Mi Ciudad – A Coffee Nook in Mexico City

Mentioning coffee in my previous post got me thinking of a lot of topics, but today I wanted to attain a relaxed Sunday mood; inspired by a prompt by Jim Adams @ A Unique Title for Me, brilliantly hosting this week’s theme: Song Lyric Sunday – Hometown or City (see my selection below), I have chosen to talk about a coffee shop inside a heritage building in my native Mexico City (pictured at the top of the post.)  This haven of peace is inside Plaza Loreto, a shopping and cultural centre in the hectic borough of San Angel (Altamirano #46, Tizapán San Angel.)  The site and main structures were salvaged and converted into this plaza in 1992, after the Fábrica de Papel de Loreto y Peña Pobre, a paper factory operating there since 1929, had to be closed and sold due to several tragedies, including fires.

I have shared photos of other iconic monuments and statues in Mexico City in previous posts (for example, Manacar building, and along Paseo de la Reforma), and Plaza Loreto is another beautiful example of cultura capitalina (Mexico City, capital city culture), in which old and modern architecture and motifs combine to offer an efficient use of space while preserving the rich heritage of the structures:

001 Plaza Loreto

There is an Art and History museum in the premises (Museo Soumaya- Loreto, free admission), along with sculptures and other outdoor art exhibits (as seen above).

Amongst the many businesses in the mall, my featured coffee shop belongs to Punta del Cielo™, a 100% Mexican company; their name, “Tip of the Sky”, reflects the origin of their high-altitude coffee beans, from summits of the mountains in the Mexican states of Veracruz, Oaxaca, and Chiapas. High altitudes allow coffee plants to maintain an optimum temperature and the perfect balance of light and oxygen for coffee trees to grow healthy, and the harvested beans to be of the highest quality.  Cocoa beans are also part of their expertise; below, there are three examples of their products:

002 Punta del Cielo products
Form left: Premium coffee from Veracruz; decaffeinated coffee blend from Veracruz, Oaxaca and Chiapas; Hot chocolate mix from Oaxaca

The company has established a successful niche for their products nationwide, in spite of tough competition from transnational companies invading the Mexican coffee and chocolate markets (no secret here, AKA, Starbucks™ and the Swiss company Nestle™.)  In the photo below, left, a sample of the Punta del Cielo beverage menu, showing a nice selection of both hot and cold choices and, right, a fine cup of coffee, for a soothing Sunday afternoon:

Song Lyric Sunday – Hometown or City: I immediately thought of the perfect song to complement this post, about my birthplace, beautiful Mexico City. “Mi Ciudad” (My City), is a homage to Mexico City, by José Alfonso Ontiveros Carrillo (1941-1982), better known as Guadalupe Trigo; although he was actually born in Merida, the capital city of the Mexican state of Yucatan, he moved with his family to Mexico City at the age of six.  As a composer, guitarist and singer, he was very successful as part of the New Latin American Folksong movement in the 1970s.

Click here for YouTube video: Mi Ciudad performed by Guadalupe Trigo

(Composers: Guadalupe Trigo and Eduardo Salas; my translation to English)

Mi ciudad es chinampa -My city is a floating garden
En un lago Escondido – in a hidden lake
Es cenzontle que busca – it’s a mockingbird with 400 voices seeking for
En donde hacer nido – a place to nest

Rehilete que engaña la vista al girar– Pinwheel that deceives as it spins
Baila el son del tequila y de su valentía – Dances at the beat of tequila and its bravery
Es jinete que arriesga la vida – A rider risking her life
En un lienzo de fiesta y color – framed on a festive and colourful canvas

Mi ciudad es la cuna – My City is the cradle
De un niño dormido – of a sleeping child
Es un bosque de espejos – it’s a forest of mirrors
Que cuida un castillo – guarding a castle
Monumento de gloria que vela su altar – Glorious monument that watches over its altar
Es un sol con penacho y sarape veteado – It’s a sun, crowned with feathers and a striped shawl
Que en las noches se viste de charro – Moonlighting in charro attire
Y se pone a cantarle al amor – As she starts to serenade love

En las tardes con la lluvia – In the afternoon, with the rain
Se baña su piel morena – bathing her dark skin
Y al desatarse las trenzas – and as she unravels her braids
Sus ojos tristes se cierran – her longing eyes close

Mi ciudad es la cuna …

Mi ciudad lyrics © Universal Music Publishing

I am also joining Cee’s FFC: Fun Foto Challenge: Week 5 – Pick a Topic from this Photo (Coffee)


12 thoughts on “Mi Ciudad – A Coffee Nook in Mexico City

  1. What a thoughtful post and beautiful tribute to your home city. I really enjoyed Mexico City when I visited years ago; I remember the people were the friendliest of all the cities I visited during my tour. I’m too caffeine sensitive to drink coffee but I love the smell of it and love coffee culture. Maybe I could have a nice chocolate drink at the Punta Del Cielo. I tried to brush up on my high school Spanish as I listened to Mi Ciudad and read your lyrics (thank you for the translation!). I have been feeling a lot of love for my current city, Seoul, and Mi Ciudad made me want to find a tribute song for this capital city as well. ❤


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