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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Ay Chintete!

A Taco Joint in Oaxaca, Mexico

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

 In all of our world travels, we enjoy walking around finding out what the locals do.

Where do they shop? Where do they eat? What do their homes look like?

In our many visits to Oaxaca City, Mexico, we find that Oaxaca continues to unveil herself to us. We love all the surprising mysteries that we discover, including this little cafe called Ay Chintete!

Not only did it serve this very unusual style of coffee (known in Vietnam as weasel coffee) but it had the very best costillo tacos that we have ever tasted!  

Ay Chinete! Cafe and taco place, Oaxaca, Mexico

The front entrance to Ay Chintete!





The little raccoon-like creature at the top right of the entrance is a civet or a type of wild nocturnal mammal mostly found in Asia and Africa. What makes them valuable to mankind, is that one of the main things civets like to eat are ripe coffee bean cherries.

Since they digest the berry but not the bean, when the animal relieves itself, there are these coveted coffee beans ready for roasting. The digestive juices change the structure of the proteins of the bean which removes some of the acidity. So the coffee it produces is a milder and smoother flavor.

A cup of kopi luwak, as it’s known, can sell for as much as $80 in the United States.


Ay! Chinete! chalk board menu, Oaxaca, Mexico

Chalk board menu

We entered this little place for the tacos advertised outside on their chalk board menu. It wasn't until we sat down that we understood that they offered this specialty coffee as well.

Coffee menu at Ay Chinete!, Oaxaca, Mexico

Beverage menu

This was the beverage menu up on the wall, offering all sorts of different drinks from cappuccinos, lattes, tisanas, sodas and smoothies.

Unfortunately... both the blender and the coffee grinder were on the fritz when we visited, so we simply had agua frescas with our tacos.

And none of the special civet coffee.

But the owner gave us a small bag to take home and make a few cups on our own!

the view looking outside from one of the two tables, Ay Chinete! Cafe, Oaxaca, Mexico

The view looking outside from one of the two tables

When we say tiny, we mean tiny!

This little place had 2 tables, seating a total of 8 people, maybe a dozen if everyone squeezed in together, elbow-to-elbow.

This is the view we enjoyed inside the cafe looking outward.

Costillo tacos at Ay Chinete! Cafe, Oaxaca, Mexico

Costillo tacos

Costillo means rib, so these are pork rib tacos.

Tender, juicy and flavorful, they instantly became our favorite.

Simply dressed with chopped red onions, cilantro, fresh lime and a variety of salsas.

Friendly owner of Ay Chinete! Cafe in Oaxaca, Mexico

The owner of Ay Chintete!





This friendly man is the owner of Ay Chintete! On an earlier visit, his young son was working with him and delivered our food.

We certainly recommend the tacos here, and hopefully when you visit his coffee machine and blender will both be fixed!

Would we return?


Ay Chintete!

Calle 5 Mayo #110

Colonia Centro 68000

Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, Mexico

Tele: 951 516 6240

Open daily 8am to 10pm Closed Sunday

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on

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