The Best Coffee in Medellin: 2021

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Hija Mia Coffee

It may grow the best coffee in the world, but Colombia has historically shipped the pick of its beans to roasters in Italy, Holland and Germany, and Japan leaving its own inhabitants to make do with their beloved sugary tinto, a twitch-inducing affront to the tastebuds of any well travelled coffee connoisseur. 

The arrival of demanding third-wave caffiends from overseas has, thankfully, elevated the quality (and price!) of the best cappuccinos and cold brews being served in Medellin. Forget the big boys – Starbucks and Juan Valdez – there are some fantastic independent coffee places popping up throughout the city, all of them doing their bit with micro batches that ensure that Medellin matches the fair trade coffee culture that coffee lovers have become accustomed to when putting in long shifts in Melbourne, Turin or San Francisco. 

Pergamino

The Echavarria family upped the ante for the rest of Medellin’s coffee joints when they hit a caffeine sweet spot with the original Pergamino on Via Primavera (Cra 37, above Parque Lleras), a world-beating coffee comfort zone in trendy Provenza. Designed to trap tourists and digital nomads for the day, the first store opened in 2013 with a winning formula of high-speed internet, savvy branding, stylish interiors and an airy terrace by architects, Base Taller, and cappuccinos and americanos that are a cut above, of course. Its instant success made the terrace a hotspot for the city’s coffee craving expats and startup crowd.

Pergamino’s superior blends are sourced from the family’s organic Santa Barbara Coffee Estate founded by Don Pedro Echavarria on five farms to the south of the city in 1980. It was his son Pedro Jr that had the idea of introducing the best beans in Antioquia to the Medellin’s most talented baristas. The magical mix has proved extremely popular with new additions popping up across the city at a pretty clip. Three more Pergamino’s opened in Poblado during the pandemic, including a two-storey oasis for digital nomads on Calle 10b, an expansive outlet in Oviedo Shopping Center and another more spacious venue  further up the hill in San Lucas. There’s also an outpost in Jose Maria Cordova airport which is useful for last minute gifts on the way home.  

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri: 08:00-20:00

Sat: 09:00-14:00

Sun: 10:00-14:00

Contact & Address:

https://co.pergamino.co/

IG @pergaminocafe

Pergamino Via Primavera

Cra 37 No.8a-37, El Poblado, Medellin

Pergamino Calle 10b

Calle 10b, No.36.32,  El Poblado, Medellin

Pergamino San Lucas

Calle 16a Sur, No.30-68,  El Poblado, Medellin 

 

Rituales Cafe

Serving arguably the best cup of coffee in Medellin, Rituales Cafe, is an inspirational caffeine-fuelled project operating out of a two-floor coffee shop in Laureles. Established to support 40 families in La Sierra, one of the most troubled areas on the edge of the city, Rituales, Rituales has been roasting its award-winning Paraiso brew in situ, since 2017. 

It recently shifted roasting of its socially conscious brews to a new venue, La Fabrica on the other side of the river in Perpetuo Socorro, where head barista, Cristian Raigosa offers tours for those interested in seeing up close the entire process. Definitely a ritual worth celebrating, coffee connoisseurs looking to enjoy the journey from farm to cup, Rituales is an immersive experience as much as a place to get your morning coffee hit. Plus you’re a short walk from our Laureles famous Factory Lofts Building.

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri: 08:00-20:00

Contact & Address:

IG: @rituales.cafe

Cq. 74A #39b-22, Barrio Laureles, Medellín

 

Café Velvet Medellin

Chocoholics looking for super smooth caffeine pitstop, will love this Belgian intervention also found on Via Primavera and founded by coffee fanatic Ilse Geyskens. Cafe Velvet Medellin occupies the ground floor of Medellin’s first experiment with co-working making it a popular meeting place for some of the city’s most creative types. Set up for digital nomads and brainstorming in style, this elegant, pet-friendly venue sources its own coffee from some of the best farms in Nariño, Antioquia and Huila. As well as its superior organic coffee, it stocks other healthy antioxidants like vegan granola and bars of belgian chocolate, the result of a scintillating combination of Colombian cacao and centuries of practise converting it into beautiful blocks of happiness. If the sticky chocolate cake and a macchiato doesn’t kick your brain into gear then we don’t know what will.  

Opening hours:

Mon-Thurs: 08:30-19:30

Fri & Sat: 08:30-21:30

Sun: 08:30-19:30

Contact & Address:

Via Primavera. Cra 37, No. 8A 46, El Poblado, Medellin 

Web: https://www.cafevelvet.co/e

IG: @cafevelvetcoffee

 

Hija Mia Coffee Roasters

Kiwi, Shaun Murdoch, introduced New Zealand’s coffee roasting talents to Medellin’s coffee scene when he opened this meticulous coffee roaster in Manila before the neighbourhood was hip in 2015. With more coffee roasters per capita than any country in the world, New Zealand certainly knows how to brew the perfect cup of Joe and Shaun prides himself on kidnapping the best beans before they leave the country to make his world class flat whites. Roasted on site, Hija Mia’s Rebelde blend, uses beans of the highly sought after Caturra and Bourbon varieties from farms in Santa Maria in the department of Huila. As well as Medellin’s best flat white, Hija Mia serves up avocado toasts with homemade hummus. He also runs barista classes for amateurs that want to take their coffee-making skills to the next level. Get there early as his faithful following fills the place most days. If the original is full, there’s a new 40-seat venue nearby in the ground floor of the Nomad Hostel. 

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri: 07:00-20:30

Sat-Sun: 08:00-15:30

Contact & Address:

web: https://www.hijamiacoffee.com/

IG: @hijamiacoffee

Calle 11A #43B-9, Barrio Manila, Medellin

 

Café Revolución

They roast, bag and brew their own coffee in this laid-back Laureles landmark, built for slow-coaches that want to stretch out their caffeine rush. A bulwark of Medellin’s coffee scene since 2014,  Café Revolución now has two branches in Laureles serving coffee and tasty treats that attracts a blend of  locals and tourists that’s as uplifting as an espresso from  one of their freshly roasted bag of beans. Slip out back into the coffee shop’s open-air patio or grab a seat on the street for a little extra stimulation. The specialty coffee roaster’s Ocaso, Raices and Café Revolución blends are all grown in neighbouring Caldas, Huila and Antioquia and sourced from small, eco-friendly and organic coffee plantations.  

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri: 07:30-19:00

Sat: 08:00-19:00

Sun: 09:00-18:00

Contact & Address:

Web: caferevolucion.co

IG: @caferevolucion

Carrera 73, Cq 4 #6, Barrio Laureles, Medellin

Calle 37 #79-32, Barrio Laureles, Medellin

 

Urbania

You get coffee with a conscience when you charge up at one of Urbania’s three venues in Poblado and Envigado. Urbania’s founder, Ricardo Restrepo, is passionate about his caffeine fuelled mission to bring peace to Colombia through brewing great coffee. Urbania overpays for its high-quality coffee beans seeking to support environmental and social causes including the substitution of coca crops with coffee farming in nearby Antioquia and important contributions to the conservation of habitats for endangered Colombian jaguars and bears by doing so. Roasted and bagged every day at the company’s expansive Urbania 14 HQ high up in the hills of El Poblado, it tastes good knowing that your caffeine kick is leaving a healthy impact in the Colombian countryside. The Calle 8 venue is more conveniently located for meetings, while the Urbania 14 location has a great patio area to get away from the crowds. 

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri: 08:00-19:00 (Urbania 14 y Calle 8)

Sat-Sun: 09:30-17:00 (Calle 8 only)

Contact & Address:

Web: https://urbaniacafe.com/

IG: @urbaniacafe

Tel: +57 (314) 769 3978

Urbania 14

Calle 14, #30-100, Sector Lalinde, El Poblado, Medellin

Urbania Calle 8

Dirección: Calle 8 # 43b-132, Astorga, El Poblado, Medellin

 

Al Alma 

This soulful coffee roasting expert has locations throughout Medellin and some cozy, colonial retreats in Santa Fe de Antioquia and Cartagena. Translating as ‘straight to the soul’, Al Alma is a tasty venue with a heartfelt following amongst locals that enjoy their cappuccino with a slice of cake. Our favourite venue is the upstairs version in Laureles with an elevated view of the leafy neighbourhood and the addictive whiff of superior beans from farms in Huila being roasted in situ. A slice of red velvet or chocolate cake with one of Al Alma’s brews is as uplifting as a gospel choir. As well as its Laureles flagship, Al Alma has other locations in the principal malls, Viva Envigado, Oviedo and El Tesoro in El Poblado and a mini-market in Patio Bonito that is great for picking up freshly baked sourdough loafs and your favourite cakes to go.

Opening hours:

Varies depending on the location, see Google.

Contact & Address:

Web: Al Alma Coffee Roasters

IG: @caferevolucion

Al Alma Laureles

Avenida Jardín 74B #39-143, Barrio Laureles, Medellín

Opening hours:

Mon-Fri: 07:00-18:30

Sat-Sun: 07:30-14:30

Al Alma Provenza

Calle 8 #35-37 El Poblado, Medellin

Opening hours:

Mon-Sun: 07:30-14:30

 

Enjoy! From the Casacol Team.

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