WORLD TRIP 2010
A small, cute coffee bar serving Cusco’s best coffee (probably).
As a fan of nice coffee, travelling through South America frequently left me shivering and depressed (note: this is an exaggeration for dramatic effect). Considering the array of wonderful beans that are exported from the continent all over the world, it’s a pity.
So I was chuffed to stumble upon La Cholita, a brand new coffee bar in Cusco. It’s a tiny place with just a couple of chairs.
It’s kind of quirky, situated as it is in front of a money exchange (handy for the baristas if they need change).
The coffee is pretty decent – my latte was the best I had in Peru. It is extracted from a Rancilio machine and the beans come from the nearby Quillabamba (“key-ya-bamba”) region.
It opened in 2010. It’s the first coffee shop from the La Cholita coffee roaster company – they wanted somewhere to show off their fine coffee. There are bags and bags of La Cholita beans for sale.
The baristas are very friendly and, though new, it’s already popular. Particularly it seems with schoolchildren who line up for small sweet desert things after class.
A fine stop for a brew in ancient and beautiful (though touristy) Cusco.
(I believe, by the way, that “cholita” is a friendly term for a native lady in typical dress; but don’t quote me on that.)
Note: as well as La Cholita coffee roasters, there is a La Cholita chocolate-makers, also in Cusco. I’m not sure if they are one and the same. If you know, please let me know.
350 Avenida del Sol