Cafe de las Sonrisas or Cafe of Smiles is located in Granada, Nicaragua.
Seated in the café, we were greeted by the smiling waitstaff, who brought us ice cold water and menus. Amidst the tranquility of the quiet courtyard lined with hammocks
we noticed not a single word was spoken (except by ourselves).
Not a single word will be spoken by our waiters- because they are deaf.
In fact, the cafe is run entirely by those who cannot hear. It is actually the first coffee shop in the Americas to be run by deaf people.
You might think it difficult not being able to speak to your waiter but the walls are lined with simple signs to help you communicate
as well as being able to point to helpful photo illustrations on the menu.
We had the privilege of really understanding the world our waiters live in.
Cafe de las Sonrisas is the brainchild of Tio Antonio as he is known. He spoke with us about the journey his cafe and hammock factory has gone through. He is truly a remarkable man, who has made such a difference in the lives of so many.
The girls had so much fun learning how they make the hammocks.They proved to be the best made hammocks that even the Pope has a hammock from Cafe de las Sonrisas
that when we went into the room of hammocks, we felt privileged to be able to take one home to our families.
And of course we had to have a picture of all the girls on the biggest hammock in the world.
We had such a great time, and felt blessed to hear the story behind the amazing cafe. Muchas Gracias Tío Antonio for sharing your cafe with us, and to Joe for translating and introducing us to this beautiful place.