Coffee for me is more than my morning ritual, it is how I start my day ... Ok Coffee, ok day, Good Coffee Good Day and Great Coffee GREAT DAY. Some people don't operate that way, but I do, if you do and you are in Cuenca, Ecuador, then you need to visit Nucallacta on Calle Larga --PERIOD.
When I travel I seek out the local coffee guys, the ones that get it, the ones that understand that coffee is much more than just 'important' to some people. I find the roasters, if I am in a position to make my morning cup and the purveyors of 'the bean' if I am not. In Nucallacta I found both the artisan roaster and the cup 'crafter' and that is a little bit of home for me. Not only can you speak about 5 languages in the cafe, including 'coffee', you get to marry it with some good food, conversation and some of the most interesting people you will find in Cuenca from a writer for International Living, to xpats who have lived all over the world, as well as techies, students, teachers, artists, and people to whom coffee is as important to them as it is to people like me. Through these doors come the travelers and the locals.
They serve some delicious treats and the menu is always evolving. Romy loves to talk coffee, he takes input and constructive criticism and since I hit town on December 26th, 2013, I have watched his cafe grow in interesting ways. They cater to coffee snobs, talk coffee, roast coffee and serve one of the best HUGE American size two fisted cappuccinos served outside of my kitchen.
Finely crafted coffee, personal service, solid and evolving menu, customer service the way it should be and everyday haunt for the initiated Gringo xpat community, tourists, students and people in search of a warm friendly place to enjoy good conversation -- it is real and it is a true Cuenca experience. Did I say that the prices are the best in Cuenca for a great cup of coffee?
It is the place to go for coffee because it is Simply the BEST.
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