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Albertinho

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Olá peregrinos

A friend of mine sent me this picture.
I thought it is nice to share if you like the various coffees, being served in Portugal


in some parts of Portugal e.g. Porto ,they call a strong coffee a bica.

Anyway enjoy your coffee with a pastel de nata ( or two)
 

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Jeff Crawley

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Olá peregrinos

A friend of mine sent me this picture.
I thought it is nice to share if you like the various coffees, being served in Portugal


in some parts of Portugal e.g. Porto ,they call a strong coffee a bica.

Anyway enjoy your coffee with a pastel de nata ( or two)
They also go to town with hot chocolate too!

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LavanyaLea

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Olá peregrinos

A friend of mine sent me this picture.
I thought it is nice to share if you like the various coffees, being served in Portugal


in some parts of Portugal e.g. Porto ,they call a strong coffee a bica.

Anyway enjoy your coffee with a pastel de nata ( or two)
What’s the difference between Garoto and Meia de Leite - both described as 1/2 coffee 1/2 milk??
 

Albertinho

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I wondered the same. Perhaps the size and the design of the cup? ☕😀
It is the size. Garoto in Portuguese means “ boy”

btw . We have a lot of “ experiences” with cappucino in Portugal but also in Spain and France.
Often they fill the cup with strong coffee and then fill up with whipped cream from an aerosol. Ask for café com espuma de leite in (Portugal ) if you want coffee like what we mean as cappucino (coffee with milk foam)
 
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This is a little off-topic since it is about a brand of coffee vs. a type of coffee drink. But I wanted to put in a plug for Delta coffee. It is a Portuguese brand but we had it a couple of times in Spain. Both times we drank it without knowing the brand but were blown away with how good it was -- rich and complex but not harsh. Both times we asked what kind it was and were told "Delta". We told some friends of ours who were going to Portugal to keep an eye out for it. They did see it advertised at some bars and fell in love with it, too, and started seeking it out.
 

lt56ny

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Olá peregrinos

A friend of mine sent me this picture.
I thought it is nice to share if you like the various coffees, being served in Portugal


in some parts of Portugal e.g. Porto ,they call a strong coffee a bica.

Anyway enjoy your coffee with a pastel de nata ( or two)
Generally speaking I liked the coffee in Portugal more than Spain. Not that the Spanish coffee isn’t good.
I think I have had more outstanding coffee in Portugal.
 

hunsta

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Can one just ask for a Cafe com leite and expect a plain old flat white? Or should one just order a branco liso?
 

dougfitz

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Can one just ask for a Cafe com leite and expect a plain old flat white? Or should one just order a branco liso?
No. They are quite different in my experience. The cafe com leite will not have the micro-foam layer one gets with a well made flat white. That said, cafe com leite or meia de leite were the closet to a flat white that I found.
 
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Zennor

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So which one is the nearest to a Spanish Cortado please? I'm about to start weekly Portuguese lessons on zoom via International House in London and I'm pretty sure we'll be learning how to ask for coffee. ☕
 

hunsta

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So which one is the nearest to a Spanish Cortado please? I'm about to start weekly Portuguese lessons on zoom via International House in London and I'm pretty sure we'll be learning how to ask for coffee. ☕
Um Garoto por favor
 

Friend from Barquinha

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Olá peregrinos

A friend of mine sent me this picture.
I thought it is nice to share if you like the various coffees, being served in Portugal


in some parts of Portugal e.g. Porto ,they call a strong coffee a bica.

Anyway enjoy your coffee with a pastel de nata ( or two)
Nobody asks for an expresso, though that's what it's shown as on the poster if you want an espresso. Ask simply for a café, and that very short, strong shot is what you'll get!

And..in our many experiences over the last few years in cafés in small-town Portugal and cities alilke, an abatanado is much more like an espresso longo than, as they illustrate here, an Americano (which is as close to North American black coffee as you get in Europe, but not that common outside the cities in Portugal). Um abatanado will come in a bigger cup than a bica/expresso/café, but still will be very, very strong--closer in strength to an espresso than anything else.

And
 

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