Coffee Club Travels: Our 1st Tijuana Trip

Hey y'all, this is the first of (hopefully many) our Tijuana trips.  I'm not going to talk too much about the details of our jam packed day/night but I wanted to tell a short story of what I observed.  First I would like to stop and say thank you to Chuy from Primera Taza.  He showed me a world I didn't know existed and I am grateful for that.

We started from Long Beach and headed south to Mexico around 11am.  We exchanged some money and walked over the border around 2pm. 

Tras Horizonte.  This restaurant was incredible.  Go visit it asap... Chuy honestly knew everyone, even the owner/head chef of the restaurant.  The food was world class and I've eaten at michelin star restaurants around the world.  Tras was basically our home base. 

Duck tacos...

Duck tacos...

Ok, enough about food.  I can dedicate a blog post to that another time.  

Let's talk coffee.  Our first coffee stop was walking distance away from Tras.  It was named Caffe Sospeso.  The owners are Korean and they specialize in African coffee's.  I had a couple of espresso's (from Africa and SE Asia) and it was a great place to start.  We called an Uber and headed back to home base shortly after. 

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The Uber dropped us off at our main destination  This is where Chuy picks up his Mexican coffee...

So, I'll be real this entire time I thought I was going to get taken to the back and killed.  Growing up as a Latino in Los Angeles my grandparents would always say don't go to Tijuana.  It was similar to going to a really bad part of town where a lot of crime happens.  As my Dad would say, if you see a pile of shit don't step in it but go around.  Until this point my mind was running with possibilities of death. lol

Then...this happened.

Meet Fabian Sanchez Mexico's barista Champion that competed against people from all over the world.  We then went on a mini coffee crawl to coffee shops owned by this roaster.  They own 9...

Meet Fabian Sanchez Mexico's barista Champion that competed against people from all over the world.  We then went on a mini coffee crawl to coffee shops owned by this roaster.  They own 9...

Both coffee shops were amazing in their own way.  The second shop had a mod bar...which was the first time I've seen this $25K machine in action.  This is only a sneak peak.  I now have a new found love for Tijuana, it's people, and can't wait to go back.  A special thanks to Chuy from Primera Taza! Go give him a visit and tell him Matthew sent you, he'll charge you double. :P Oh yeah, we finished up the night with the best tacos in Mexico (and the world lol).

Both coffee shops were amazing in their own way.  The second shop had a mod bar...which was the first time I've seen this $25K machine in action.  This is only a sneak peak.  I now have a new found love for Tijuana, it's people, and can't wait to go back.  A special thanks to Chuy from Primera Taza! Go give him a visit and tell him Matthew sent you, he'll charge you double. :P

Oh yeah, we finished up the night with the best tacos in Mexico (and the world lol).