In Portugal, life revolves around coffee. Here, you never have to walk very far before you come to a pastelaria or coffee shop. The pastelaria is the heart of Portugal, and you will find at least one in every neighbourhood. Often, there will be two or three, and they will almost always have customers.
Sidenote: Apparently BICA stands for Beba Isto Com Açucar (drink this with sugar) because when it first came to Portugal it was considered extremely bitter. You can drink your coffee without sugar, but most people add a sachet.
This is a decaffeinated coffee or espresso, but you can add the word descafeinado to any of the coffees to make it a decaf. Want to get more particular about your coffee Ask for your coffee in a chávena quente (hot cup).
Le Petit Prince's antique wooden tables and stools are piled high with books, including several copies of the café's namesake novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, as well as papers and pencils for you to sketch some thoughts while waiting for your latte. This cafe is one of the better spots in town for latte art, but it also appeals to coffee snobs searching for high-quality, locally roasted beans. There's also a mean matcha latte.
Tucked away in a serene corner of Lisbon's beautiful Jardim da Estrela, this cafe is the perfect place to sit outside on a beautiful day while watching ducks waddling around the pond and locals scurrying about their daily lives. The coffee menu is as straightforward and traditional as they come, but drinks are executed perfectly. Grab a chair, order an espresso, and get ready for some of the best people-watching in town. And with a setting this beautiful, what else would you need
When freelance graphic designer Ricardo Galésio tired of working alone at home, he decided to open a café where Lisboetas could come, enjoy a coffee, and pass time with a laptop or a book. The result Hello, Kristof, a Nordic-inspired space with plenty of tables for work and an international magazine selection that would take the better part of a week to flip through. The espresso menu here is straightforward, which allows the high-quality, single-origin beans (from Ethiopia, Costa Rica, and elsewhere) to shine.
The Mill, an Australian-Portuguese café, is Lisbon's answer to the global Aussie brekkie movement. There's a long communal table with bar stools, a wall lined with wine bottles, and a gleaming espresso machine churning out rich specialty coffees. An all-day breakfast menu offers Aussie favorites like avocado toast, piri piri chicken salad, and Vegemite toast. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, brunch has heartier dishes like the Sydney breakfast: a corn fritter with poached eggs, avocado, and cheese.
Located on a quiet block just behind the posh Agenda Liberdade shopping area is Fábrica, one of Lisbon's third-wave coffee pioneers. The space feels at once both raw and rustic, with exposed brick, rough wood details, and industrial finishes. And since the cafe roasts its beans onsite, there's always an intoxicatingly rich aroma floating in the air.
You can use any kind of coffee beans for this recipe. Dark or espresso roast beans will produce the most familiar, latte-like flavor, but lighter roasts can work, too. Or try a Portugal-style blend of Arabica and Robusta beans for added authenticity!
Portugal may be better known for its dessert wines, but the country drinks a lot of coffee, too! We hope this guide helps you learn about Portuguese coffee. Try your hand at a creamy Galao or order an escaldado!
Our family has been growing coffee in the highlands of Brazil for over a century, and remains the core of our direct trade model to this day. We work hard to treat everyone in our supply-chain as part of our extended and ever-growing family.
We roast all of our coffee on Loring machines, the most environmentally-friendly roasters available. Our roasting team has been trained and certified by the best in the industry, and roasts a wide variety of coffee from various origins every day.
Sical Classic Whole Bean Portuguese Espresso is a coffee blend that is known for its balanced flavor and aroma, as well as its smooth and easy-to-drink character. It is a versatile coffee that is well-suited for a wide range of tastes and is said to provide a warm and comforting experience when consumed.
It was a Monday morning and I landed in my newly-adopted country, Portugal, exhausted from a ten-hour intercontinental flight. All I wanted was a velvety, hot coffee to welcome me with arms wide open. Can you blame me
The origins of this name It was apparently invented around 1905 in a famous café, A Brasileira, in Baixa Chiado. Their customers disliked the bitter coffee and were forced to add sugar. Most commercial coffee in Portugal is roasted with 40% Arabica and 60% Robusta beans at a dark roast (Agtron 35), which goes some way to explaining the importance of sugar.
A few months ago, Fábrica Coffee Roasters opened with the aim of introducing specialty coffee culture to Portugal. They have a lovely Probat roaster and a beautiful La Marzocco combined with amazing grinders. They also have different beans from Kenya, Ethiopia, Colombia and Brazil. Personally speaking, one of the best has to be the espresso blend. It has an amazing body combined with 70% sweetness from Brazil and 30% acidity from Ethiopia.
The difference between a galao and a latte is the milk texture and the milk-to-coffee ratio. A galao is one part espresso topped by three parts frothed milk. A latte has slightly less milk than a galao, with one espresso and two milk parts. The milk used for a latte is usually steamed rather than frothed, with just a tiny layer of foam added to the top.
To make a galao at home without a machine, you will need a way to make strong coffee and heat and froth milk. For the coffee part, try using a Moka pot or Aeropress. Once you heat the milk, you can use various methods to froth it, including a whisk or handheld frother. Alternatively, choose a milk frother that will also heat your milk.
When made with a single espresso shot, the galao has around 70-80 mg of caffeine. The caffeine content will be around 140-160mg for a double shot. If you need to restrict your caffeine intake, try a galao coffee made with decaf beans containing just 3-16 mg of caffeine.
The above point about being specific when ordering starts to apply here. A café cheio or bica cheia is a small espresso topped up with a little water. Typically, the espresso cup used for a café will be served about half full, with a café cheio the cup will be topped up with hot water. Slightly lengthening the coffee.
Quite difficult to find at any of the more ordinary pastelarias and cafes. You can definitely find those options at any of the bigger chains or supermarkets (Starbucks, Mcdonalds), or more trendy cafes specializing in coffees that many towns now have. A tip we had from another read was to carry lactose-free long-life milk when travelling!
Nice article with also mentioned the history and coffee brands most used by the coffee shops. Additionally I would really like to know how to make the delicious Portuguese coffee at home, so which coffee machines to use and which Portuguese coffee brands are the best to buy in the supermarket and of course some coffee recipes.
Café escaldado, when you warm up the cup before pouring the coffee.Café em chávena gelada, typically during summer, when some places literally freeze the cups and then pour the coffee right into a really cold cup, so that the coffee becomes instantly cold but not watery because of the ice.
Through these 6 fabulous little tins of coffee of about 30g, you will discover or make discover the wonders of the Portuguese aromas: Coffees from Brazil or Africa, roasted in Portugal in fine or medium grind for espresso machines or classic coffee makers.
Of course, coffee beans from all those countries and much more could be found in supermarkets. However, there is something more fulfilling for the nose and heart when you buy coffee which has been ground in front of you (or if you have the machine which grinds at home).
For all those reasons, I scouted for the best coffee places (cheap and expensive) to get fresh ground coffee at a good budget (or at a higher budget if I am having a good month). And here are my finds after a few years of experimenting in Lisbon:
This one is my favorite! I love to go there, sit down with a book, and drink the best flat white in town. Their cinnamon and cardamom buns are a must-try. Their coffee beans cost between 12 euros and 16 euros for a 250 grams bag depending on what you are buying.
I totally recommend the one from Guatemala. The staff is always friendly (in any of their chains really) and speak perfect English in case your Portuguese is not good enough to interrogate them about their coffee.
This Pearl opened in 1938. The inside of the store is amazing and full of history. Not only do they have coffee beans from all over the world, but they also offer a wide selection of tea. In addition to tea and coffee, you also get everything to make tea and coffee such as coffee machines, infusers, etc.
This is another option for good coffee at an affordable price. Portela is a chain which not only sells and serves good coffee, but they also have amazing pastries. I buy 250 grams of Timor coffee there for 4 or 5 euros. They ground it according to the machine you use.
For specialty coffee, of course FÁBRICA! You will always have a FÁBRICA shop nearby as the chain covers different parts of town. They also sell online. Their bestsellers are Ethiopian and Brazilian coffee, and they come at 12,90 for a 250 grams bag.
I never tried Buraca myself, but friends recommend it. So, if you have tried it, let us know! They have been roasting coffee for more than 30 years. They sell retail and wholesale. Their coffee ranges between 10 and 15 euros per bag. They have coffee beans from all over the world such as Brazil, Colombia, and Costa Rica. 59ce067264