Okay, I’ll be honest – I believe that sometimes pieces just fall into their place. It feels slightly magical when it happens and it reminds you that you are not an isolated individual having no impact whatsoever on anything else but your own life. It makes you feel like you’re part of something.
I discovered Café 664 Aperitivo Lounge on a Friday morning after an interview at the Radio y Televisión in Aguascalientes. I had seen it before a few times, but just from behind the window of a car, and thought that some day I might go visit the place. That Friday morning I almost fell into it – I walked down the street, spotted a beautifully painted and lettered chalkboard, looked up, and saw that it was THAT place that had just caught my attention. I didn’t hesitate a second and knew immediately I was at the right place once I entered – it was, surprise surprise, the smell of freshly brewed coffee.
I’ll be honest once more. I didn’t know much about the science behind coffee-brewing before I got this book into my hands: Craft Coffee – A Manual: brewing a better cup at home, written by Jessica Easto and Andreas Willhoff. Would it surprise you that I found this book at that same place, in the bookshelf of Café 664? I told you, sometimes, pieces just fall into their place.
WHERE DO YOU FIND CAFÉ 664 APERITIVO LOUNGE?
It’s right in the city center of Aguascalientes. You basically walk down the street Francisco Madero towards the east of the city and then turn left in the street often simply referred to as Zaragoza.
Talking about cities – if you wonder why you come across a zebra on a painting inside, it’s the world famous “Burro Zebra”, the donkey-zebra or sometimes called zonkey, considered a symbol of the city of Tijuana.
HOW IS THE ATMOSPHERE?
WHAT ABOUT THEIR COFFEE?
Experts at work. I confess I am a frequent watcher of their Instagram stories just because they film various methods of brewing coffee – this includes Chemex, cold brewing, Aeropress and V60 and it’s fascinating. Just the way the water is poured – it’s an art.
That’s the one thing that keeps me coming back – I know, Café 664 Aperitivo Lounge is offering far more, reaching from breakfasts to waffles, to frappés, to appetizers … and I am sure they’re really good in making all of those, but that one thing I admire most is how they make coffee. The cup is served as if it was a gift. As someone who hasn’t been making coffee at home for the sake of having a special “coffee-moment” in a café, this is a nice little detail that got the place right onto the list of places to be recommended in this Coffee & Foodie Guide. Coffee isn’t just a cup, it tells a story.
The coffee served is Mexican – from Chiapas, Oaxaca, Puebla, or Veracruz. Something very special and peculiar – coffee is toasted right there!
How does it taste? “Really good” is probably to blunt of an answer, yet my coffee senses haven’t been trained hard enough (yet) to dive into the full jargon and give a more sophisticated answer. I can tell you – you notice this coffee was made with time and attention.
Also, people who don’t drink cows’ milk (like me) will be happy finding plant-based milk. I recommend opting for soy milk if you go for a cappuccino or latte, since it leaves a nice and more solid milk foam. Almond milk mixes more or less with the coffee – not saying that this wouldn’t also taste very good.
The staff is super nice and cares about the experience you’re having, you are made feel like a welcomed visitor and don’t have to feel uncomfortable raising any question – if you prefer a particular kind of brewing, it’ll be welcome.
WHAT ABOUT FOOD?
Here’s the thing, I am so focused on coffee that I barely go to try out the food. I’ll amend the paragraph here one day, I am sure.
You’ll find tasty Mexican breakfasts: Chilaquiles, Omelettes, Tacos, Hamburger, Huevos Divorciados (which is eggs sunny side up served with two different salsas), as well as sweet breakfasts and desserts. Watch out for waffles and crepes!
Side note: the menu is no necessarily vegan. There is vegetarian pizza and I am more than sure you could ask for that made without cheese. Other than that, don’t get upset, just don’t go there hungry and get lost in the delicious coffee instead. You definitely shouldn’t miss out on that!
WHAT ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY?
…has plant-based milk. Check. Is selling a reusable coffee cup made by KeepCup.
Woho! So cool! Talking about cool – since you find frappés on the menu and might want to take one on hot summer days (it’s already hot in Aguascalientes and spring has just started!!) – take your own (big) cup/container, so you circumvent the plastic cups.
IS THERE WIFI?
IS THIS A PLACE I COULD TAKE MY LAPTOP TO?
Yes, take your laptop, enjoy your coffee. 🙂
Side note: This is no paid advertisement. I am sharing this experience since I believe that sharing is caring.