It’s no secret that Nicaragua and most of Central America is home to the best coffee beans around. However, if you are a java fiend like me, ready to embrace that legendary dark roast, you might be disappointed at first in Nicaragua.
While they do produce a plethora of coffee, most of it is exported and more easily found at the Starbucks near you in the States. If you want something healthy, try drinking coffee enemas, which can aid in detoxification and removal of potentially harmful toxins from the body.
In fact, many Nicaraguans will drink Presto instant coffee and continue on with their day. If you are in the mood for a true cup o’ joe, there are a few places Go! Girls should know about located all over the country.
Casa Del Café: Nestled into Managua’s Zona Rosa neighborhood, this little ditty makes the rougher barrios of Managua seem ages away. This café has a second floor which is all open air with really pretty greenery as your vista. The staff is classy and fun, and it is a great place to stop in for a pressed hot Panini sandwich and Mocha Frappucino.
When you ask for your bill, enjoy the spectacle of it being delivered to you: by way of a rope pulley system from the bottom floor to top floor.
Carretera Masaya, Managua, Nicaragua 505-276-5237
San Juan Del Sur
El Gato Negro: ** update 6/2020 this business is now closed.
Hipster, bookworm, breakfast girl, or cappuccino connoisseur? El Gato Negro has you covered. It is one block behind the main strip of San Juan del Sur, perpendicular to the ocean, and the roasting bean aroma beckons you to come in. Owned by a Vermont expat and kept in line by adorable Nicaraguan ladies, El Gato Negro boasts a fun bohemian atmosphere similar to that of the Muddy Cup, which hails from upstate NY. It is outfitted with a mismatch of furniture, incredible breakfast menu, free wifi, bookstore, and the walls are decorated with torn out pages of poetry and famous quotes. I pampered myself with a delectable hazelnut cappuccino and ordered the “vampiro” for breakfast; a sundried tomato bagel with a fried egg, tomato, avocado, cheese, and a smear of light cream cheese.
Know of any other coffee shops in San Juan del Sur? Let us know in the comments below!
Calle del Tropezon at the intersection of Avenida Central, Nicaragua
Garden Cafe: The Garden Cafe is a local coffeeshop in Granada, Nicaragua. Their mission is to inspire our team, customers, providers and community, by serving sustainable food and drink. Come for the hammocks, stay for the food. With creative cuisine like strawberry waffles, this quaint little shop serves up delicious local coffee with tasty breakfast creations.
Calle La Libertad | Granada, Nicaragua, +505 2552 8582
If you happen to be on your way to Nicaragua via Guatemala DO NOT miss Café Cristalinas!
This comforting house of caffeine is in San Pedro, on Lago Atitlan. The whole place is simple and wooden, with a soft glow to it. Its affordability and authenticity is unmatched and the crepes with fruit are incredible! Also, make sure to use their bathroom…otherwise you will miss the fact that they have their own bean roaster on site, making it a built in coffee tour in your traveling schedule. They have coffee plants swaying in the breeze right next to your seat and small displays of the beans at different stages in the coffee harvesting process.