Central and South America

La Cholita Cafe, Cusco, Peru

28 August 2010

A small, cute coffee bar serving Cusco’s best coffee (probably).

La Cholita Cafe, Cusco, Peru

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.

La Cholita Cafe, Cusco, Peru La Cholita Cafe, Cusco, Peru

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.

La Cholita Cafe, Cusco, Peru

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.)

La Cholita Cafe, Cusco, Peru La Cholita Cafe, Cusco, Peru

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

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  • Claz 29 September 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Great empanadas here too…

  • Karen 1 October 2010 at 1:11 pm

    My hausband ( peruvian) and I love your coffee. We were in cusco this past June and we bought your coffee and brought it back to the U.S. But now we have no more coffee and can’t buy it here. It’s so sad.

  • walter esquieros grajeda 9 October 2010 at 7:53 pm

    hey muy rico el cafe de la cholita en especial su espresso es muy bueno,y tambien probe el cafe latte con decoracion y todo,me despido y sigan haciendo el cafe muy rico

  • julian 23 November 2010 at 10:57 pm

    I brought back a packet of the regular (maroon colored) ground coffee and it produced one of the most beautiful dark coffees. I drink my coffee with a little bit of spices and cream–the result using la cholita was like drinking a wonderful coffee flavored hot chocolate–incredibly smooth.

  • Jamie Brahan 26 January 2011 at 5:22 pm

    In my oppinion, La Cholita is Peru’s best coffee. This coffee will soon be available for export. If anyone is interested in having exclusive rights for their country, please contact us through our website.

  • Raj 20 August 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Can’t find it On el sol

  • Dmitriy 4 October 2013 at 9:13 am

    Fue en el Cusco hace un año. Belleza!!!
    Trajo un montón de recuerdos.
    El café es delicioso, bebo hasta ahora, lastima que ya termina.
    Puede enviar a Rusia? Café La Cholita molido y en grano?

  • Linda Hudson 25 November 2013 at 12:18 am

    Do you sell your La Cholita coffee and ship to the United States? I visited your shop last year and loved this coffee. I want to buy the whole beans not the grounded one. Thanks!

  • Steph A. 3 April 2014 at 1:52 pm

    These Coffee shops in Cusco city aren’t much to look at on the outside, but are worth taking the step inside! Coffee well done. The arrow on this map is not correct. I am not 100% sure that the Avenida Sol location is still there, but you can find another La Cholita Cafe just up the Zetas street from Plaza Limacpampa grande.

  • Aleta 5 March 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Your map is wrong. Avenida del Sol is not the same as Passaje del Sol (shown on the map). Av del Sol is a long, main street. Btw, Cafe La Cholita has a new location on calle Abrracitos 470, near Qorikancha.