One of my favorite coffee experiences took place at a tiny, hole in the wall (quite literally) coffee shop in the neighborhood of Miraflores in Peru. This shop was on the side of the road and holds 9 people. It was small and simple with coffee decorations from around the world. The owner operates the shop and works as a barista every day. He had one espresso machine and took his time making my latte. After speaking with him I could tell he takes pride in his business and feels that coffee is a form of art. The owner also explained that he has so many customers that it is hard for him to keep up, which is why he does not open until 9 AM, after people are at work already. He also sells out of his beans very quickly. While I was sipping on my latte, a woman asked to buy some coffee beans and he explained that he had sold out already for the week. Apparently he sells out every week! It was great seeing first-hand the successes of such a tiny and simple spot in a large city.
I also really enjoyed my latte. The espresso had a different flavor; it wasn’t necessarily bold but its taste was still present. The best part of this latte was the aftertaste which was creamy and smooth. Sitting there I felt at ease, knowing my drink was made out of true passion.