By: Anaís Cabán, Thomas Cardona and Lilliam Z. Morales
Victoria’s Sweet Coffee Bar at 9:00 a.m., located in Aguadilla Plaza, with the daily customers Maria Arce and Johana Rivera. It is a place created to enjoy the atmosphere of a French-style coffee with a varied menu of coffee and crepes. The owner Mercedes Moreno made this coffee place with the goal of a place where people can go and share with each other.
Victoria’s Sweet Coffee Bar at 2:30 p.m., located in Aguadilla Plaza, with Manuel Rodriguez enjoying his food. Each day Mercedes make her best to give the customers the best experience and wanting to return. “I visit this Coffee Shop because of the atmosphere help me to relax while I enjoy a hot coffee and a sweet crepe.”
Friend’s Café at 1:30 p.m., located in Mayagüez Plaza. The manager Wilmer Ramirez make his best effort to keep the best service that distinguish their coffee shop. Friend’s Café now with a new establishment in La Parguera in Lajas.
Friend’s Café at 4:00 p.m., located in Mayagüez Plaza, with a lot of their daily costumers. This coffee is very popular in Mayagüez and the coffee makers are more like artist of coffee’s confection. This coffee shop is a family business and it’s owners are fans of Draco.
El Gran Café at 9:00 a.m., located in Aguadilla nearby Aguadilla’s Court, at this hour the student of Unitec university. It is located in a corner right in front the street and have a varied menu. Jamilca Lopez, a daily customer visit this place because of the breakfast.
El Gran Café at 1:00 p.m., located in Aguadilla nearby Aguadilla’s Court, in a rainy day, the customers avoid the exterior tables. The hours of rush is the lunch time, is when everyone come here to taste the different lunches prepared here. The staff make their best to make the customers enjoy a great time.
Cafeteria Valencia at 12:30 p.m., located in Mayagüez, nearby the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus, two students having a free time during this hour. The atmosphere during this hour doesn’t have too much customers, but it change during the night. At day is more a coffee shop but at night is mostly a bar.
Cafeteria Valencia at 4:30 p.m., located in Mayagüez, nearby the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus, two students having a free time during this hour. This Coffee is a bar too, and had made so far two karaoke night . You can go to enjoy a hot coffee or even a cold beer, it doesn’t matter, just to have a good time.
Juan Nieves, 24, has been working in the café for four years and has kept business flowing smoothly. “I specially love all the rockers that come over to drink coffee and mingle.” Students go at every time of the day just to sit back, listen to music and relax.”
La Cueva de Tarzan, in the afternoon, you can mostly see students and professors, eating and some drinking coffee. “In the afternoon business is a little slow since most of the students leave to their apartments, that’s why we make special events like karaoke night, stand up comedy, and many more.” They hope to keep doing these events and keep the place always on top of its game.
Since it’s the only café that has delivery, he manages to bring in enough money to pay his bills, buy more produce and still make a small profit. “Delivery is the only thing that has kept my doors open for all these years and as long as it keeps bringing in something, I will keep doing it until I die.”
Juan Mendoza, 70, enjoying his “last days” open due to economic problems and struggles bringing in clients. He has been in the business for over 40 years and from the increasing of rent, light and water bills, its getting harder for him to make a decent profit. “Business is really slow in the morning, specially because the establishment is far from the central town area. If business keeps like its going, he will be closing doors by the next month.
Lilly Garcia, 62, she is known for her home cooking, and quality of work. She has been in the business for over 40 years. This café has been the first and only one she has own, and plans to keep it open until health doesn’t let her anymore. “I love what I do, but everything keeps going up and it gets harder and harder to keep the money flowing, but that’s not going to stop me.” “I have worked too hard to give up now, especially since I love what I do.”
Lilly specially loves to put her own spin on foods, and that’s something customers love about her. “Usually for noon I have the college students from EDP University,workers and doctors from the area, they love my spin on “chicken and waffles”, which is something that they love, because is something that is not seen commonly in Puerto Rico.” She has managed to stay open and strong in the business thanks for her passion for cooking.
Madeline Vargas, 57, on a busy Thursday morning serving breakfast to the businessmen, workers and students of the area. They’ve been I business for over 30 years, and still going strong since it’s the last cafeteria in the town area. “We usually open at 4:30am, to prep up and receive the truckers that stop by to eat our famous “cuajito” before they head out to work.
Madeline Vargas, usually has almost the same people that come in the afternoon to eat lunch at Delicias Café. Since it’s the only cafeteria in the central town area, workers rush to get a delicious lunch for a good price. “We hope on keeping the business open and flowing, so we can pass it to our future generations.”
Cafe arte after opening on a recent Wednesday morning, located in Mayagüez Town Center’s second floor. It is well regonized by their chai latte and delicious nutella frappes. They open at 9:00 a.m and close at 5 p.m.
Cafe arte’s famous cheescakes and chocolate cake cups. Althought they have a viriaty of desserts they put on shelf the ones that most sell.
” Our purpouse here is to provide the customer with choices, with a coffee that makes them feel like home”
Karina Nieves, 25, preparing a cup of coffee on a recent Monday evenening for a customer. Huella Colegial’s location is in Plaza Colon, Monday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to10:00 p.m. and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.. The cafeteria’s main target is the students of UPRM, but it welcomes anyone who is interested in experiencing the “colegial” atmosphere.
Elba Rivera,70, enjoying a cup of coffee with a book, waiting for the rain and time to pass in order to enjoy of la “Huella Dorada”. In May 4, 2012 professor Norma Ortiz founder of the organization and place Huella Colegial organization opened a space to be devoted to the elderly community of the town. The project is called “Huella Dorada”. This takes place every Friday in Huella Colegial, from 10:00 am to noon.