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Our Story

This summer will mark our 13th year of operation in the greatest city in the world. It is hard to believe that we were able to convert my grandmother's recipes into a business that some into Oklahoma City's favorite Brunch!. If our dishes don't remind you of home then you just haven't ordered enough food yet!

Founder: Veronica Zelada

In the vibrant lands of Guatemala, amidst the lush landscapes and vibrant culture, a girl named Veronica Zelada entered the world in 1962. From a young age, Veronica's life was steeped in the rich tapestry of her cultural heritage, where family, food, and tradition intertwined to form the fabric of her identity.

Growing up in a large family, Veronica learned the value of hard work and determination from her parents, who instilled in her a deep sense of resilience and perseverance. Despite the challenges of their modest upbringing, Veronica's parents ensured that their children never went without love, laughter, or a hearty meal on the table.
As Veronica matured, so too did her passion for cooking. From the bustling kitchens of her childhood home to the vibrant markets of Guatemala City, Veronica soaked in the sights, sounds, and flavors of her surroundings, developing a keen palate and an innate talent for culinary creation.

But life had other plans for Veronica, and in 1982, she made the bold decision to embark on a new chapter in her life. Alongside her husband, Veronica set her sights on the United States, drawn by the promise of new opportunities and the chance to build a better future for their growing family.
Settling in California, Veronica embraced the role of a loving mother, welcoming three children into the world and nurturing them with the same love and care she had experienced in her own upbringing. Yet, amidst the joys of motherhood, Veronica faced her fair share of challenges, including the strains of domestic life and the harsh realities of immigration.

In 1988, Veronica's life took an unexpected turn when complications during her third pregnancy led her back to Guatemala. There, she confronted the ghosts of her past and found the strength to confront the adversity that had shaped her journey thus far.With courage and determination, Veronica made the brave decision to separate from her husband and return to the United States, where she would forge her path anew. Armed with nothing but her culinary skills and an unwavering spirit, Veronica embarked on a journey of self-discovery and reinvention.

From the bustling streets of Los Angeles to the tranquil landscapes of Oklahoma, Veronica's journey led her to unexpected places and new beginnings. Along the way, she honed her craft, drawing inspiration from her cultural roots and infusing each dish with the flavors of her homeland.

In 2006, Veronica's dream became a reality when she opened the doors to Cafe Kacao, a culinary haven that celebrated the vibrant flavors and rich traditions of Latin American cuisine. From its humble beginnings to its status as a beloved culinary destination, Cafe Kacao became a testament to Veronica's dedication and passion.

Today, Veronica's story continues to inspire all who walk through the doors of Cafe Kacao. Her journey serves as a reminder that with determination, perseverance, and a dash of spice, anything is possible. As Veronica herself often says, "Life is a journey, and every meal is an adventure waiting to be savored."

Luidgi Del Cid

Native from Guatemala City, co-founder of Cafe Kacao celebrated for its authentic Latin American cuisine. Since its inception over a decade ago, the cafe has garnered local, national, and international acclaim.

With a passion deeply rooted in his Guatemalan heritage, Luidgi has consistently aimed to introduce and celebrate the rich flavors of Latin America. His work goes beyond the hospitality; he is committed to empowering his community and inspiring other entrepreneurs, particularly those from his native Guatemala, to pursue their dreams with the same blend of passion and perseverance he embodies.

Through Cafe Kacao, Luidgi not only showcases Latin culture but also acts as a cultural ambassador, creating a vibrant, inclusive atmosphere that attracts a diverse clientele.

Luidgi is an active member of several key organizations, including the Latino Business Action Network, the Council of Entrepreneurs, the Hispanic Governors Council, and Guatemaltecos in Oklahoma. His contributions to the community and business leadership have earned him recognition as one of Oklahoma’s top 40 Hispanics for 2024.

Cafe Kacao Through the Years

"13 years of Cafe Kacao, and the journey has been nothing short of amazing! From humble beginnings to becoming a beloved part of the community, we've poured our hearts and souls into every cup of coffee and every dish served. Thank you for being a part of our journey and making Cafe Kacao your go-to spot for coffee, flavors, and memories. Here's to many more years of delicious moments together!"