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With a strong and long established coffee culture, coffee drinking is serious business in Portugal. The Portuguese empire stretched right across the globe, featuring no less than the number one coffee producing powerhouse of Brazil. In fact it was the Portuguese who first introduced coffee production to their South American outpost, thereby securing a source.

Coffee is served in a variety of styles in the coffee shops and restaurants, so if you're off to Portugal this summer, or you're just interested, here are some ideas about what to ask for:

  • uma bica / um café an espresso. The term bica is commonly used in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon,but it isn't a proper Portuguese word at all. One theory for its appearance is that because the people of Lisbon found espressos too bitter when they were first introduced, coffee shops went with the advertising slogan – Beba Isso Com Açúcar – Drink That With Sugar and so the acronym came to replace the original café.

  • um café cheio – an espresso with extra hot water to take some of the edge off.

  • um café pingado – a dripped coffee/ filter coffee.

  • um café longo – this is similar to the pingado but as suggested by longo, it's taller.

  • um galao – a café longo typically made with about a third of milk.

  • um garoto – this is a child orientated drink, more like coffee flavoured milk, using coffee on its second run through the espresso machine so that it's weaker.

Apart from their devotion to coffee, the Portuguese are also known for their delicious ranges of pastries. A famous example is the pastel de nata - an egg custard pastry, originating in Belém, Lisbon. Unsurprisingly, coffees and pastries are often ordered as a pair and complement each other really rather well. Sounds like the perfect excuse!

by Kafevend

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