How to Drink Coffee in Portugal

How to Drink Coffee in Portugal

Portuguese people love their coffee so much that this is the most meticulous drink in the whole country and, of course, the biggest social habit you’ll ever find all over the place.

Portuguese people love their coffee. And more: they do it well. If you, by any chance, go to Portugal, you have to know that if you ask for “café” (coffee), a black espresso will be served. Sugar will be given but, most of the Portuguese drink it without it.

Coffee is everywhere. Portuguese people drink it at breakfast, end of lunch and dinner. But if you ask a friend out, you don’t ask him to have a drink; you ask him to have a cup of coffee. Everybody has a coffee machine at home, to make some espressos; but they just love to go out and have another one with friends or family.

So, you might think that, «if Portuguese people have this massive devotion to coffee, they must cultivate it, right»? Nah! Portuguese have a huge connection to coffee since the “Discoveries” (when the Portuguese went on this big adventure overseas looking for other countries), and now Portuguese are masters at sourcing the best produce throughout the world.

Are you surprised? Well, I’m not finished yet. If you pay attention to Portuguese requests, you’ll know that these guys know what they’re doing.

If you’re planning a trip to Portugal, and if you’re a coffee lover, here are the most common ways to drink coffee in Portugal. (And you have to try them all):

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Café, Bica or Cimbalino:

It’s just a regular black espresso. They name it “Bica” in Lisbon, and “Cimbalino” in Oporto.

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Abatanado:

A regular espresso, but in a tea cup.

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Italiana or Café Curto:

A very short expresso.

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Meia de Leite:

In a tea cup, first you pour an espresso dosis and after you fill the rest with milk.

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Galão:

The same as the “meia de leite” but in a big cup.

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Café Duplo:

2 espressos in a tea cup.

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Pingado or Pingo:

An espresso with a drop of milk.

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Garoto:

A short espresso completed with milk.

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Escorrido or Carioca:

The water that comes after an espresso dosis.

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Café com Cheirinho:

An espresso with some drops of pomace liquor.

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Café e um Bagaço:

An espresso served side by side with a cup of pomace liquor.

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This latest special request, “café e um bagaço”, has even its own song from a well known Portuguese singer, Rui Veloso – the founder of the rock movement in Portugal. Check it out (it’s going to be better if you understand a bit of portuguese):

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And more. You have other special requests, as Portuguese are very picky when coffee is the subject. So you can listen requests like:

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Café em Chávena Escaldada:

An espresso in a very hot cup.

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Café em Chávena Fria:

An espresso in a cold cup.

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Café sem Ponta:

An espresso that dismisses the firsts drops of coffee.

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Café com casca de limão:

An espresso with lemon zest.

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Café com gotas de limão:

An espresso with lemon drops. (Because ancient people say that this one cures headaches).

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Have you ever been to Portugal? Or are you just curious? Did you already know about these ways to drink coffee in Portugal? Do you still have some doubts or is there something you heard that’s not here? Tell us everything and, of course, we’ll answer all your questions.