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About Café Kacao

Café Kacao has been the dream of the Del Cid Family for close to a decade at the heart of the family is Veronica Del Cid, who since her young years has been taught recipes that have been passed from generation to generation.

It is now that our dream finally becomes a reality, the dream of being able to share our unique flavors, heritage, and culture through our food.

Come and Join us for a wonderful experience from start to finish!

To ensure freshness in our coffee we have decided that coffee be shipped to us within 48hrs of being roasted to ensure freshness.

From the Sierra de las Minas Biosphere Reserve, this coffee has a typically clean and bright flavor made famous by the best coffees of Guatemala. Light notes of apricot and ripe oranges are balanced by a subtle dark chocolate finish. The cup is very balanced and aliv

Flavor, obviously the most important characteristic of coffee, describes what a coffee tastes like, and how strong that taste may be. For example, a good Guatemalan coffee may be described as having a rich and bittersweet chocolate taste with undertones of citrus and spice. A coffee’s flavor is influenced by its growing conditions, by its length of time in storage, by the type of plant it comes from, by the methods of processing or cleaning used, by the way it is roasted, and by everything with which it comes in contact. If any of these factors are less than ideal, you’ll notice it in your cup.

A culinary revolution started with the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors at the start of the 16th century. Through them the Mayans and Aztecs would be introduced to foods like rice, chicken, beef, onions, garlic and wine. Incorporating these ingredients to the traditional Guatemalan pantries of chocolate, corn, tomatoes and vanilla resulted in the cuisine we know today. A diverse mix of bright flavors, appealing textures with an undeniable search for freshness.

Corn is one of the many staple foods of Guatemala. “Tortilla de maiz” (corn tortilla) is eaten with almost every meal, which is why at Café Kacao we decided to serve Homemade corn torillas with your meal.

Whether sweet or spicy, costly or economical its the use of fresh produce, simply prepared is what makes our food different from the rest. Whether it is the bright salsas made of chopped tomatoes and chilies, or carne asada which is skirt steak that has been lightly marinated before grilling, the food style of Guatemala is to keep it fresh and simple.

So what words describe Guatemalan cuisine? Versatile, fresh, simple, delicious. Guatemalan cuisine is about using what is available locally in a resourceful, uncomplicated way. The result of which is a style that is accessible to anyone with just a few key, raw ingredients or the desire to visit us at Café Kacao.

Our menu features homemade breakfast from south of Mexico, Guatemala and South America.

We have a strong focus on Guatemalan cuisine because we come from Guatemala. However we have menu items that are inspired by other countries like El Salvador, south of Mexico and Brazil. Our menu is a Latin Cuisine inspired menu.

Remember we feature imported coffee from Guatemala. Come and join us for a great homemade meal like grandma used to make.


Why did we name our restaurant Café Kacao?

About 2 years ago when we were talking about a name for our restaurant we wanted a name that represented and or defined our culture as whole. After several discussions we decided to call it Café Kacao.

“Kacao” comes from the word “Cacao” which is chocolate.

The first people known to have made chocolate were the ancient cultures of Mexico and Central America. These people, including the Maya and Aztec, mixed ground cacao seeds with various seasonings to make a spicy, frothy drink.

The Mayans and Aztecs prized the cacao bean so much that they decided to use it as their form of currency:

1 small rabbit = 30 cacao beans
1 turkey egg = 3 cacao beans
1 large tomato = 1 cacao bean

It wasn’t until later that they realized the flavor that this seed contained and started to drink it. The drink was only reserved for royalty because of its value; royal storehouses had vaults full of this currency.

Guatemala continues to be one of the largest exporters of the “cacao” bean.

We felt that the cacao bean represents the start of the economy of not just of Guatemala but of central and south America as well. The cacao allowed these countries to have one currency to promote trade and growth.

We can’t keep ourselves from adding our own twist so we decided to use the letter “K” to give it a twist.