Café A Brasileira de Braga | A special place

Even if you ignore everything about the place, when you get closer you feel it is special, you sense all the history beneath its walls. Observing people there, it will make you understand why the ritual happens for generations – drinking coffee goes a long way in our culture and history, after all we helped the drink to spread all over the world.

A Brasileira is famous for its drip coffee, which you have to order as café de saco – the process is simple: drip boiling water over ground coffee, which is ground more coarsely than espresso coffee – the water is filtered through the coffee into a pot. It’s a slower process, the hot water  contacts the coffee for much longer and surprisingly drip coffee has more caffeine than espresso.

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7 thoughts on “Café A Brasileira de Braga | A special place

  1. DotedOn May 21, 2015 / 10:41 pm

    I don’t know how you do it but you make every place seem magical 🙂

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  2. Singbetterenglish May 22, 2015 / 9:00 am

    I agree absolutely with Dotedon. There’s a quality to the light and a colour to the stone of Braga that you capture beautifully.

    Is A Brasileira de Braga anything to do with A Brasileira in Porto? After reading your description, I’m definitely going to order a cafe dé saco next time I visit Portugal – is that something you can ask for in any good cafe, or is it something they only do in A Brasileira de Braga? I remember reading a phrase book the first time I went to Lisbon and making all the wrong choices between galãos, meia de leites, garotos and bicas. Thinking about it – is a bica another way of naming a cafe dé saco? Or are they quite different? Help!

    Best wishes
    Elaine

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    • jazzyoutoo_lostinbraga May 22, 2015 / 2:17 pm

      Thank you both for the compliment. You are very kind!
      In the past they belonged to the same owner but not anymore. They kept the tradition, they are from the very beginning of the 20th century, to serve café de saco which is something not very common even in a good café. Galão – milk and coffee served in a glass ( more milk than coffee); meia de leite – milk and coffee served in a cup (same size as a double coffee – milk and coffee in the same portion); garoto – small portion of coffee served with milk in a small cup of coffee; bica – it’s the normal espresso coffee, the term is more common in Lisbon. So if you come to the North – you ask for a café (you’ll get an espresso) and this is the most common; if you ask for a café de saco, you only get it if you are in one of the A Brasileira or in a café that also serves it which is not very common these days. I hope this can help you next time! 😀
      I think I’ll post about this someday – in fact it isn’t easy to understand – thanks for reminding me that!

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