Tag: coffee shop

2016 – Our Favorite Coffee Shops in Chia/Cajica Display Different Specialties

June 2016 To be a great coffee shop takes more than just good coffee. There must be service, ambiance and accompaniments. The shop must demonstrate consistency in those areas as well as an attitude of continual improvement in meeting the needs of the customer. Previously we covered our favorite coffee shops in Bogotá. Readers may […]

Juan Valdez Café in Bazaar Mall – Ambiance, Service & Pets

March 2016 Graciela: My husband and I have always been a fan of Juan Valdez coffee shops. In terms of product quality each one always delivers. And every one we have visited offers free Wi-Fi. What makes the difference between the company’s stores is ambiance and service. In those areas the Bazaar Mall shop is ahead […]

St. Honoré – an Appropriately Named Coffee Shop In Chia, Colombia

St. Honoré coffee shop Chia, Colombia

March 2016 Michael: The name caught my attention. When my wife saw it she said, “Good name for a coffee shop that sells breads and pastries.” With years of marriage she has learned to read my often involuntary inquisitive look. “He is the patron saint of bakers, she added.” Before moving to Colombia patron saints were […]

Chez Moi Coffee Shop en Chia Despliega Sus Talentos Culinarios

Enero 2016 Michael: Hay simplemente “pan” y hay “pan artesanal”. En este ùltimo grupo solamente unos pocos estàn en la cima del juego. Ahora uno de ellos abriò un coffee shop en Chia, Colombia. En nuestros diarias salidas, terminamos en la avenida llamada Chilacos en la pequeña comunidad a las afueras de Bogotà. Varias entradas […]

Chez Moi Coffee Shop in Chia Displays the Owner’s Culinary Talents

January 2016 There is bread, then there is pan artesanal  (artisan bread). Among those in the art group there are a few at the top of the game. Now one of them opened a coffee shop in Chia, Colombia. Daily errands took us down the street known as Avenida Chilacos in the small town outside […]

WASSA – Coffee Shop With a Savvy for Breads and Health

December 2015 Michael: Walking in the front door one sees at the back of the room an archway to the exhibition kitchen. Above it says, “Todos los días se hornean tus deseos” (Every day we bake your wishes). On another wall it states “El arte de hacer pan” (the art of making bread). Fortunately this […]

Probocatto – Upscale Coffee Shop Without the Upscale Prices

November 2015 Graciela: Probocatto is one of the most enjoyable coffee shops we go to. It is clean. Service is fast. And it is quiet. And yes, they have Wi-Fi. Michael: Everything focuses on elegance with customer enjoyment in mind. The decoration invites one in. Glass windows and a glass door draws one’s eye to […]

Photo of the Week – Fish Balloon

October 2015 Michael:   I often find Colombians very innovative. From our car we could see decorations in the front area of one of or favorite coffee shops, Cafe Kerub. Once inside the construction of the fish revealed itself. Balloons with construction paper eyes, tail and fins taped on look very cute. The owner told […]

Coffee Shops not Reviewed and why

October 2015 Are there bad coffee shops in and around Bogotá? That seemed to be the question a reader asked us. The person inquired about places we have not reviewed. Michael: My wife and I hit coffee shops at least 300 days each year. Before a place occupies space on our site we visit it […]

Grün – Garden Rooftop Coffee Shop Helps Healing

August 2015 Michael: From my experience, where they put this coffee shop is a stroke of genius. I can honestly say that it helped me feel better while in the hospital. Graciela: Many outdoor places in Bogotá have some greenery around trying to insulate the customer from the invasion of concrete all around. Juan Valdez […]

Café Kerub – Best Way to Build a Coffee Shop is From the Ground up

August 2015 Michael: Great coffee, friendly service, tasty accompaniments, enjoyable atmosphere. It does not come by accident, but with thought and planning. In the outskirts of Cajicá on a street between the Autopista and Antigua via Chia, my wife and I watched a building go up over the course of several months. Located very near the Colegio […]

Luna Café in Chia Offers Great Taste in a Relaxed Atmosphere

May 2015 Michael: The coffee shop is literally located under the staircase. Not to mention that from the mall entrance it is hidden from view. However, if you take the time to find Luna Café your taste buds will be appreciative. Graciela: There are several things I like about Luna Café. To begin with its […]

Caramelo – Coffee Shop That Tantalizes the Taste Buds

Michael: I had never done it before. Eating all of the dessert before even taking a sip of my coffee is against my nature, not to mention the years of etiquette drilled into me by my mother. But each bite of the maracuyá and guanábana cake tempted another one. For my friends in other countries […]

Dulcinea in Chia – coffee in a relaxed atomosphere

April 2015 Michael: Dulcinea in Chia is one of those places where indecision hits me. My wife and I frequently go there for our daily coffee. However when confronted with their long display case of morsels to accompany that coffee there is difficulty in choosing just one. Over the months my taste buds have been […]

Productos Rápido – 43 years in business for a reason

Leer en Español Michael: Damn. Everything in the long multi-shelved glass cases tugged at my taste buds and beckoned to be put in my mouth. The dilemma happens every time I go to the place for coffee. Graciela: People in Bogotá know that Productos Rapido’s products are good and well priced. That is part of […]

Myriam Camhi – Elegance in a coffee shop and a flair with pastries

Graciela: In over 12 years I have purchased many cakes and other pastries from Myriam Camhi. The simple reason is because they are excellent. Michael: According to the story on the menu it started over 30 years ago with one woman baking in her home. Today one can find their goods at nine locations in […]

Designing a Great Coffee Shop for the USA

Michael:  Americans drink 133% more coffee per capita than Colombians. Yet, the difference between coffee shops in the two countries makes no sense to me. Opening a place that sells the black brew in Colombia seems an almost guaranteed money maker. However I’ve noticed that many small coffee shops in the USA are having trouble […]

Brot Bakery & Café is an Enjoyable Place

Graciela:  We ordered our cappuccinos and pan de yuccas. Michael then asked me what one word I would use describe this coffee shop. “Enjoyable,” I answered immediately. Michael: I put the question to my wife because she has more experience with Brot than I do. For seven years she worked near the coffee shop and […]

Moksha Pasteleria – Passion & Quality

Review of a coffee shop that easily made our top ten favorites list. ***** Please Note: Since this writing Moksha has moved. It is now near Centro Comercial Cedritos across from Carulla Supermarket. The address is Carrera 17 # 151 – 27  in Barrio Cedro Golf ******* ***** September 2014 Update – We have been […]

Zukerino Pasteleria – Coffee Shop Review

Good coffee, good deserts, good furniture Michael:  We were in barrio Chico  looking for a tinto (coffee) after a late morning experience with a company whose employees seem to be zombies going through the motion of their jobs. Our exercise came in the form of walking around a couple blocks checking out all the coffee […]