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Santo Domingo: Where to discover the best Dominican Coffee

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

Picture of Casa Barista & Co in La Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo
Picture Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

When it comes to coffee, many think of countries like Brazil, Colombia and Ethiopia. But the Dominican Republic is also a major player in the world of coffee, with its own distinctive flavor profile and rich coffee culture. In this article, we take you on a trip to Santo Domingo, the vibrant capital of the Dominican Republic, where you can discover some great coffee spots and experience the unique taste of Dominican coffee.

Depresso, the feeling you get when you run out of coffee.

The Characteristics of Dominican Coffee

Dominican coffee is known for its mild, yet rich and aromatic flavor. The country's growing climate and fertile soil provide the perfect environment for coffee production. The coffee beans are usually picked by hand, which means that only the ripe berries are selected, resulting in high-quality coffee. The most common coffee varieties grown in the Dominican Republic are Arabica and Robusta.

#1. Casa Barista & Co

Casa Barista is a popular coffee chain in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. They specialize in specialty coffee and strive for high-quality coffee preparation. With an emphasis on direct trade relationships with local coffee producers, they ensure traceable and fresh coffee beans. Casa Barista is known for artisanal coffee preparation performed by well-trained baristas. In addition to coffee, they also offer tasty snacks and a comfortable atmosphere. With multiple locations throughout the city, Casa Barista is an ideal place to enjoy delicious coffee in Santo Domingo.

Our favorite? Their Salted Caramel Latte, it's a winner every single time!

Pictures of Casa Barista & Co in La Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo
Pictures Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

#2. El Buho Cafe

This charming coffee shop located in La Zona Colonial, the historical center of Santo Domingo. This cozy cafe offers a unique and cozy atmosphere, perfect for coffee lovers looking for a relaxing place to enjoy their favorite beverage. El Buho Cafe serves high-quality coffee prepared with care and craftsmanship. They are known for their expert baristas who can prepare different coffee variations, such as espresso, cappuccino and latte. In addition to excellent coffee, El Buho Cafe also offers a selection of delicious pastries and snacks to pamper your taste buds. Whether you want to relax with a good book, work on your laptop or catch up with friends, El Buho Cafe is the ideal place to enjoy a great cup of coffee in Santo Domingo.

A must-try? Their almond cappucino, together with a piece of their homemade tiramisu. It's delicious!

Picture of El Buho Café in La Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo
Picture Credits: Cindy Van Dyck

#3. Cafe Affogato

This stylish cafe offers a contemporary and sophisticated atmosphere, perfect for coffee lovers looking for a unique coffee experience. Known for its creative approach to coffee, Cafe Affogato offers an array of inventive coffee creations, including the eponymous "Affogato" - a shot of espresso poured over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. With talented baristas behind the bar, you can rest assured that each cup of coffee is prepared with care and attention. In addition to coffee, Cafe Affogato also offers delicious pastries and desserts, perfect for satisfying your sweet cravings. Whether you want to experience a coffee adventure or just relax in a trendy environment, Cafe Affogato is the ideal place to enjoy a unique and flavorful coffee experience in Santo Domingo.

When visiting, definitely try their cold coffee options. You will love them!

Picture of Affogato Café in La Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo
Picture Credits: Cindy Van Dyck


If you're visiting Santo Domingo soon, don't forget to embrace the local coffee culture. Be seduced by the enticing aromas, taste the unique flavor of Dominican coffee and share in the pride of the coffee producers that make this country so special. Cheers to an unforgettable coffee experience in the Dominican Republic!

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