By Lynne Robinson
Located on the northeast corner of Taos Plaza, the World Cup Café’s origins are legendary.
It began as Black Diamond Coffee in a cart in Taos Ski Valley, before branching out to a cart on Bent Street. It finally arrived at its hole in the plaza wall.
Loved for its classic café culture along with excellent espresso that has kept customers from near and far coming back time and again; it’s a local institution and a destination spot for visitors, where it’s not uncommon to run into folks you probably wouldn’t cross paths with otherwise.
After a quiet reopening over the past few Saturday mornings, with curbside service, Taos’ beloved café is once more open every day from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
“We are aiming for regular hours beginning June 1,” Andrea Meyer, the café’s proprietor said, but in the meanwhile you can enjoy a great cup of world-class espresso – and buy the beans. Face coverings and social distancing aside, the World Cup Café remains a center of intellectual discourse here in Taos.
Carrying on the tradition established by late owner, Patrick Larkin, the “Cup” serves up one of the best cups of coffee you will find on this side of the Mississippi, while critical thinking is encouraged by the patrons who gather there daily for spirited conversation.
“I miss the World Cup for the vibrant exchange of ideas,” said Loretta Chuzum, a former resident who now lives in California’s wine country and publishes the region’s Collector’s Guide. “It is an extraordinary magnet for the most interesting people – both those who live there, and those just passing through.
“And that is besides the great coffee,” she said.
The baristas and baristos are pros thanks to Larkin’s education in the art of coffee. Try the classic espresso if you are a purist, or the silky smooth café Borgia if you’re in the mood for a real treat. The Cup offers all organic everything from the coffee to the baked goods. The T-shirts aren’t bad either, nor is the Cup’s motto: “Resist mediocrity.”
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