If you know anything about me, then you pretty much know that I’m always trying out the latest third wave coffee shops throughout Los Angeles and beyond. A few months ago I hit up most of what Portland has to offer and declared my life changed by the quality. However, my ultimate coffee shop, my most favorite out of the 3489320842 shops I’ve tried in my life, has been 49th Parallel in Vancouver for a while now. That was until this past Saturday when 49th Parallel was dethroned as being my ultimate most favorite shop ever. That title now belongs to La Stazione Café, located in Tijuana, Mexico.
If you would have told me that I would find the ultimate coffee shop of my dreams in Tijuana, I would have thought you were messing with me. Yet, its funny how the universe puts places in your path and changes your life forever. I had been hearing about La Stazione from RE for a long time. Years, maybe. I figured it was just a cute cafe or something, but nothing could have prepared me for the awesome that is La Stazione.
When I walked inside, I heard the same choir of angels that sang when I first walked into 49th Parallel years ago. This was the coffee shop of my dreams! It was so beautiful. I just stood there with my mouth open staring around for a few minutes. This place totally melted my cold dark heart. And that sign that says Coffee Is Hope? Total melt.
Sure, you are probably thinking, LD? Its just a coffee shop, stop being a dork…so perhaps this will help you understand where I am coming from. As much as I love the third wave shops in Southern California and Portland, I always feel a little out of place. When I go to Intelli, I’m usually the only Mexican person there. The same can be said for pretty much any other coffee shop I frequent in LA. I am a minority, and I may be an educated working professional, but stigmas still exist, and I would be denying the truth, if I were to say that race wasn’t an issue in my life. And here I was, at a wonderful shop that pretty much resembled a Mexican Intelli. I was like the girl in the Blind Melon music video that opened up the gate to where the bumble bees were hanging out. That was me. I was that girl when I walked into this coffee shop.
And then something silly happened. Something unplanned, but very neat. There was a guy sitting at the table next to us listening to us geek out over this epic coffee shop. And then he started speaking English. Yes my friends, there was an American guy hanging out at La Stazione. This time I wasn’t the minority! Boom! Funny how the universe puts people in your path. This guy is Jason, he’s a pretty big deal. He goes to SDSU, but lives in TJ, and runs an incredibly wonderful blog called Tijuanalandia. We ended up exchanging Twitterz, and its funny because it seems like he is someone I would follow on Twitter first, and THEN meet in person, but the exact opposite happened. I had never heard of @tijuanalandia before, but now I’m a fangirl. Seriously, great site documenting life in Tijuana. I love it.
So, back to La Stazione! The shop is beautiful. So beautiful. Dark wood, seating, retro speakers, pour over, legit machine, and baristas that knew their stuff.
There was NO pretentiousness here. Not at all. It was so chill, I just wanted to hang out forever! All I needed was my MacBook Pro…because yes, since this was the coffee shop of my dreams, the guys hanging out on laptops all had MacBooks! Awesome!
The beauty is in the details and there were so many details in this shop. Everywhere I looked there was something that caught my eye. Even the jars and the labels…in Spanish!
And of course they have their own specially roasted coffee for sale. Etiopía o Bolivia.
I ended up ordering a cortado, which is my ultimate drink of choice. Sure the place was lovely, but how was the coffee?
The coffee was AMAZING! And look at the latte art? This coffee was so smooth. It was love.
In addition to drinks, they also have pastries! This bite size tart was super cute and super good! They also have fruit drinks, which are some of my favorites! I was so curious to try their offerings, and I figured I needed to counteract the coffee jitters so I read over the menu.
“Remedios para el Calor”
(Remedies for the Heat)
I had never seen offerings like this anywhere else, but I did see Barista Oliver cutting up fruit and taking such care in preparing these drinks. I needed to try them. They had some tea infused drinks, and Oliver actually steeped the tea for each drink.
All of these cold drinks were freshly prepared! Nothing ready made in a jug. This was serious business! I mean, we are talking shakers and fresh fruit. My ultimate!
Here is the Jasmine Lemonade. Wow.
And here is my Naranjada. Blood orange something or other. Amazing. Amazing. My only regret in ordering this, is that now I’m craving it all the time. Quite possibly the most refreshing drink of my life. Oliver is a genius! It had huge chunks or oranges in it too. This.
We must have stayed here for well over an hour just hanging out. My uncle was reading the paper, RE and I were taking pictures, chillaxing.
We got to talking to Oliver, asking if there were any other good coffee places to try in the city for our crawl. Him and Jason told us about the VIA building, and that there was a new cafe located there that might be worth checking out. Yay for new friends!
Remember earlier, I talked about the details? Check this out. The mirror says “Cliente del mes” which means “Customer of the month” which I loved! So adorable!
After visiting my fair share of amazing coffee shops throughout various states and countries, La Stazione Cafe in Tijuana, B.C., Mexico is my ultimate and most favorite in all the land. If you find yourself in TJ and want to try some third wave goodness, definitely make it a point to stop by. Its amazing to me how this wonderful shop in Tijuana completely PWNS anything San Diego has to offer. Boom.
La Stazione Cafe
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