Malaga is a historical jewel on the Costa del Sol. A Roman amphitheatre and a Moorish fortress provide the backdrop to more modern pleasures, including contemporary galleries, a revitalised port area, and the art district of Soho. The birthplace of Picasso also has gastronomy, parks, nature reserves, beaches… and third wave coffee.
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The inside of Cocóra Coffee, café and roastery. Credit: Cocóra Coffee
Why These Four?
Choosing the best coffee shops in any city is impossible, but I can list my personal favourites. These spots have been selected for the quality of their coffee and their unique ambience. There is something for every coffee-lover on this list.
1. Santa Canela
This specialty coffee roaster is in the artsy and central Soho neighbourhood. Take a seat in the cozy space and watch as they roast the beans they sell. Photographs and illustrations from artists all over the world add to the warm atmosphere.
Alternatively, sip a drink on the large street terrace, where you can sample the homemade products while people-watching in this vibrant area.
Santa Canela from the street. Credit: Santa Canela
|Where||Calle de Tomas de Heredia 5, Barrio de las Artes, 29001|
|Espresso Machine||La Cimbali M100 3Gr|
|Coffee Offerings||Espresso-based drinks and filter coffees, all roasted in-house|
|Must-Try Drink||Orange coffee (coffee, orange zest, milk foam, and cinnamon)|
|Retail Offerings||Seasonal origins|
|Food & Other Drinks||Teas, smoothies, fresh juices, crepes, homemade cakes, and sandwiches|
|Nearby Sights||Soho neighbourhood, Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, galleries, shops, and restaurants|
2. Bertani Café
Opened in 2012, this tiny place was the first specialty coffee shop in the city. Bertani serves up whole-bean coffee from nine different plantations or origins, and you can also buy bags to take home with you. It also offers barista tools, courses, and tastings.
The cozy interior of Bertani Café. Credit: Bertani Café
|Where||Calle San Juan, 40, 29005|
|Espresso Machine||Dalla Corte EVO2|
|Coffee Offerings||Finca San José in Honduras, Finca Montecristo in Brazil, and a decaf (Swiss Water process) Mexican coffee roasted by Café de Finca|
|Must-Try Drink||The Honduras San José as a flat white|
|Retail Offerings||Roasted coffee from various origins and barista tools|
|Food & Other Drinks||Baked goods and sandwiches|
|Nearby Sights||The historical centre; San Juan Church; Atarazanas food market; and the famous shopping street, Calle Larios|
3. Mia Coffee Shop
Just five minutes from Bertani, this small coffee shop has outdoor seating, good coffee, and a cosy atmosphere with homemade decorative features. The family-run business is in a small square opposite the decorative Iglesia de los Mártires and is a great spot to take a break from the busy city centre.
The tiny but charming Mia Coffee Shop. Credit: Mia Coffee Shop
|Where||Plaza de los Mártires Ciriaco y Paula, 4, 29008|
|Espresso Machine||Wega Pegaso|
|Coffee Offerings||Coffees from around the world|
|Must-Try Drink||House blend|
|Food & Other Drinks||Homemade baked goods with vegan and gluten-free options|
|Nearby Sights||The Iglesia de los Mártires and Carmen Thyssen Malaga Museum|
4. Cocóra Coffee Roasters
Outside of the city of Malaga, in the resort town of Estepona, this a great option for a change of pace. Take a break in a charming city that features whitewashed buildings and a promenade lined with palm trees. In a central square full of orange trees, Cocóra Coffee Roasters is the ideal place to rest, relax, and contemplate life over a coffee.
Enjoy a drink among orange trees on the terrace. Credit: Cocóra Coffee Roasters
|Where||Calle Lozano, 10, 29680 Estepona|
|Espresso Machine||Sanremo Verona RS|
|Grinder||Mahlkönig EK43 and Compak E8|
|Coffee Offerings||Filter and espresso-based options, all roasted in-house|
|Must-Try Drink||Espresso or V60|
|Retail Offerings||In-house filter and espresso roasts|
|Food & Other Drinks||Croissants, organic cacao, raw vegan snacks, and chai|
|Nearby Sights||Barrio de la vila, marina, St Louis castle, and the clock tower of the Church of Los Remedios|
Malaga may only have a handful of speciality coffee shops at the moment, but they each bring something unique to the scene. Take a trip to southern Spain and between the beach, the sangria, and the tapas, make sure to visit at least one of these local spots.
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Written by David Muñoz of D·Origen Coffee Roasters.
All views within this opinion piece belong to the guest writer, who is a local of southern Spain, and do not reflect Perfect Daily Grind’s stance.
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