El Tercer Lugar – Mexico City (MX)

Mexico City’s specialty coffee pioneers Buna operate one of the capital’s cutest coffee bars in the up and coming Colonia Juárez.

  • opening times:
    PERMANENTLY CLOSED
  • wifi:
    Yes
  • urls:
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  • price check:
    Espresso: $35 / Flat White: $35
  • machine:
    La Marzocco GS3
  • coffees on offer:
    various filter and espresso roasts
  • milk:
    Villa de patos

PLEASE NOTE: THIS COFFEE BAR IS NOW PERMANENTLY CLOSED – YOU CAN STILL ENJOY BUNA’S FINE COFFEES AT BUNA 42 ONLY 5 MINUTES AWAY

One of the first specialty coffee shops to open in Mexico City is the dark and cozy El Tercer Lugar in Colonia Juárez. In a city that has an abundance of Starbucks outlets and other places that serve pretty terrible coffee, El Tercer Lugar finally offered a space where you could go and enjoy a pretty decent cup of coffee.

The guys behind El Tercer Lugar are the same people who operate Buna, a local coffee roastery that has done its fair share to not only introduce the concept of specialty coffee to the Mexican capital, but they’re also at the forefront of promoting some of the best coffees that are grown in various parts of the country.

Filter coffee comes with a lid and a cookie

Filter coffee comes with a lid and a cookie

El Tercer Lugar is housed inside a livingroom like space on Calle Havre, which also plays host to a few other lovely locales and concept stores. Although the interior is a bit dark, it does invite you to sit down on one of the sofas, order a delicious Mexican coffee such as their ‘Havre 83’, that hails from Oaxaca state and just enjoy a moment of piece and quiet.

The bar set up is simple but offers almost all brew methods under the sun, including a Syphon. Espresso drinks are prepared using a La Marzocco GS3, which almost makes you feel like most people actually order filter coffees rather than you usual lattes and cappuccinos.

What’s more, there’s great outside seating by the window that allows you do people watching AND barista watching at the same time! How awesome is that?

Views from the window

Views from the window

Sometimes the guys at Buna also source guest coffees from Ethiopia and Kenya but the vast majority comes from various Mexican states such as Veracruz, Chiapas and Oaxaca. This allows you to sample some of the best coffees the country has to offer, which is generally a rather unusual thing since most coffee producing countries export their finest crops. I remember once being in Nicaragua and getting nothing but Nescafe.

Colonia Juárez is also in very close proximity to Colonia Roma, one of the city’s biggest hipster magnets and home to Buna’s newest outlet Buna 42. Find this review here.

Inside decor

Inside decor

Stools by the window

Stools by the window

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