Coffee in Portugal

Chatting to a friend yesterday about how to order coffee when away from home, reminded me of this excellent post by Sandra. An essential read . . . . . . .

Portugal Up Close

A Brasileira, Braga A Brasileira Café, Braga

Majestic Cafe, Porto Majestic Café, Porto

Coffee is a serious business in Portugal. Look at any menu in a café, bar or restaurant and there will be a bewildering selection of coffees listed, many with strange-sounding names and no description, further complicated by regional variations in what different coffees are called. For a long time I ordered a café com leite (coffee with milk) and usually got the type of coffee I liked (a strong white coffee with a froth on the top, served in a regular-sized coffee cup). This worked in the south of Portugal, but on a recent trip to the north of Portugal ordering a coffee became more challenging. Asking for a café com leite was met with a string of questions regarding what size cup I wanted and often resulted in a disappointingly weak, milky mug of coffee or an espresso-sized cup of strong coffee…

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