“The best coffee in Pana and the family the most friendly.” – Huguette, Quebec
“Great place. Great people. Great connection from the first moment.” – Gabriela
“No need for Starbucks” – Paul, Texas
“Such an elegant bean.” – Ian, Oregon
“Nice guys. Great coffee. Delicious cakes.” – Andy & Ruth, Germany
“Lo mejor y delicioso siempre.” – Montserrat, Panajachel
“Der welt beste kaffee. Danke.” – Silke, Germany
“Coffee heaven.” – Brad, Washington
“Ooh, we are so happy to find you.” – Carole, Washington
“An unexpected but delightful find.” – Aidan, Ireland
“Der espresso ist super. Danke.” – Rosmitha, Switzerland
“Veramente buono.” – Antonio, Italy
“It’s not so easy to find a coffee taste like Italy here. This is the place.” – Verdelli, Italy
“Bien cache mais chaumante petite decouverte. Excellent rooibos!” – Julie, Quebec
“A distinct pleasure.” – Susan, New Jersey
“Great atmosphere and even better eats and drinks.” – Crisse, New Zealand
“Great coffee, knowledgeable people. Positive vibes. Look forward to repeat visit.” – Salvatore, Quebec
“Who would expect to drink the best coffee in Pana…” – Uthan, California
“No es solo el mejor mocha y pie…es la calidad de Mike y el carino que le agrega a todo lo que prepara sus cafe. Gracias.” – Beverly, El Salvador
“Cafe como un arte.” – Dennis, Guatemala
“Interesting conversation re coffee economics! Delicious coffee, fantastic cake and great looking drinks.” – Kate
“Every cup is like a plane ticket somewhere else.” – Andrew
“Not only great coffee but free entertainment from the Panajachel expat community!!” – Nadia, Australia
“Beware the caffeine buzz.” – Linda, Colorado
“Follow the scent to coffee heaven.” – Steve, British Columbia
“Happy to find this hive of industry, science, and contentement.” – Marie-Therese, Australia
“‘n Lekke koppie boeretroos in die middel van Guatemala! Wie sou kon dink!” – Jac en Rina, South Africa
“Aside from your fantastic coffee, you’ve gotten me thinking about following my dreams!” – Kate Kennedy, Ontario
“We felt like we’d come home – but knew it wasn’t, because the coffee is so much better!” – Lynsey & Nick, England
“You rock my 2 years as a PeaceCorps Volunteer” – Ginger
“A pleasure to renew old addictions in lovely new context.” – Robert
+ Leckerer kuchen
+ Toller service
= Mike’s Crossroads Cafe”
– Anne & Hans-Joachim, Germany
“It’s great to know there really is a pleace where people know your name.” – Daniela, Arizona
“A wonderful warm sanctuary full of natural high. And I ain’t even talking about the GREAT coffee.” – David, California
“Complimenti! Great coffee, the best since we left Italy!” – Cristina & Michele, Italy
“Even though we didn’t have much money, we got so much!” – Galit, Libia & Iraq
“Crossroads is one of my anchors whenever I’m in Pana, and it would not be worth my while to come to Pana if you all weren’t here.” – Tim, North Carolina
“Coffee to knock our socks off!” – Jennifer, England
“Thanks for proving that something beyond the neighborhood roaster exists; and darn you raising the level. (My tastebuds will never be the same.) Educating my palette!” – Alice, New Zealand
“Y’all are sweet folks and the coffee was awesome. Gonna go swim across the lake! Bzzzz.” – Erica, Louisiana
“Solvan! Superb service and dangeous cake!” – Karolin, Sweden
“When I cut myself, I bleed Panajachel coffee.” – Lori, New Mexico
“Gracisa por escoger Guatemala para servir el mejor cafe…” – Luis, Guatemala
“I like to look at you never stop moving.” – Michiko, Japan
“We were touched by how welcome we were made to feel, so accepted.” – Melisa & Dan, California
“Cada vez que venimos hay una sorpresa: es admirable la energia que tienen y que proyectan.” – Sindy & Pedro, Guatemala
“I learned to drink coffee here.” – Thomas, Switzerland
“Mike, the coffee prophet, thanx 4 the cup & the 101 lesson in the art of coffee prep. Perk onwards, brother!” – Tim, Australia
“Hea kohv, suureparane tiramisu.” – Mall, Estonia
“Eindelijk weer een lekker bakkie koffie!…En het hier nog gezellig ook!” – Rob, Netherlands
Well we have reached our last pound, as I watched the grinder toss and grind away our very last bean, tears began to roll down my face. I began to think about that small, yet remarkably invigorating coffee house, Crossroad Cafe. We have reached our own crossroads and wondering if I should send in a squad of Marines to retrieve our 50 lbs of coffee bean. Of course the thought of a political controversy that rises with sending in the Marines, quickly negates the scheme conceived in my mind. So instead I will trade you one of my children for 50 lbs of coffee. He will work, free of a charge for one year and you wont have to feed him much, just throw him crumbs from the table. If this does not interest you,I can send 10 Mexicans and 4 cows, 1 goat and I will throw in a local Mayan.
Well I guess since that might not work for you either, PLEASE KIDNAP A SUITCASE FROM A TOURIST AND SEND US SOME COFFEE PPLLLEEEAASSSEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. We are desperate and the thought of American coffee touching our palate is absolutely nauseating. So if you love us and do not want to see your friends and faithful customers suffer through this tragic loss, SEND THE COFFEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
Alex & Evette
Everyone has a favorite place to go for coffee in the morning or afternoon. I consider this to be my favorite place in all of Central America (perhaps the world) for a coffee stop in the morning or late afternoon. Other places may make a better coffee or may have more types of sweets, but this place has it all including a barista who makes every customer feel like a long lost friend.
Many customers who are vacationing in Panajachel will be seen at Cross Roads Cafe every day. It is as if we need our cup of Guatemalan coffee, cinnamon role and interaction with others in order to make the day complete.
I like to compare Mike (the owner) and Cross Roads Cafe with the famous Rick of the classic movie Casablanca. In the movie Rick knew everything that was going on in the city and his bar was where all the ex-pats and travelers passed. At Mike’s Cross Roads Cafe anything of import is discussed as well as humorous banter about world locations, people and life. If it happens in Panajachel it happens at Mikes. And, just like the movie Casablanca, every ex-pat, tourist and traveler will make their way into and out of the tiny, packed coffee house where Mike makes the brew and tosses out friendly jibes and smiles.
If you are lucky and the place isn’t too crowded Mike will take you into his secret room where you can see where he roasts the coffee. There is something special about getting a tour of the private room. It is like being inducted into a fraternity or a social network where you can proudly claim, “I’ve BEAN to the back room.”
Hint: Buy a few pounds of coffee to take home with you and you will get your cup of coffee for free. Yep, Mike will give you your cup of coffee for free when you buy a pound to take home with you.
Suggestion: Ask Mike what he suggests for a quality blend based on your style and preference of drinking and he will put the beans together for you.
You will arrive at Mike’s Cross Roads Cafe as a traveler and leave a friend. My guess is that you will feel compelled to return the next day for one more coffee and sweet treat.
Here’s looking at you kid. (TripAdvisor Visited June 2011)