It’s hard to explain my strange relationship with coffee. Probably it’s like in a case of million other people. When I wake up and have this first cup of the day – it’s really a sign that another adventures are coming. It motives me to work and give me a drop of happiness. There is one country in which the coffee is just marvelous. It’s not Italy, I’m sorry, I was in Italy two times and I taste different Italian coffees. The winner in this competition – for me – it’s definitely Portugal. So how many types of coffee do we have there? A LOT.
Let’s make a rainbow of coffees!! 🙂 From the strongest to the weakest.
So – first of all – known everywhere espresso – other name is just café, italiana or (in Lisbon only) bica. Basically is just a pure black, strong coffee served in a small cup. Three sips, 80 cents (more or less in Portugal) and you’re good to go.
The next one is café pingado. The original name came from the verb “pingar” which means “drop”. So the form stays the same – small espresso cup, but we r adding a few drops of milk.
Then we r moving on to the more “milky” kind of coffees. Meia de leite is fifty-fifty. 50 % milk, 50 % coffee, served in an elegant, standard coffee cup.
Very similar to meia de leite is garoto. It’s also fifty-fifty, but depending on the place – they r usually serving it in different cups.
Then, there is my favourite one, galão. This has definitely more milk and it’s served in a tall glass, instead of a cup. The price is usually around 1,20 euros.
The weakest in a coffee flavour are cariocas. Carioca de café and carioca de limão. This last one is not a coffee at all, but I mentioned just because of the connection with the first one.
Of course – in different regions – we can find more names and more specific types of coffees, this one presented by me, it’s just a basic coffee menu.
The most pleasurable thing to do in Portugal is entering “Pasteleria” (kind of coffee place with a lot of pastries) and ordering a coffee and a cake. Pastelerias are almost in every corner ( the same as cabeleireiros – hairdressers – I will never understand why Portuguese people need so many hairdressers). So drinking coffee there is not only a habit – it’s a ritual.
Some day I will write sth about biological and health aspects of coffee (but probably most of you already have this knowledge). For now – let’s join – all the coffee-lovers. May the next coffee that you drink will be the best coffee in your life. And may the caffeine (force) be with you!
Thanks for reading, cheerylady