The coffee thread - 'cause not all coffees are created equal

  • I've hardly ever met someone who claimed they don't like coffee. But although Buenos Aires has plenty of cafés, most are just brown water with a sour taste that will make your stomach acid and swear to never have a coffee there again.


    This is the COFFEE THREAD.


    DUCA - Caffè e apericena, Thames 1759 (Palermo Soho) All days 9AM to 10PM - https://www.instagram.com/duca.caffe/ & https://www.ducacaffe.com.ar/

    Clearly an Italian or Italian-Argentinian place, very good coffee with lots of love and passion. Different taste of coffee according to the barista on shift, I was explained, as each barista has their preference on the length of an espresso (20 vs 25 seconds) and the amount of pressure or coffee they use for each shot. They have some food and alcohol options like croissant, pound cakes by the slice, scrambled eggs on toast, bruschetta, spritz etc. There is a small terrace upstair. It's a place thought for a quick stop as the seating are limited and not very comfortable. But it's worth a visit if you are looking for a quick stop.



    CAFÉ CON CUENTOS, Las Heras 1773 (Recoleta) Lunes a viernes de 8hr a 20hr Sábados 17hr a 20hr - https://www.instagram.com/cafeconcuentos/

    A Venezuelan specialty coffee that uses a Brazilian-Venezuelan blend. Very gentle and fulfilling on the tastebuds. They also partner with a maître chocolatiere and sell precious chocolates for any taste, from beer to lime cheesecake, maracuyá and dark chocolate. The chocolates are expensive, but worth their price. Coffee has normal prices and it is definitely your best choice in the area. Cheapest breakfast combo, a cappuccino with medialunas, was just 110 pesos.

    They also have live music and reading events and food options to have an informal lunch/dinner. Keep an eye on their Instagram to know more about their offer.



    LATTENTE , Thames 1891 (Palermo Soho) https://www.facebook.com/lattentecafe & https://www.instagram.com/cafelattente/

    One of the first specialty coffee place in Palermo, very small with limited seating inside and outside. There are a few blend offers, including brewed coffee and vegetal milk. The coffee can be quite strong and bitter.

    They have a variety of cakes and baked goods to accompany your coffee, and salads for lunch. I never tried the food, so I cannot comment, but their instagram is a feast for the eyes... and the stomach!


  • Impressive conversation starter on coffee, serafina . Although I’m that rare bird that doesn’t like coffee, I’m aware that this also renders me unable to make decent coffee.


    I’ll be following your thread.

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    Changed the title of the thread from “The coffee thread - 'cause not all coffees are create equals” to “The coffee thread - 'cause not all coffees are created equal”.
  • Although I'm a big coffee drinker I can't say I'm an expert on the subject. Must admit I find most cafe coffee here okay it's the supermarket/shop bought stuff that's usually bloody awful..... Cafe Martinez/Bonafide are especially poor quality for the price they charge.


    When in Buenos Aires I always stock up on Segafredo ground coffee in Disco....reasonable coffee at a realistic price. I have a Saeco Espresso machine at home which I use however for quickness and to save cleaning up I also use instant coffee a lot. Nescafe and Dias own branded mostly.

  • Although I'm a big coffee drinker I can't say I'm an expert on the subject. Must admit I find most cafe coffee here okay it's the supermarket/shop bought stuff that's usually bloody awful..... Cafe Martinez/Bonafide are especially poor quality for the price they charge.


    When in Buenos Aires I always stock up on Segafredo ground coffee in Disco....reasonable coffee at a realistic price. I have a Saeco Espresso machine at home which I use however for quickness and to save cleaning up I also use instant coffee a lot. Nescafe and Dias own branded mostly.

    I just bought my first Segafredo ever but it'll be a while before I get to drink it. I still have a lot of Cabrales to go.

    It was 182 pesos at Disco, from Brazil.

  • I just bought my first Segafredo ever but it'll be a while before I get to drink it. I still have a lot of Cabrales to go.

    It was 182 pesos at Disco, from Brazil.

    Segafredo was definitely better than Cabrales, but a long way from a good coffee, imho.


    New find: JUANI, Gorriti 4399 FB: https://www.facebook.com/juanicafeba


    Nice coffee place, Californian chic hipster atmosphere, some outdoor seating. GREAT quality coffee. It's par with Café con Cuentos.

    Some sweets options and brunch.


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  • We've been drinking the Nescafe Dolca Suave coffee for years, because it's in powder form and you can whip it up to go all frothy. The trouble is that it's beginning to taste less like real coffee every day and more like ersatz.

    So, this morning I girded my loins at 0800, walked over to Coto and found Nescafe Gold (Gold Blend) which tastes and smells like real coffee and is actually made in the UK, to my surprise. It's expensive, but I expect we'll use less because it's much stronger.

    Proper coffee for a change!

  • Yes I've seen Nescafe Gold in the super but the price was a total rip off compared to what it costs in the UK.

    Haven't been to the Dia that sells the Colombian instant which I like so been using 5 Hispanos ground coffee in the Saeco espresso machine. Decent coffee at a realistic price. :thumbup:

  • I paid 510 pesos delivery included from bonafide , 250 grs regular roasted ground for my electric coffee maker and......... i feel so ripped off lol i'm guessing torrado will be from now on at 120 for 250 grs. If i have to choose horrible coffee expensive or horrible coffee cheap.....i will cheaply suffer in silence

  • the bonafide have gone down a lot in quality.....earlier was much better, (few years back).

    The best price/quality is the beans from DISCO.....they are like 1000 per kilo and really great for Expresso machines....

    (Think it's called 5 hermanos or something like that).