At the end of the nineteenth century, Dolores Levil Biel, the Mexican daughter of Spanish parents, travelled to Madrid to see the land of her ancestors. Charmed by the city, she decided to settle down there and open a little coffee shop in Calle Preciados, which eventually came to be known as "La Mexicana".
She bought coffee from José Rodríguez, grandfather of the present manager of La Mexicana, who had begun by roasting coffee in the courtyard of his home. They ran the business together for many years until José took over the business, which is now managed by the third generation of his family.
In the 1970s, José's son, Juan Carlos, began to expand the business. It was so successful that long queues of people could often be seen in front of the red shop in Calle Preciados. In 1990 it was recognised by the Guinness book of Records as "the shop that sells the most coffee in the world".
The shop offers a selection of exclusive products, such as Nariño Supremo El Tambo, of which only 250 sacks are produced in the world. Seventeen varieties of coffee from different countries are available and customers can have coffee prepared to their own taste.
Mon - Fri 9:30am – 1:30pm / 5:00pm – 8.00pm. ; Sat 10:00am - 2:00pm
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