We offer high quality Mexican coffee, Prehispanic drinks and traditional desserts as well as savory Mexican goods.
Mexican gastronomy is wide and tasty, Revolucion Coffee House mixes traditional ingredients with local ingredients and respects diet restrictions satisfying the need for specific cravings when it comes to Mexican flavors.
It’s a long way from Mexico City to the Revolución Coffee House in Portland, Oregon. But Maria Garcia — business owner, mother, activist, advocate — remembers each and every step along the way.
Maria was born and raised in Mexico City for the first 18 years of her life. Her home was an hour from school. Halfway between the two was her grandmother’s house. The family would gather there after school, and Maria recalls that there was always food. Her grandma, mom, or aunts would buy fresh fruits and vegetables every morning at the local mercado. The kids would be assigned kitchen chores to help out. “My grandma’s house always smelled like food. during the day and coffee at night” Maria said.
Maria arrived in Portland via Palm Springs, California where she lived for 13 years.
While living in Palm Springs, Maria worked in food service and, later, as an Orthopedic massage therapist. Once she relocated to Portland, she worked in the Mexican Consulate, in the Communities Affair department developing strong ties and relationships with her Mexican connationals.
When she became an American citizen, Maria learned the value of dual citizenship. “I am very proud of my roots,” Maria said. “I am very proud of being Mexican. Mexican culture is a very rich, colorful and vibrant culture that shalters me. Dual citizenship broadens opportunities in Mexico and USA”.
That sense of pride inspired Maria to open the Revolución Coffee House. She wanted a creative Mexican cafeteria in the Portland area. “It was hard at first opening the cafe,” Maria said, except for the fact that “the people of Portland like to try new things. They’re curious. Portlanders support small local businessess”.
Not only is Maria bringing Mexican culture to the Portland community, she’s providing a space for people to gather. Diverse broad communities and students meet at the coffee house, Maria said. Mexican rooted students say the cafe reminds them of home.
To Maria, that sentiment alone is worth running the place. She is often invited to college campuses to speak to students about her accomplishments. “It’s very important,” Maria said. “You never know who’s listening and what impact or influence we can create in someone else’s life.”.
Along with her successful coffee house, Maria advocates for Hispanic immigrants and used that advocacy as a platform in her run for the Multnomah County Commission in 2018. Despite not winning the election, Maria said she gained a larger platform and that more people are listening to what she is saying. “We can be effective without holding political office,” Maria said.
Maria plans to continue her activism and advocacy. “What immigrants and their families are experiencing right now is the result of not including immigrants and people of color in the development and growth of this country,” she said. “Very few people in the country have representation.”
Nevertheless, Maria wants all people to be proud of where they come from. “It is important that we continue speaking our language and celebrating our culture,” she said. “We need to be proud of who we are — our accents and our features. We are an asset to our society.” (Credits: The Immigrant Story)