30 Jun '15, 4pm
Origen Tostadores: Go Here For Great Coffee In Lima, Peru by @McIntyreWrites
Across the street from a truly unnerving wart removal shop (complete with lurid illustrated signs) and surrounded by the honking rush of Lima’s legendary traffic, Origen Tostadores de Café maintains an air of curious repose. Against its whitewashed walls, a coffee tree growing in the small front yard glows rich green. Wendy, one of the baristas, sweeps dust from the sidewalk into the street in soft pale puffs. In a city where ten million people—one third of Peru’s population—live stacked atop each other and share clothes-drying lines on apartment building roofs, there is a calm here that invites the traveler to sit, order an espresso, and then order yet another while the world lurches by outside. Inside, Star Wars memorabilia betrays the cafe’s equal fascination with coffee and Darth Vader—“What? I was born in the ’80s!” shrugs co-owner Gino Kanashiro Asato.