Merida Coffee Roaster
Very little beats the smell of roasting coffee beans – especially in wood-fired roasters. The first time I came across the thick aroma encompassing a city block with the sticky, dark flavor was in Ciudad Valles in San Luis Potosi. There the roaster was old, a little grimy and stoked by Huastecan ladies. It was a discorvery to be savored.
Here in Merida the same, rich smell enveloped me near the Santa Ana square as I walked and photographed. This roaster, Cafe Cafico (924.27.00) not only provided freshly ground espresso they had roasted but the first Cuban coffee I have tasted in Mexico that tasted like the Cuban coffee I grew up on in Tampa and wait to enjoy when I am in Miami. The machine is neat, too.