Buna Espresso Bar – Mexico City (MX)

Mexico City’s leading specialty coffee roaster runs this cool little espresso bar where it once had a full-service coffee bar and restaurant.

  • opening times:
    Mon - Sun: 8 - 19
  • wifi:
  • urls:
  • price check:
    Espresso: $40 / Flat White: $40 / Filter: $40
  • machine:
    La Marzocco Linea
  • coffees on offer:
    various espresso and filter roasts
  • milk:
    Villa de patos
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Originally, this review was about Buna 42, one of Mexico City’s first next-level specialty coffee bars. Run by one of the leading local roasters, Buna, this café had all the latest top-notch equipment and finest coffees from Buna’s range and served them in a friendly and accessible way on the northern fringes of Colonia Roma.

However, after some time, I got word that Lalo Perez Varona and his fellow founders wanted to focus more on the roasting and distribution part than on running a hospitality arm. Fair enough. Having a café is hard work but after the guys had already closed their first coffee shop El Tercer Lugar, Buna 42 would really leave a gap.


Luckily, they didn’t go away completely. Part of the space is now occupied by a wine bar-cum-eatery while the other section is now home to a cute Buna espresso bar.

The coffee quality here is still the same and the coffees on offer continue to shine but apart from some outdoor seating, it’s no longer the type of coffee bar that invites you to linger. It’s a take away joint and that’s it.

While in Mexico recently, I heard that Buna now served food at its roastery in Colonia Doctores. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise given that years ago Lalo gave me a tour of the rooftop where they were already growing all sorts of vegetables and herbs.

For now, this little espresso bar continues to showcase the fine coffees that Buna works and it’s a great little place to stop and refuel if you are venturing from Colonia Roma to Colonia Juarez.

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Hola Ciudad de Mexico! | Field Trip X said:

[…] Then we headed out to explore the neighborhood and find some breakfast. Roma Norte is a trendy neighborhood full of cafes, boutiques, parks, markets and leafy, tree-lined streets. We found breakfast just a block or so away at a cafe called Buna 42. […]

María Trevino said:

Buna es The best!!!!!!

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