When it comes to drinking coffee, there’s no straying from tradition in Guatemala.
“You have a friend or family, you go there at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, knock on the door, and you come inside and drink coffee with bread,” said Erick Perez Sr., owner of the new Cafe Kape Panaderia in downtown Rifle. “That’s all the time. It’s like a tradition.”
For Perez Sr. and his son, Erick Perez Jr. — who came Colorado 20 years ago when they moved to the Aspen/Snowmass area — their tradition of coffee now percolates in a different way.
Instead of a late-afternoon jolt at 4 p.m., the father-son duo rises at 4 a.m. daily. Dough needs to be prepared from scratch before spending the next hour rising in the oven. Once it takes shape, the Perezes spend another hour or so shaping the liquid-forged flour into crispy, flaky pastries.
Sweet or savory, the scent of authentic Guatemalan delights like quesadilla, cuernitos, and azucaradas permeates this Rifle workshop. Go there at 10 a.m. on a Saturday, and you’re lucky to find a crumb on the front racks.
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