In our other blog post In Search of Good Coffee in Chile we did, in the end, find some alright coffee. We wouldn’t say it is better than the coffee experienced in Australia but it definitely is the best we found and deserved a mention. As we move around the countries in South America we will try and source some good coffee, holding on to hope that Columbia will come through.
After 5 hours on a bus, 2.5 hours in a taxi to cross the boarder from Arica to Tacna and then approx. 19 hours on bus from Tacna to Lima (somewhat fearing for my life with the crazy driving) we made it to Peru and to our hostel for the next few nights. When we are being shown around the hostel the lady asks if we have any questions, yes, is there any good coffee in Miraflores? She responded with ‘yes at the hostel’. So the hostel provides organic Cusco coffee in the percolator, although it is okay we want to try find some decent coffee and a bit of decent soya milk wouldn’t hurt.
Edit: After spending a week in Miraflores and noticing that all the soya milk is sugary or has a weird flavour I finally worked out why. All the soya milk, even the super expensive soya milk, has added vanilla! WHY?! HMPH!
Let the hunt begin!
Dedalo Arte y Cafe
Location: Diagonal 378, Miraflores 15074, Peru
We found this little gem by accident. We had come back from a failed attempt at a different cafe and just happened to stumble across this cafe. We attempted Spanish but the worker spoke English so that helped. We ordered two Cortados (Spanish type Piccolos) one with soya and one with lactose free milk. Firstly, there is something weird about all the soya milk in South America. It is either super sugary or has a weird taste that I cannot work out and this soya milk wasn’t much different. I think there is a perception that soya milk is bad and adding excessive sugar may help. It doesn’t, it makes it worse. Nonetheless, the coffee here is good and worth a visit. Next time I really should just get a Macchiato or Espresso to avoid the milk situation but I still hold hope…
Score: 4 out of 5
Location: Pedro de Osma 116, Barranco 15063, Peru
We read about this place through another blog post and thought we would give it a try. Upon entering you will see an array of coffee equipment and comfortable decor. We ordered two Cortados both with lactose free milk. Unfortunately, they were a bit bigger then a Cortado and more like a Latte. The menu said an Espresso shot with a shot of milk. It was more like an Espresso with various shots of milk. I really am struggling with the taste of cows milk, either I haven’t had it in ages and I forgot the taste or in South America it is super strong. Nonetheless, the coffee was good, very drinkable and reminds us a bit of Melbourne coffee.
Score: 4 out of 5
Location: Avenida Pedro de Osma 409 Barranco
This Cafe is apart of the museum of Mario Testino, a famous photographer. We decided to do the gallery tour and see the photographs and have the coffee at the end. The gallery has some beautiful photographs of celebrities and was worth the look. Can’t help but admire those photography skills. The waiter at the cafe was lovely but the coffee at the cafe was just okay. It was drinkable, a bit weak but we have had worse coffee in Chile. They didn’t have any soya or lactose free milk so ordered a Macchiato and stressed that I wanted it like a real Macchiato and very very little milk, as sometimes Macchaitos transform in to Piccolos in South America and David had a Cortado. The coffee tasted better in the Macchiato then the Cortado, the flavour was lost in the milk.
Score: 3.5 out of 5
Location: Calle Gral Recavarren 269, Miraflores
We visited Cafe Arabica twice as the first time we were disappointed as we ordered Macchiatos and they came out as Cortados. I didn’t drink mine as I am really hating on the flavour of cows milk. I didn’t want that to be our only experience so we returned a different day and ordered two Espressos. They came out as Espressos which is a bonus, sometimes you never know what you will get. The coffee was a bit acidic. They give you a glass of water and it is much needed to refresh the palate of your mouth after the Espresso. David said the coffee is better with milk and thus the Cortado ranked over the Espresso.
Score: 4 out of 5
Location: Calle Bellavista 370, Miraflores
This cafe, in our opinion, has the best coffee in we have tasted in Miraflores and Barranco. We ordered two Espressos and the Espresso had hints of chocolate and a bit acidic at first but a nice smooth finish. If they had decent soya milk I would love to turn it in to a Piccolo to test it. Before we leave Miraflores we will try and return to experience it again.
Score: 4.5 out of 5
Location: Calle Manuel Bonilla 126, Miraflores
This was a recommended place for good coffee but we were let down. We ordered an Espresso and Cortado. My Espresso was a bit to watery and although it was smooth I feel it was a bit like instant coffee. David’s Cortado was a let down as the coffee flavour was lost in the milk, even though there wasn’t much milk. We did order two vegetarian sandwiches and they were delicious although could reduce the salt.
Score: 2.5 out of 5
Over and out.