Top 3 Places to Drink Coffee in Lima, Peru
By: Zach Diamond
Although Peru is a major producer of coffee beans, within the country, coffee has largely been viewed as a commodity rather an artisanal product. In recent years, this mindset has begun to change as the Third Wave coffee movement has swept into Lima. Third Wave or craft coffee focuses on using high-quality, single-origin beans, scrutinizing the entire process from growing to roasting to brewing. This movement largely combats the corporatization of coffee lead by Starbucks that exploits coffee-producing regions and uses low-quality blends. With the abundance of top-notch coffee in Peru, Lima has some of the best coffee I have ever tried. Beans sourced from across the Cusco highlands into Amazonia achieve an insane amount of complexity and aromaticity. The three places listed below offer coffee as espresso, pour over (V60 or Chemex), and French press. While I found that the V60 was my preference, I recommend experimenting to see what suits you.
Neira Café Lab
Finding this place for me was like hitting the jackpot. Playing a deep cut from Pavement’s Slanted and Enchanted when I first walked in, Neira Café Lab is laidback, welcoming, and clean. Their coffee is second to none. Its founder, Harry Neira is an activist in the Third Wave coffee movement and provides transparency to his process. He meticulously sources Peruvian beans and roasts them in the back of the shop for everyone to see. Here, the V60 is served with a chilled cup, enhancing the aromaticity of the brew. If you’re a coffee lover in Lima, visiting Neira Cafe Lab is an absolute necessity.
Neira Café Lab +
Address: Calle Enrique Palacios 1074, Miraflores 15074, Peru
Phone: +51 969 636 234
Finca La Campiña
No-frills and somewhat divey, Finca La Campiña is a cozy spot to get some work done or stop in for breakfast. Family-owned since 1954, Finca traces their coffee from harvest to brew and, like Neira, roasts their beans in the back of the shop for the public to see. In addition to the aforementioned brewing methods, Finca also offers Siphon vacuum coffee for an ultra-filtered cup of brew.
Finca La Campiña +
Address: Av. Francisco Bolognesi 721, Barranco 15063, Peru
Phone: +51 1 2567572
Right off the main square in Barranco, Bisetti is a little more touristy and upscale than Finca and Neira, but still serves amazing coffee. At their in-house coffee lab, you can watch their tasters and baristas experiment with different blends and techniques. Some of these blends experiment with whole fruit coffee, leaving the berry around the bean to maximize fruitiness. Bisetti also serves smoothies, food, and Pisco.
Tostaduria Bisetti +
Address: Pedro de Osma 116, Barranco 15063, Peru
Phone: +51 1 7139565