Coffee in Peru has its history… but in the last few decades, it has mainly focused on exportation. Many locals throughout the country prefer to drink the Nescafe powder instead of good coffee in the French press for instance.
When I came for the first time in 2009, it was really difficult to have a good cup of Joe. One thing that was weird to me was this coffee extract they mix with hot water.
However, in the last two years, especially in Lima, there has been an explosion of small coffee shops and barista schools.
So here it is, when you come to Lima, these are the coffee shops I have found that are low key, have a nice vibe, but can also make a really good cup of coffee.
El pan de la chola
I have loved this place ever since it had only a few tables. Now, although the space has considerably grown, I know I can always get a cappuccino exactly the way I love it.
Green Coffee/Cafe Verde
Green Coffee also does its own roasting. The small space always smells delicious, and they provide coffee for other shops, like El pan de la chola.
Arabica offers a really nice ambiance, and delicious coffee. I always ask for a double macciatto here.
Right near Parque Kennedy, in the heart of Miraflores, this small cafe allows you to sit outside and watch all the people walking by. Although it is not the most quiet place, it is perfect to meet with friends and their coffee is delicious!
Puku Puku has two coffee shops and one is right near the Marriott and Larcomar in Miraflores. It is very tiny, but they promote organic coffee from the Andes and the Amazon.