Young owners, Julian Gutiérrez and Nikol Cobo, are buzzing—and it's got nothing to do with their round-the-clock caffeine rush. Rather it's their unbounded passion for the independent coffee process and the nation's new found enthusiasm for speciality coffees over flat tintos.
Address: Centro, Calle de Arzobispado 34-52, Cartagena, Colombia
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Their enthusiasm is infectious and finely tuned, thanks to travels through Colombia's coffee region and a spell at Bogota's top barista academy, Arte y Pasión.
Cafe Epoca is the physical fruits of their labour (well, that of the eight families they are currently supporting, more on that later).
Clap eyes on the old school industrial fittings fused with antique furniture and you really do feel like you’ve plunged yourself into another time zone. Which would explain the name Cafe Epoca, meaning era.
Their original 1950s La Pavoni coffee machine, which positively glows at the centre of their marble bar, is one of only 151 in the world. They toast coffee on site, filling the space with a natural Parfum de Café aura you wish you could bottle up and pack in your suitcase.
There's an even better alternative. If you've got 45 minutes to spare, ask them to toast your very own batch. It will ferment inside your suitcase so you can make the perfect cup of joe when you’re back in your local time zone.
You can't rush good coffee, especially when you've got the smooth Nicolas Moya, the in-house barista, carefully crafting top-tier speciality coffees right in front of you.
He explains each step of the process as if you were picking and roasting the beans yourself, and just so happens to have been shortlisted as one of the best baristas in the world, so you’d better take notes. Trust us, your pimped up filter coffee at home will thank you for it.
It's an enriching experience and one which reinforces the wonderful depths of this national treasure, which only recently has stopped exporting the best coffee to international destinations and started savouring the tasty goods for themselves.
In Epoca's case, the brand directly collaborates with 8 small farms, creating an authentic fair trade community you only wish bigger coffee chains would adhere to.
The owners international lifestyles bode well with their national pride. They know that for many of us coffee and brunch are the ultimate buddies for the weekend, and thanks to them the brunch bagel crumbs have drifted over from NYC to CTG.
This is one of the only authentic brunch menus we’ve seen in a while, with scrumptious staples like avo' on toast and enough egg options to break into that annoying 'how do you like your eggs in the morning?’ song.
True wizards at the hangover cure, they also offer delicious homemade sub sandwiches and gourmet burgers (try the tuna tartare one) that do a grumbling stomach wonders.
Open from 10:00-22:00, 7 days a week, you can come here for breakfast and coffee or hit the cocktail groove that goes into full swing after 18:00.
Looks like Cafe Epoca is going to define our days for a long time to come.
Cartagena's nerve centre serves up breathtaking colonial architecture, the city's top attractions, finest hotels, eateries and drinking dens as well as being the administrative and cultural heart of the city.
Centro has lost none of its importance thanks to the universal lure of its colonial pomp and the concentration of government buildings, hotels, tourist attractions, bars and restaurants in the area.
Cartagena's finest hotels and restaurants have taken over the uber-casas built by slave traders and Spanish plunderers in the 17th century.
The richest residents knocked up stunning two and three-storey mansions by the westernmost tip of the walled city, where they bagged the sea breeze and first whiff of pirates. Today only those at the very top of Colombia's rich list can afford to maintain these opulent houses in their original residential state.
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