Both coffee and breakfast can be a hit and miss, often a big miss, in Central America. The included breakfast at your hotel may be small or just plain awful. You look for breakfast at nearby restaurants, but the prices are what you’d expect for dinner, not a serving of eggs. To make matters worse, the coffee at some restaurants, and most likely at your hotel, is instant.
Why would a Guatemalan restaurant or hotel serve you instant coffee when the country is famous for its coffee?
Coffee makers make good money exporting their coffee around the world. This makes coffee quite expensive as they have to compete with buyers from around the world. The solution is to give you instant or very weak coffee.
You’ll notice quickly that the premium coffee shops in central Antigua are selling their iced mochas and Americanos for the same price as you’d pay at Starbucks back home. Combine this with your lackluster breakfast, or expensive breakfast if you eat out, and you’re in quite a predicament.
I walked around Antigua for a while looking for a breakfast place that didn’t break the bank or serve me a bowl of beans and rice. That’s when I found Fernado’s.
There are no large street signs in Antigua per local ordinance to maintain the historic colonial ambience. Businesses must paint the name of the business on the wall, as seen in the photo above.
The main selling point of Fernando’s is the coffee. It’s all local, expertly roasted, delicious, and best of all it’s affordable. Yes, it may be more expensive than you thought you’d pay in Central America, but it’s still far less than other cafes in central Antigua.
You place your order at the front and take a seat in the back. The front staff all speak perfect English and you’ll have no problem communicating your order, no matter how specialized.
You’ll notice the breakfast price is extremely low for Antigua and represents a good value.
Two eggs prepared your way, a piece of toast, artisan salami, local cheese, and a small serving of tropical fruit. No, it’s not fancy. It’s practical, tastes good, and it doesn’t break the bank.
Overall, the coffee is definitely the highlight and worth the trip to this cafe that’s slightly out of the central area. The food is decent, but don’t expect miracles given the affordable price.
Overall, Fernando’s is a good find for the price and I recommend it for breakfast a good cup of coffee.
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