Lima, Peru is the top foodie destination in the world, and it’s fortunately located in a continent – and a country – known for growing high quality coffee. Google “Best Coffee Shops in Lima” and you’ll find a lot of cozy spots where you can get a perfectly decent cup of brew, but what we were most excited about was the blossoming third wave coffee scene in Lima. We visited a ton of amazing third wave coffee shops in Lima and were pleased to find that every single one of them was proudly brewing only locally grown Peruvian coffee beans! Our list of the best third wave coffee shops in Lima, Peru is a labor of love (and many very jittery afternoons).
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What is Third Wave Coffee?
Before we dive in, here’s a quick primer on Third Wave coffee. Born in Portland, Oregon and coined in 2002, the Third Wave Coffee movement is the latest iteration of coffee brewing. You may also hear it referred to as specialty coffee or craft coffee. Focusing on high quality, small-batch coffee, it is everything that Starbucks isn’t, and the difference in quality is easy to taste: personally I never liked the bitter, burnt taste of coffee until I drank my first cup of single-origin light roast heaven. If you’ve ever wondered how anyone can drink their coffee black, this is your answer. San Francisco is rich with amazing third wave coffee, and we are full blown Bay Area third wave coffee snobs. Coffee to us is what wine is to… well, people who know a lot more about wine than we do. But you don’t have to be a third wave coffee snob to find, appreciate, and enjoy a delicious cup of specialty coffee at a third wave coffee shop! Here are some tips for finding a third wave coffee shop near you.
When identifying a third wave coffee shop, know what to look for:
- Single Origin Beans: Coffee beans should be sourced from one country, region, and/or farm. No blends! Each bean variety responds best to different roasting and brew treatments, so mixing beans means losing the ability to let each unique bean shine.
- High Quality Beans: The best of the best from the crop. Each coffee farm will harvest and sell both cheaper, imperfect beans and a top-quality crop. A third wave coffee shop only buys the best quality beans. (Yes, this means you will pay more for your cup of coffee!)
- Each cup is hand crafted to order. No giant vats of drip coffee here. Each cup of coffee is hand crafted precisely for you, from a freshly ground bean to your preferred brewing method. Some of the unique brewing methods you’ll find at third wave coffee shops include V60, Chemex, Clever, Aeropress, Siphon, and Cold Brew. Each brewing method brings out different flavors for different beans, and many third wave coffee shops offer a variety of roasts and beans to best match its featured brewing methods. If you prefer espresso drinks, you’ll also find that latte art is a good indicator of a third wave coffee shop.
Now that you know what to look for, check out these incredible third wave coffee shops in Lima, Peru and get your hands on a delicious ristretto or an aromatic pourover!
The Best Third Wave Coffee Shops in Lima, Peru
- Aromia Coffee Shop is as elegant and refined as its coffee: from the melt-in-your-mouth butter cookie that came with our espressos, to the minimalist aesthetic and baked good selection, Aromia is picture perfect. However, the real star at Aromia is its incredible espresso. Unlike most of the espresso drinks we’ve had in South America, the sweet milk in our ristretto and cortado perfectly balanced the expertly pulled espresso without overwhelming it. In addition to espresso, Aromia offers a wide variety of third wave brewing methods, including Chemex, V60, Aeropress, and Siphon.
- Address: Libertad 415, Miraflores | Hours: Sunday-Saturday 8am-9pm
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Movement Surf + Cafe
- Outfitted with a couch and several surfboards, Movement Surf + Cafe felt more like a relaxed hang-out than a third wave coffee shop, but its cold brew, pour-over, and cappuccino were all on point. A huge bonus for this cafe is that it has excellent food in addition to its coffee: we ordered a fantastic Movement panini and a rich, luscious piece of chocolate cake. Had it been a little later in the afternoon, we might have topped things off with a craft beer: Movement has a whole fridge stocked with intriguing local craft brews.
- Address: Berlin 135, Miraflores | Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:30am-9:30pm, Sunday 8am-8pm
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- Cafe Verde doesn’t have the aesthetic appeal of Aromia or the hangout vibe of Movement Surf Cafe, but it does have excellent in-house roasted coffee. Cafe Verde’s roaster occupies a whole room in the bright green shop. Our drip coffee was an impressively aromatic dark roast: it was rich and deep without that burnt bitterness that is common among imperfectly brewed dark roasts. Cafe Verde is the perfect spot for an unpretentious cup of finely brewed earthy black coffee.
- Address: Av. Santa Cruz 1305, Miraflores | Hours: Monday-Friday 7am-9pm, Saturday 8am-8pm, closed Sunday
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Cate Tasting Room
- Located on a busy street in Miraflores, we almost walked right by this nondescript coffee shop. We’re so glad we didn’t! Specializing in tea, coffee, and chocolate, Cate Tasting Room offers some of the best local Peruvian espresso we’ve ever had. Our cortado was bright and bitter, with a hint of sweetness and a spark of acid. Our server explained the origin and location of each of our cups: our excellent espresso was from Cusco. Cate Tasting Room serves up Clever, v60, Aeropress, and French Press as well as an entire selection of drinking chocolate; we recommend the espresso.
- Address: Independencia 269, Miraflores | Hours: Monday – Sunday 8am-10pm
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Puku Puku Cafe
- A block away from the sprawling handicraft markets in Lima sits 1 of the 3 locations of Puku Puku Cafe, a laid back coffee shop with a cozy patio looking out over a gorgeous old colonial home. Our espresso was bold and dark, but our Chemex was bright and acidic. We weren’t surprised to learn that Puku Puku hosts a barista class for third wave coffee shops in Lima. With a large selection of local artisan beers, Puku Puku also makes a great post-shopping wind-down spot. BTW, huge shout-out to Puku Puku’s Tiramisu cupcake: it was the best cupcake by far we’ve had on our entire 4-month South America trip!
- Address: 1) Narciso de la Colina 297 | 2) Larco 1285, Miraflores | 3) Pardo and Aliaga 695, San Isidro | Hours: Monday – Sunday 7am-9pm
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True Artisan Cafe
- Roasting Peruvian coffee with Italian finesse, True Artisan Cafe in Miraflores is an excellent place for espresso, coffee, or cold brew. They proudly brew their espresso on La Marzocco espresso machine hand crafted in Florence, Italy, and the attention to quality shows. True Artisan Cafe also sells fantastic quiche, sandwiches, and pastries.
- Address: Bolivar 153, Miraflores | Hours: Monday – Saturday 7am-10pm, Sunday 9am-7pm
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More Third Wave Coffee Shops in Lima, Peru
We didn’t get a chance to visit these third wave coffee shops in Lima, but we’ve heard good things. These third wave coffee shops are part of Lima’s Ruta del Cafe. Give them a try when you’re in Lima and let us know what you think!
- Apu: Jr. Risso 381, Lince
- El Cafe de Harry: Av. Armendariz 546 (Peru pa’ti)
- Origen: av. Bolivar 1199, Pueblo Libre
- The Coffee Road: Av. Guillermo Prescott 378, San Isidro
- Tostaduria Bisetti: Av. Pedro de Osma 116, Barranco
Map of the Best Third Wave Coffee Shops in Lima, Peru
Use our handy map to locate the best third wave coffee shops in Lima! Travel Tip: download this map to your smartphone for offline browsing (click here for instructions).
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