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Pergamino Cafe: The best coffee shop in Medellin

Pergamino Cafe – You’re about to discover the best coffee shop in Medellin

PERGAMINO CAFE, MEDELLIN COLOMBIA – Are you a coffee fan and  you’re visiting or living in Medellin?  Well look no further for a good place to grab a warm cup of Jo!

Two Brothers, Pedro and Camilo Echavarria have taken their already thriving family business to a whole new level by opening what could soon be the hottest café in Poblado – or at least around the popular Parque Lleras area.


Pergamino Cafe Greeting

Although Pergamino Cafe only opened about 4 weeks ago, coffee is nothing new to the Echavarria family, who has been growing their own coffee since early in the 20th century. About a year ago they took their coffee brand ‘Santa Barbara Estate’ international by exporting their coffee directly to small roasters and boutique coffee shops across the United States. Pedro, one of the enterprising brothers, claims that seeing the shops in the States gave them the idea of starting a little boutique shop of their own here in Medellin.


The most recommended by the cafe

Café Pergamino is already giving other coffee shops in the area a run for their money. In the past two weeks alone there has been a mass exodus of expat patrons from the popular Juan Valdez cafe (Colombia’s Starbucks equivalent) around the corner. Trust me, I should know – I’m one of them!

Coffee Beans at Pergamino Cafe Medellin


Perhaps it’s been a long time coming and coffee addicts finally have an alternative hangout spot with a more inviting ambiance and different tasting coffee. Or, maybe it’s their selection of fresh pastries, tasteful music, funky coffee mugs, and reliable Wi-Fi that’s drawing the large crowds.

Although Pergamino is in fact a little city in Argentina, the café gets its name from a different pergamino. Pedro explains that pergamino actually translates to ‘parchment’ in English. The parchment is a very thin layer that covers the green coffee bean and protects its freshness and quality during storage before the roasting process. Not to mention as he said quite happily – “It also just sounds nice”.


Owner Pedro chats with a customer

 “Many places here in Medellin try too hard to be American, European or whatever else but they tend to over do it.  This place has its own style. We want it to have a timeless feel – not overly trendy. We want it to stand the test of time. Hopefully it will still be here in about 20 years’ time and you will still feel the same vibe that it has today.” ~ Pedro


The Medellin Nightlife Crew Getting Work Done

I couldn’t agree more with Pedro. The décor is simple and elegant and creates a very inviting atmosphere that makes customers want to stay for an hour or two. There is ample space and the mood lighting is near perfect for reading or getting some work done from your laptop. Pergamino seats about 40 people comfortably and 18 of these spots are outside, making it a true sidewalk café.

Ladies drinking coffee at Pergamino in Medellin


So what makes Pergamino Cafe so different?

We have well-trained baristas that can tell you where your coffee is from, how it was processed, how it was roasted, and why it tastes the way it does  – that’s something that’s really hard to come across here in Colombia, which is sort of sad since we are a coffee growing country.” – Pedro says with a slight snicker.

Not only are the baristas well trained but they also speak English, which makes it much easier for Gringos to walk in, place an order and get what they actually asked for.

Special treat at Pergamino Cafe in Medellin

Pergamino offer coffees from around the world. On the menu is a coffee from Ethiopia, two from local farms in Antioquia (Loma Verde and La Palma), and another from the southern state of Cauca near Popayan. Next month they plan on offering another bean from Rwanda, Africa. Since there is no kitchen to bake their own pastries on premises, they order their baked treats from three of the top bakeries in Medellin. Pedro says that they would prefer to run out than to serve stale pastry. A generous slice of chocolate cake will run you 4800 COP ($2.4oUSD).

You can also find light meals like a simple turkey breast sandwich, a BLT or tasty salads made from fresh local produce. The average price of a sandwich or salad is about 12,000 COP ($6 USD).

To learn more about how their coffee is made, visit Santa Barbara Estate online.

Visit them for a cup of coffee in person at: Cra 37 (8a – 37), Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

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  1. Sounds really interesting. Having been a daily visitor to the Juan Valdez just round the corner in Parque Lleras I’ll definitely try Pergamino next time I’m in Medellin.

    • You definitely should. Today I tried the frappe and let me tell you – it was awesome!!

  2. For the first time, we’re having the opportunity to taste a real premium coffee in Colombia. That’s the kind of coffee we should be enjoying daily. Congratulations!

    • Very true.

  3. My friend Saul Roll, who know the owner, introduced me to your Lomaverde label. The coffee is superbly subtle in flavor! I’d love a chance to purchase more of it. Unfortunately I’m in Boston, MA and couldn’t find any purchasing options online for your brand. Please advise and let me know if I can order directly from your shop.

    Thank you and good luck with your business!


    • Hola – I am not affiliated with Pergamino Cafe, I just wrote a post about the shop since I really love the coffee and the ambiance there. I will definitely pass the message on to Pedro, the owner of Pergamino and have him contact you directly. Either way I am happy to know that you like the brand. Thanks – Joel

  4. As a tour operator, I love to end my city tours in Pergamino. It’s a perfect way to make our international visitors remember us for something we are so proud of as coffee. It’s the most non-Spanish speaking -friendly place I can think of in Medellín plus you get to enjoy the smoothest coffee in the world.

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