Two of our favorite things here at XelaWho are drinking coffee and taking breaks. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that our offices are adorned with many a homage to Saint Pancho, officially recognized as the patron saint of the coffee break. Every day we fire up our computer, look at Saint P’s benevolent gaze, and then decide to take a few minutes off. Or an hour. Or just the whole day, I suppose.
If you’re looking for a good cup of coffee, then you’ve come to the right place. Guatemala is always trying its hardest to be known for its coffee and not its total impunity. To make up for the fact that there is a lot of impunity the coffee is really, really good.
While a true snob can tell the altitude at which the coffee was grown (higher = more bitter), all we at XelaWho ask is that it’s piping hot, served with a toquecito de leche, and that it’s served in a mug the size of our head.
Walking around town (or imagining yourself walking around town while looking at our handy map) you should be able to easily find cafes to enjoy a cup, or agencies that will take you out to go and visit coffee production right at the source.
Xela’s also a good place for a break. While there are breaks that are more or less enforced—eleven hours of rain, say will make the most entrenched workaholic go take a nap—there’s nothing better, in our opinion, than to take a hike and relax while enjoying a view of the city. If you haven’t noticed already, there is one stray dog per person here in Xela (part of the government’s Mi Familia Adquiere Chucho Salvaje program) so you will want to make sure that you leave your Lady Gaga-themed meat dress at home.
Where does that lead us? In a total love affair with the coffee break. Whether you’re in the middle of a day at work/volunteering, a 5-hour Spanish class, or a tedious grad school application, what better way to make it through than to take 10 minutes for a cup?
If you have (somehow) forgotten the joy of being able to slack off for a few we dedicate this issue to all things “break”, “coffee” and “coffee break”. While we’re still trying to justify the soccer article under this theme (Soccer break? Drink coffee at the stadium?) we think that even the biggest slacker will be able to learn a thing or two about taking five.