Café Pacha is a friendly little coffee house with a South American theme. (Pachamama is a goddess of the Andes.) In addition to beverages and food, it sells Bolivian nick-nacks and decorative items, from art prints for hanging on the wall to small gourds for drinking ceremonial liqueurs. There are woven shawls and leather handbags, sweaters, and Café Pacha souvenir T-shirts.
The coffee is superb, from café con leche to rich-flavored espresso that is delicious by itself or as the basis for any number of fancy coffee drinks, including the best latte ever (hot or cold). Serious coffee hounds have their choice of drip-brewed or French-press coffee, the latter requiring about five extra minutes of cup-by-cup hand labor. The non-coffee beverage list includes smoothies that are a virtual meal unto themselves. To eat with morning brew,our favorite pastry is apple pie – a fragile-crusted wonder with elegantly-sweetened fruit filling. Also, there are squares of sour cream coffee cake, muffins, and sweet bread. For more substantial eats, you can have a warm breakfast taco or wonderful fruit-filled pancakes. At lunch, choices include chipotle mushroom tamales, Greek pasta salad, quinoa/tofu salad, a quiche of the day, and vegetable-topped pizza slices.
A lovely place to sit, read the paper, and converse, Café Pacha has a couple of short counters with stools and several tables with beautifully painted tops, on which these extraordinary drinks and food look especially pretty.