need to check out ASAP. Lalo, the owner and founder, not only offers cups of coffee made with beans from all over Latin America, but also offers a safe place where the comunidad can feel at home. True to its name, Cafe Social 216 has always provided for socializing opportunities and encourages visitors to get to know their community through book clubs and networking events. Next time you’re in the area, stop in for a Bogota Boost, but if coffee isn’t your thing, you can try their Jamaican agua. Don’t forget to bring your puppy a treat too!

6. Café Devoción – Brooklyn, NY

Devoción roasters are proud to be the only coffee company in the world to bring you cafecito made with beans so fresh they left the farm 10 days ago. They cut out the middleman and work directly with the farmers, exporting their beans directly to you and preserving the freshness you won’t find anywhere else. In addition to their location in downtown Brooklyn, you can also find them in Williamsburg and the Flatiron District in New York City. Can’t make it to NY? Order from their website and have your coffee delivered to your doorstep. BRB, I’m placing my order right now.

7. Caf̩ Con Libros РBrooklyn, NY

This Afro-Latinx-owned cafe describes itself as “Brooklyn’s intersectional feminist independent bookstore and cafe.” That’s right, you can walk into this shop, grab some iced coffee, and browse their shelves to find your next favorite author. Latinx authors make up less than 10% of the US publishing industry, and Café Con Libros does a phenomenal job of bringing many of them together in one place and making literature accessible to the local community. Check out their instagram page to find out when they get new books, what you should read, and when the next community event is up. You can also browse their book selections through their website and support them remotely.

8. Caf̩ Campesino РHouston, Texas

Café Campesino is a real hidden gem. With a mantra like ‘El Pueblo, Unido’ they really focus on unifying our community and creating a space where everyone feels welcome. As a result, their menu is a fusion of the surrounding community and they offer cafes such as café de Olla, café con leche, horchata lattes, as well as treats like Salvadoran pisque, pan dulce, empanadas. picadillo and much more. They have indoor and outdoor seating, so turn it on on your next day of work from home and enjoy a coffee and snack while supporting a local small business. You’re welcome.

9. The Stockyard Coffeehouse – Chicago, IL

I know this is a cafecito article but have you checked their food items ??? Sandwiches, avocado toast, wraps, breakfast bagels… the list goes on and they all look delicious. For drinking, they offer regular and specialty coffee (cortadito please!), Hot and iced teas, and their signature Mexican mocha. Next time you’re in Chicago’s Southside, the Stockyard Coffeehouse is definitely a must visit.

10. Tinta Y Caf̩ РMiami Shores, Florida

This Cuban-owned cafecito shop has everything you love about Cuban cuisine, and more. I have a soft spot for Cuban or medianoche sandwiches, but if that’s not your thing, they also offer many alternatives ranging from sweet to savory (I counted 20 sandwich options on their site, there are some surely for you). They have just as many options for their cafecito, pastelitos, soups, salads and everything in between. You can also visit them at their Coral Gables location!

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