Coffee Shops In Medellin, Colombia

The 5 Go-To Coffee Shops In Medellin, Colombia

The ultimate coffee guide to Medellin, Colombia


I am half-way through my FIRST month on the World Race out of eleven months and it has been a WILD RIDE. I blog about ministry, my heart, and where I am at a decent amount, but there is a very important topic that I felt needed to be shared and I need to vulnerable about it. I am addicted to coffee shops worldwide. I seek them out whenever I have free time and I don't care if it is not healthy. I have been to four different types of coffee shops the past two weeks and I KNOW more will come. Here are my favorite 5 coffee shops you must try if you find yourself exploring Medellin, Colombia (I better get credit though if you fall in love with one while visiting).

1. Pergamino

Pergamino Cafe has been known as the "World Racer Hub" because, and I am not lying, we pack that place up. It has a decent amount of room, but when we are in there, we create a scene (always). I like it because it gives you different options of seating like near the cashier, a seating area outside, a separate couch area with plug-ins for workers, an upstairs area, and a tiny bar. One of my favorite things about this place, besides the branding and aesthetic, is the fact the workers do not care that you do not speak the language and really work with you on ordering!! It feels amazing feeling welcomed.

The must try things: Grilled Cheese dipped in their Tomato Soup with a Caramel Latte Frappe.

2. KJ

Art, Shopping, and COFFEE. This was my little secret place this month. A group of four, including me, found it and kept it to ourselves so it did not become the next "hub." First of all, the shop is adorable and every artistic creation was created by local artists like notebooks, photos, stickers, pillows, etc. It made me feel like I was diving into something new and beautiful. They had great coffee and they casually have beer?? This place was quiet and content. It was near what we called the "Trader Joes" of Medellin and a Hampton Inn. It was located in such a beautiful neighborhood near one of the best malls in Colombia.

The must try things: Black Hatsu Tea (basically a black tea with Lemonade) and you MUST buy one of their color hand-painted notebooks.

3. The Bakery

This bakery is connected to the homeless shelter/rehab/church building that I am currently living in to do ministry. They have their men in the rehab program work here for free to gain experience while in the program. Then, since no one is getting a salary, everything here is below a dollar! The World Racers eat here every morning. We get cheesy pastries or churros with a side of cafe con leche (coffee and milk).

I love the purpose behind this place and the fact worship music is playing all day, every day. It is comfortable and friendly.

The must try things: the churro doughnut BY FAR and their 30 cent cafe con leche.

4. Cafe Velvet

This was one of the newer places I tried! I have to say I liked it, but I prefer the places above! The one thing that stood out was the seating with personalized desks. I got to sit on a velvety couch and had my own little pull-up desk. I got a caramel latte and watched The Bachelor! It was great because no one judged me for the five hours I was sitting there getting caught up on life. This is across the street from Pergamino so if Pergamino is packed, this is your next best option without taking an uber.

The must try things: the chocolate pastries!

5. Mitos & Tiki Taka in Guatape, Colombia

First of all, Guatape is the place of my dreams. I felt like Dorothy when she woke up in munchkin land. The colors, the atmosphere, and the fact there were other Americans made it feel like a dream! If you are ever visiting Medellin, hop on a $5 bus to Guatape and stay awhile! Mitos and Tiki Taka were the two coffee shops I tried during my one day visit to Guatape. Tiki-Taka was my "let me quickly run in and grab a latte" place. I was OBSESSED with my caramel latte, except for the fact they did not offer milk substitutions. I am a soy milk drinker, so this was not my fave and I could only pay in pesos!

If you are loaded with those pretty dollar bills and do not have milk allergies, I 10/10 recommend this caramel latte. I spent a few hours at Mitos, a hidden coffee oasis, within the town of Guatape. No one was in there because it was so hidden. I loved the scenery and the fact it was quiet. Plus, I am a sucker for any place that has iced tea.

The must try items: Caramel Latte (because duh) and the Spring Awakening ice tea.

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12 Starbucks Iced Drinks You NEED In Your Life This Summer

Must-try beverages brought to you by your local barista.

Be kind to your baristas, they can make you some pretty great drinks. With the temperature rising and the days getting longer, it's approaching the time to find your summer staple to keep you cool (and caffeinated) over the next few months.

Starbucks offers a wide variety of cold beverages that really hit the spot during the summer months, from espresso drinks to fraps, smoothies, teas and refreshers. As a Starbucks barista, I've had the opportunity to taste most drinks on the menu and receive feedback from customers on the do's and don'ts of cold beverages.

While this is not an exhaustive list, I pulled together some of my favorites to give you, the "Ultimate Starbucks Iced Beverage Bucket List for 2017" that you MUST try this season:

1. Pink Drink

Three words: Basic white girl. If you want a photogenic drink that tastes like a Starburst and makes baristas happy, the Pink Drink is for you. It's a pretty simple beverage... this Strawberry Acai Refresher combined with Coconutmilk is sure to satisfy your hipster needs.

2. Iced White Mocha

This sinfully sweet iced espresso drink is not only one of the most popular beverages on the menu, but sure to wake you up at any time of day. Jazz it up by asking for half white chocolate, half mocha sauce, topped with a mocha drizzle, and you've got yourself an Iced Tuxedo Mocha!

3. Doubleshot on Ice

If nothing else, this quick pick-me-up looks classy while giving you the energy boost you need to get through the day. With two shots of espresso, a bit of milk and classic syrup, this drink is easy to enjoy in little time... it's like a caffeine I.V.!

4. Iced Caramel Machiatto

Surprise, surprise... Caramel Machiattos are actually made with vanilla syrup. Nonetheless, these espresso-topped beverages are absolutely delicious at any time of year, but summer calls for ice! Want to change things up? Ask your barista to make it with half vanilla syrup, half toffee nut syrup to make an Iced Salted Caramel Machiatto!

5. Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher

A sister to the Pink Drink, the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher is a fruit juice-blackberry combo that makes for a pretty chilled beverage to enjoy on the go. The caffeine content is minimal, making it a great option for any time of day.

6. Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew

Cold Brew is basically Starbucks' version of a smoother-tasting iced coffee with more caffeine. The Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew is a standard drink topped with vanilla-flavored heavy cream to create a sweet taste and a marbled appearance in the beverage. Want something with flavor, but not in the mood for vanilla? Try the Toasted Coconut Cold Brew!

7. Mango Black Tea Lemonade

The Mango Black Tea Lemonade is one of the most popular drinks on the menu. Iced Teavana tea mixed with mango syrup and lemonade makes for the perfect combination

8. Iced Chai Tea Latte

Iced Chais - sound so sophisticated, yet so simple to make. If you order this drink, there is a 10/10 chance that your barista will love you for it. Milk mixed with a sweet and spicy chai syrup makes for a classy drink that can be enjoyed at any time of day.

9. Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto

The identifying characteristic that makes a macchiato, well, a macchiato is that the espresso shots are poured on top of the milk and flavoring. Starbucks' Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Machiatto is a combination of cinnamon dolce syrup and almondmilk topped with espresso shots, a caramel drizzle and a cinnamon dolce topping to create a delicious dairy-free option in the macchiato family.

10. Sunset Refresher

This secret menu drink is fairly simple to make with a cool lime base, lemonade, lime slices, and ice topped with black tea. When finished, the drink will have an ombré appearance that makes it totally picture-worthy!

11. Iced Caffè Americano

Calling all espresso lovers: Americanos are a Starbucks signature. The drink itself is pretty simple - espresso and water topped with ice, but if you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can mix things up with a flavored syrup. This drink is sure to wake you right up, no matter the time of day.

12. Strawberry Lemonade

Want something cold but not feeling coffee or a frap? Frozen Strawberry Lemonade is definitely worth a try! While this drink is not on the menu, most baristas are happy to make it upon request. Just ask for a combination of strawberry flavoring, lemonade, and ice blended together for a slushie-like beverage!

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