There’s an interesting phenomenon in Argentina. You have your age-old coffee culture, your beautiful ornate cafés all over Buenos Aires, the daily Argentinean ritual of morning and afternoon (or evening) coffee. And then you have your ‘coffee’.

The espresso here is, dare I say it, terrible, and many extranjeros will agree with me on this. It doesn’t matter what your order – cafe con leche (flat white), espresso, cappuccino, it will be scaldingly hot, weak as piss and watery to boot. So you’ll be sitting in a cafe, be it dingy or grandly ornate, and you’ll decide it’s time to give up on coffee altogether. And there’s plenty of time to make that decision, as the time between a mozo setting down your coffee and it being cool enough to take a sip averages 10 minutes.

I was here 2 years ago so I knew all this before I came back, but memory is a tricky thing and I fooled myself that somehow, somewhere I would find a decent espresso. I’m sure there’s one out there, somewhere. But I’m yet to discover it.

If anyone has any coffee (not café) recommendations for either Montevideo or Buenos Aires, sock it to me.

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8 Responses to Coffee in Buenos Aires – Srsly, WTF??

  1. Gaby says:

    Stick to yerba mate for breakfast and wine for the rest of the day.

  2. Wish I had some good new for you but sadly I don’t. How disheartening! I really feel your disappointment and can only hope you find somethinig semi-decent. Good luck!

  3. Manu says:

    Sorry to hear coffee in Argentina is no good!!!
    On the other hand… how cool is it you are there!!! It’s always been a dream of mine to visit Argentina!!! I’ll have to ask for advise whenever I finally get to go! ;-)

    Have fun and enjoy some good wine at least! <3

  4. Oh no! What a shame that it has disappointing coffee. I hope you find somewhere good!

  5. That’s quite a surprise. I would have thought with the Italian influence, they would have great coffee!
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  6. Carolina says:

    I’m argentinian, and had been in USA, Italy, Colombia, Cuba, Brasil, etc; I named those because they produce or have a coffee culture, or have the worst coffee ever.
    I don’t like Brasilian and Cuban coffee, too strong and… don’t really know, but I don’t like that taste.
    I really like Italian and Colombian coffee!!!
    The argentinian coffee I like too, of course there are some places where it is not good, but that happens everywhere, even in Colombia.
    And the worst coffe I ever had was in USA, oh my god, tasted like dirty water, the only exception is Stbks or similar, and it’s not the best either.
    If you are australian I can’t say how coffee is there, but let me tell you I don’t think argentinian coffee is bad.

    Hope you have enjoyed your stay here!!!

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