From the tree to the cup, the bean's presence in everyday life...everywhere around the world...is omnipotent.
And if it's raining in Antigua, Guatemala, you have a limited budget, and you are going stir crazy in you hostel, what better way to spend the afternoon but in a super moderno cafe on Parque Central.
Cafe Barista is a hip chain of high-end coffee shops in Guatemala. Not necessarily because their prices are extraordinarily high, but because the quality of their service is unwavering and the caliber of their beans stand alone. Oh, and the interior decor is quite modern/post-modern.
Yes, it is true that one cup of coffee costs 3-4 Quetzales (about 40 cents) more than other places, but nowhere else has a French press for two, which gives you more and better coffee than any other cafe in town. And because it's large and shared, the price is actually as cheap as the cheapest. Oh, how I love the French press!
So yes, what do you do when it's raining in Antigua and you are on a budget? Head to the coffee shop to sip on some delicious Guatemalan beans and have good conversation...until which you hit a point that all the caffeine rushing through your veins MAKE you walk joyously through the streets in the crooked rain.