Tag Archive 'portugal_cafes'

Lisbon Cafés per the Wall Street Journal

Posted by TheShot on 13 Jan 2011 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Roasting, Robusta

Tomorrow’s Wall Street Journal features an article on the Lisbon espresso, the bica: The Best Cafes in Lisbon – WSJ.com. It touches on Lisboeta coffee culture — e.g., drinking many shots each day at the local pasteleria (a sort of pastry shop/bar); a dependence on slower roasts, good quality coffee from Brazil, but also a […]

Trip Report: Moby Dick II (Lajes do Pico, Açores, Portugal)

Posted by TheShot on 19 Dec 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

As 2010 heads towards a close, we reflect on some of the more interesting coffee bars we’ve stumbled across for the first time in the past year. Cape Town’s Origin Coffee Roasting is clearly a new global favorite. Closer to home, the opening of Ma’velous promises a new evolutionary direction for the coffee bar. But […]

Espresso in the Azores (São Jorge & Pico)

Posted by TheShot on 16 Oct 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

It had been eleven years since I last visited the Azores. A remote archipelago of Portugal, this small group of volcanic islands — isolated in the middle of the Atlantic — is the very verdant-but-austere birthplace of my in-laws. Since my last visit, Portugal converted from the escudo to the Euro, tying the country more […]

Is that “Bean to Cup” … or “Bean AND Cup”?

Posted by TheShot on 14 Oct 2010 | Filed under: Barista, Beans, Fair Trade

Particularly since the late 1980s, the plight of the coffee farmer has not been a pleasant one. Public awareness of this major problem gave rise to mitigation strategies such as Fair Trade and Direct Trade. A couple months ago, you may have seen the press releases for Traceable Coffee.org — a project of Pachamama, a […]

Portugal’s Coffee: A Sumptuous and Delectible Treat

Posted by TheShot on 28 Mar 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

We’re a little slow on the discovery of this great article on the coffee in Portugal from earlier this month: Portugal’s Coffee: A Sumptuous and Delectible Treat – Catavino. Catavino is primarily a European wine blog that focuses on the growing regions of the Iberian peninsula (i.e., Spain and Portugal), but they often get into […]

Trip Report: Illy Espressamente – Lisbon

Posted by TheShot on 13 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Back in July we reported on Illy‘s strategy for opening licensed Illy Espressamente cafés across Europe. During my travels in Portugal last month, I had the pleasure of encountering my first one in the unlikeliest of places. In the perimeter wall of the recently remodelled Praça de Touros do Campo Pequeno bullfighting arena, this fully […]

Trip Report: Espresso in Coimbra, Porto, and Braga

Posted by TheShot on 10 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

In my last post on espresso in Portugal, I reviewed a handful of notable cafés in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon. For this installment, I review notable cafés in other parts of Portugal. Namely, futher north … where I generally found the espresso to be even better than that in Lisbon. Name Address City Espresso [info] Cafe […]

Trip Report: Lisbon Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 08 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew, Restaurant Coffee

In a previous post, I noted some generalizations about the espresso in Portugal. For this post, I’ve selected a few notable cafés to review in Portugal’s political and cultural capital, Lisbon. Name Address Neighborhood Espresso [info] Cafe [info] Overall [info] A Brasileira Rua Garrett, 120 Chiado 6.60 7.00 6.800 Café Nicola Rua 1° Dezembro, 20 […]

Espresso in Portugal

Posted by TheShot on 03 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee, Starbucks

Despite Portugal’s prominent historical role in the development of the coffee trade (for example, they introduced coffee production to Brazil), and the degree with which coffee is “interwoven throughout Portugal’s social, literary and economic history”, I’ve found surprisingly little written about the espresso in this small-but-influential coffee nation. Last month I took advantage of some […]

Mad Flavor in Austin: good espresso in a fallen world

Posted by TheShot on 28 Oct 2006 | Filed under: Quality Issues, Starbucks

Yesterday Tom Philpott posted about his discovery of a great place for espresso in Austin, TX called Cafe Medici (it opened last month). However, the bulk of his post was on why “it’s getting harder and harder to find great coffee in the U.S.”: Mad Flavor in Austin: good espresso in a fallen world | […]