When my friends visit me in Cozumel and end up at Starbucks, it makes me crazy! This tiny island has some of the coolest and most charming coffee shops anywhere.
Where should you go to get coffee in Cozumel? As in other parts of Mexico, people in Cozumel take their coffee seriously. There are several expert coffee purveyors on the island, all of which luckily also drip with charm and friendly service. To have a more local experience – and learn a thing or two about coffee in the process – here are our top picks for some killer coffee drinks.
Mexico, in general, has a great reputation for coffee, and as a nation is among the top 10 producers in the world.
(I guess die-hard Starbucks fans will be glad it’s available, and it’s nice to know what to expect. They even have Starbucks on the Ultramar fleet of Cozumel ferries now, which is… pretty awesome.)
But come on! Let’s get you off the beaten path a little bit here. Try our top 6 (plus 3 extra) coffee cafes in town.
Not only will you get great coffee, but you’ll get a taste of the Cozumel lifestyle and its wonderful people, as well.
El Coffee Cozumel (formerly Coffee Bean)
El Coffee Cozumel is one of the oldest and most beloved coffee cafes on the island, and it deserves all the praise it gets. A lovely space with almost old-world charm, El Coffee Coz is run by coffee aficionados who hand source and roast beans on the side (you can buy whole beans there, as well).
Beyond the amazing coffee is a full array of beautiful pastries – cakes, tarts, cookies, and more. You can also enjoy savory treats for breakfast and lunch. It’s an awesome spot, and a great place to stop in each morning and experience some of the local life.
El Coffee Cozumel – Downtown Centro. Calle 3, between Melgar Av. and Av. 5
K’ooben Laab is an absolute gem, and has Cozumel swooning since about 2018.
Known more as the new best contender for homemade pasta and bread, it’s also a coffee lover’s spot. They now share their deep knowledge of coffee beans, roasting processes, levels of finish, and brewing methods to enhance the product and the experience.
Order one of their amazing cold brews and prepare for a lesson, and one of the best (or at least most unique) cups of coffee you’ve ever had. (And you really must eat dinner there, too!)
K’ooben Laab – Centro. Av. 30 between Morelos and Calle 5 (west side of Av.)
Ciri’s Coffee Bar
I know Ciri’s because it’s run by a family member of another friend I met through yoga. It just goes to show you that there are a ton of lovely family-owned places here in Cozumel that don’t necessarily make the guide books or ferry advertisements.
Ciri’s is a charmer, and luckily for me, home of one of the best cappuccinos I’ve had since I moved here!
Tucked into a nice spot on Calle 65 (one of the main commerce roads in Centro), you can easily pull over and pop in for a caffeine boost and a cupcake. You can also buy some beans or ground coffee to go. Friendly staff, too!
Ciri’s Coffee Bar – Centro. Av. 65 between Calles 19S and 21S (west side of Av.)
Located in a great spot in the central Plaza (a block north of the clock tower, just beyond 7-11), Coz Coffee Roasters is in a neat, sunny building with shaded tables outside, and lots of people-watching potential. But the real draw is the coffee and their occasional roasting demonstrations.
Probably their claim to fame in town is their specialty “peanut butter coffee.” I was a skeptic, but I have seen the light! Try one for yourself and let me know…
Coz Roasters – Central Plaza. Av. 5 Sur, between 7-11 and Dick’s Dive
Oaxalma is a new coffee bar in Cozumel, specializing in coffees from Oaxaca.
Oaxalma has a hip modern design, and lots of things to try – great coffee, but also cold brews and blends, specialty honey, horchata frappes, breakfast parfaits, and more.
Oaxalma Cafe – Centro. Calle 4 N, between Avs. 5 & 10
Zermatt Bakery Panadería y Pastelería Fina
Zermatt was one of those places that stopped me in my tracks when I was exploring Cozumel as a proud, new resident. Close to the downtown plaza, this place just had a cooler, more established feel.
Walking in, I was almost knocked over by the delicious smell of bread, puffed pastry and cakes. But my first taste was their rich, black coffee, and I loved it.
Grab a tray, a set of tongs, and choose a few treats from the baskets set out (this is the way you do it in Mexico). Bring the tray to the counter, and they’ll wrap up your goodies to go, or you can get a plate and sit at one of their cafe tables.
Now I try to stop in whenever I’m in the area. Cute older place, and delicious any time of day.
Zermatt Bakery Panadería y Pastelería Fina – Centro. Av. 5 N, at corner of Calle 4 N.
Other Excellent Options:
Adela Cafe –
This little cafe is adorable and has delicious barista coffee drinks, savory foods, and a knockout selection of sweets like sticky buns, stuffed donuts, and brioche. It’s great.
Centro. Calle 5 S, between Melgar and Av. 5. (Across the street from the Int’l Hospital)
Maple Bake House
Cool cafe with obvious bakery chops. Maple’s coffee is delicious.
Main location: Centro. Calle 6 N between Melgar and Av. 5
A French pastry shop at heart, this cute cafe has delicious breakfasts, amazing confections and great coffee.
Centro. Calle 2 N, between Avs. 5 and 10
And so the list goes on…I’m sure I’ll find another new one next week. Keep trying all these little Cozumel foodie finds while you’re strolling around town here – I’ve yet to be disappointed.