Beyond the Border: Cafe Caf

Arts and crafts coffee bar in Ensenada beckons

By Jimmy D Dichirico
Published on LatinoLA: July 3, 2003

Beyond the Border: Cafe Caf

"All these Starbucks wannabe's are trying... Caf? Caf? is the place to hang in Ensenada and enjoy some fine arts and crafts." ~~Jimmy ?D?

I just wanted to share with the LatinoLA visitors a place to hang when visiting Ensenada this summer. So plan your trips to Baja now. Don't be afraid of the border crossing. There is always another crossing at Otai Mesa that's open from 6 am to midnight.. Just be careful how much liquor your bring back now.

Caf? Caf?, located on 1st Street in Ensenada (Calle Primera), opened its doors on October 2nd 1993, as a hip coffee bar, and curio shop. On the first floor you'll find a full service coffee bar, plus a very impressive curio shop of arts and crafts from various parts of Mexico. For the last two years, Caf? Caf? has been the sole distributor of the finest original local and national folk art specializing in Tzotzil (Chiapas) and Huichol (Nayarit) back-lit candleholders, and recently beautiful yarn crafted impressions of the Huichol Indians.

Ramirez (A.K.A. Memo) and his wife Lorena Muro opened Caf? Caf? as the only place in Ensenada with an appreciation for edgy, underground art. "We had poetry, avant-garde movies, punk rock. We even had 17 musicians from the cruise ship play in here once," states Memo, co-owner.

Today the cafe has expanded to include a second floor jazz bar that has seen the likes of players from Sublime and other headliner musicians and bands. Live jazz and instrumental performances can be found on most Friday and Saturday evenings. Beer and wine is also now served at Caf? Caf?.

True to its name, Caf? Caf? serves the best designer cafe mochas inspired by the legendary chocolates from the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Caf? de Olla, the most traditional of Mexico?s coffee is brewed with a secret recipe that has been made famous throughout the California's by its numerous fans. Their sinful cake ?El Pecado?, which translates to ?sin?, includes lustful ingredients such as German chocolate, flan (custard), and a special golden brown sweet topping. This Caf? Caf? signature cake brings people from as far as Seattle in the hopes of getting to Caf? Caf? before the last slice of "sinful" cake is served to one of its many faithful sweet-tooth partakers. OK, just remember to ask for a piece of cake when you visit. They will know which one you're talking about.

For more information visit their web site at:


or Email them directly at: Memo@bajabargains.com

Have a fun summer!

About Jimmy D Dichirico:
Jimmy "D" Dichirico is a frequent visitor to Baja California, Mexico. Ramirez Muro (A.K.A. Memo) is the co-owner (along with his wife Lorena) of Cafe Cafe in Ensenada. They are both strong promoters/supporters of the arts in Baja.

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