Café de Pacoche

One of the other great things we discovered while in Manta was Café de Pacoche. The Loaiza family had a display of their coffee set up on the malecon. You could smell the coffee from a block away – that and the smiling faces of this lovely family attracted us to their booth. the coffee beans were dark and rich and had that certain  glossy sheen to them. Smelled so good that we bought a pound bag and have enjoyed it every morning since.

One son, Diego, spoke excellent English so we talked for a bit. When I started running out of the coffee I emailed them to find out if we could get several bags delivered to our home by Servientrega.  Surprise! Saturday morning Diego and his mother stopped by with six bags of their excellent coffee. You can almost smell the richness through the photo.

San Clemente 6.1a.2014 003They were on their way back to Manta. What service – having them deliver right to our door. If you are interested in contacting Diego he can be reached at 09 9376 2472 or 052 626 819 or email


Cafe con Leche Anyone?


Coffee (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

When we were staying in Puerto Lopez our hostel included breakfast with the room rate. Each morning our first thought was that cup of excellent fresh ground coffee from our hosts’ finca. It was dark, rich and downright wonderful! Our friends from Las Tunas, Pat and her son Scott Creasey introduced us to Manabi coffee from Jipijapa which had that same rich flavor. Here in Playas the local Super Tia offers two bins of fresh roasted beans, the Manabi brand and the second is Loja.

My favorite is the Cafe de Manabi. It must be the same coffee that both Itapoa and then the Creasey family served. For under $4 a pound it is a find.

In the old days when I purchased Starbucks for $11 a pound I got the whole bean and ground just enough for that morning’s coffee. Here it works to buy a pound each week ground at the store. Did I say lazy? I am merely conserving energy!