I slink into Acentos early in the morning and am greeted by a fresh plate of croissants and chocolate pastries, an exotic hardwood bookcase filled with wines, a wire basket full of fresh eggs, and mi amigo, Cacca Wacca.
"Hola, Laura," he rings cheerily. "How are you?"
"I need coffee," I answer like Frankenstein.
"No really," I answer, "and a croissant with crema de cacahuete."--better known as peanut butter.
I nestle into one of the rattan chairs in the shade, pull out my ipad and log into the free wifi. Orange oriels flit in the enormous tree above me. I wait for my cappuccino.
Mexico grows coffee, but not many Mexicans drink coffee--at least not the ones I know. Problema? Not many coffee shops for me.
This is why I love Acentos. Yes, I can stop by for lunch and savor a baguette with Serrano ham and aged blue cheese from their deli. Or I can sip a Chardonnay while nibbling ruby red tomatoes and fresh mozzarella in the evening. But mornings wouldn't be the same without my coffee, croissant, and my private stash of crema de cacahuete (yes, they keep it on hand just for me)
And Cacca Wacca (That isn't his real name, It's a peanut butter inspired nickname) smiles and serves it just the way I like it. Ah, morning in Mexico and cappuccino for me.
To get there, enter Puerto Aventuras main gate. Take your 4th left. Park anywhere. Acentos will be on your right.
Open by 7am. Closed Mondays. Takes pesos, US $$ and credit cards.