Best coffee store in the world/ Mérida, MX

Posheria/ Paseo de Montejo, Centro Histórico de Mérida, Yucatán

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dsc04472Julio de la Cruz, owner, Posheria

dsc04478Anybody who follows this blog knows that I have had the pleasure of tasting the finest coffees in the world…in Brazil, in Columbia, Turkish coffee in Istanbul, Cuban coffee in Miami, Arabic brew in Dubai…but recently, the best coffee I’ve had is from the Chiapas Highlands of Mexico. It’s nutty and sweet, and the only coffee that I’ve ever drank that is actually better without cream and sugar. Fortunately, the store that sells it…Posheria…is a short drive from my home in Yucatán, Mexico. But Posheria is much more than just a coffee store…

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Owner Julio de la Cruz opened his first store in 2010 in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, and then opened another location on the chic Paseo de Montejo in Mérida in 2015. The store also carries hand-woven tapestries and bags made from maguey (an agave plant), hand-made wood carvings and ceramics (jaguars seem to be a specialty), as well as a huge selection of pox (pronounced: posh), a traditional Maya liquor made from corn. All of his store’s stock is fair trade that benefits the economy of Chiapas’ coffee growers and artisans.

dsc04491-1Bottles of pox, tapestries, maguey bags, ceramics, and hand-carved crafts.

I had never heard of pox before. According to Julio, the Maya considered it a mystic concoction, and used it for celebrations and spiritual occasions, or as he explains it “Pox: Destilado de Maiz. The traditional drink of the indigenous communities of Los Altos de Chiapas. This distillate is considered the bridge between the material and spiritual world and every sip serves a purpose: joy for the holidays, elixir to heal the body and balm for the soul.”  Julio operates a pox distillery in Mérida…the only source of  licensed, tax-stamped pox in existence…it generally coming from rustic distilling in the Chiapas Highlands. Depending upon which flavor you chose, it makes either a great aperitif or digestif…drunk chilled in a small glass like sherry or port.

dsc04477A variety of hand-crafted critters

dsc04485Pox, wood carvings, and tapestries

Posheria is a really interesting store to spend some time browsing…have a coffee…and sample a taste of pox. It’s at Paseo de Montejo #486, Centro Histórico in Mérida…near the end of the street where it loops around. I’ve never been there without buying something. In fact, today I bought that little jaguar in the thumbnail photo at the beginning of this editorial. The Tsotsil indigenous people of the Chiapas Highlands say “bankilal” (brother) in lieu of “cheers.”  So….bankilal!

PS: if you drop in, tell Julio you saw the blog post.


Apple strudel at 10,132 ft (3,089 M) Gornergrat, Switzerland

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Last Saturday morning, I took a walk in the mountains…

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Gornergrat is on the ridge of the Pennine Alps above the town of Zermatt. The Matterhorn (far right in the panorama photo below) attracts climbers from all over the world. Over 500 climbers have perished while attempting to climb it.IMG_1448


Einstein Kaffee/ Bern, Switzerland

This coffee shop is in the building where Herr Doktor Einstein lived in Bern. It’s a trendy place with exposed brick and a chi-chi crowd. The best part is it’s tagline: “relatively the best.”

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Mittenwald, Germany: coffee with a view

IMG_1197This past Friday, I had a video shoot in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. I was traveling by train from Bern, Switzerland, but an unseasonably early snow storm brought down trees all along the tracks in the Austrian and German Alps, so from Innsbruck on there were only buses, and many delays. In the end, this was a fortuitious development because I was able to spend some time in Mittenwald, Germany, both on the way to Garmisch and back. Mittenwald is known for it’s violin-makers, and is an incredibly beautiful Alpine town. The little cafe at the train station was a special treat, with friendly service, great food, and a variety of local beers. Put this little town on your “bucket list.”

Visit the blog that I’m currently working on in Switzerland: http://isberne.wordpress.com/2013/10/10/isberne-sports-promotes-character-camaraderie-and-community/

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Arabesq: world’s most interesting coffee store/ Dubai Mall, United Arab Emirates

IMG_0918IMG_0919Technically more of a sweets shop than a coffee store, it nonetheless is kind of a fantasy place for coffee affectionados. They hand-infuse pistachios into their ice cream, sell sweets from all over the Arab region, and make coffee in the Arabic-style…similar to the Turkish brewing method. I bought some Syrian baklava and Moroccan cookies. Pretty much the entire first floor of this mall, which has access to the Burj Khalifa, is a series of gourmet shops.

Shot on iPhone 4S

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cappuccino/ Bern Hauptbahnhof, Switzerland


Café merveilleux/ Chicco D’oro, Montreux, Suisse

Ils ont également des crêpes merveilleuses. Photo sur l’iPhone.