Profile: Elixir Spot Vegan Cafe, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
It’s always a pleasant surprise to find locally-brewed kombucha when you are traveling. Spending a couple of weeks in Mexico, I discovered the Elixir Spot Vegan Cafe tucked away in a quiet courtyard near the Los Muertos pier at the end of Francisca Rodriguez in the Zona Romantica in Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s Pacific coast. The cafe offers a full vegan menu, with breakfast and lunch smoothies, bowls, juices, and more.
They also brew their own kombucha.
Monica, her husband Omar, and daughter Georgette run the place. Monica added kombucha to the menu two years ago, and now sells four flavors (Cucumber, Fruit, Ginger & Mint, and Hibiscus) for 65 pesos (US$3) a bottle. The kombucha is brewed right there in the cafe, and Monica says hello to each SCOBY in the morning, saying a prayer, blessing the ferment, and offering customers a drink that heals and sustains them.
They sell the product in the cafe to a rotating group of tourists and loyal local customers, many bringing bottles back to refill.
Monica freely shares extra SCOBYs with anyone interested in brewing their kombucha at home.
Listen to Monica share her passion for kombucha in this podcast.
The Elixir Spot Vegan cafe is located at Francisca Rodríguez 142, Zona Romántica, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. Open 9:30 am – 5:30 pm Mon – Sat.