Don Pepe Cafe

The owners of the family-run Cafe Don Pepe certainly know what a good cup of coffee is all about. This small, chilled-out local establishment is hidden away in a quiet area within the centre of Trinidad town, and it offers up a fabulous variety of delicious caffeine-infused creations to savour.

Just across the street from the Museo de la Lucha contra Bandidos, Café Don Pepe makes itself known by way of a small gate that leads into a peaceful courtyard. Perfectly tucked away from the outside world, this secluded spot feels like a well-kept secret. Scattered with tropical plants, exotic trees and chunky wooden tables, this little oasis is ideal for relaxing over a strong cup of Cuban coffee. The shade provided by the courtyard’s lush vegetation also makes it a most welcome retreat from the heat of the midday sun.

The coffee alone is definitely worth making the trip for and the owner’s passion for producing a quality cup is plain to see. She brought back her espresso machine from a trip to Spain and uses coffee that’s sourced from a farm in the nearby Sierra de Escambray mountains. The beans are also ground on the premises, so you’ll enjoy a cup of coffee that’s about as fresh as it gets. It’s also worth noting that the café’s locally-sourced coffee is available to buy, so if you’re impressed with what you drink you can buy a bag to take away.

Café Don Pepe’s coffee menu is impressive and includes a range of house specialities. There’s a rum-infused cold coffee with cinnamon and ice-cream and a deliciously sweet concoction combining espresso with banana liquor, honey and condensed milk. All of the coffees come with a complimentary chocolate and there’s also a small food menu offering a range of simple snacks.

Inside the charming interior of Café Don Pepe, you’ll find a cosy room filled with all kinds of quirky trinkets and ornaments, with dusty antiques, paintings and a selection of steel coffee pots hanging from the walls. The rustic surroundings create a warm, familiar atmosphere that’s typical of the popular family-run casas you’ll find scattered throughout Trinidad.

The welcoming owners do a great job of making all of their customers feel instantly at home, and in such a relaxed setting it’s easy to spend an entire day at Café Don Pepe quietly sipping coffee, reading or just watching how the world go by.

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