Posted Thu Nov 2, 2006, 3:34pm Subject: Re: Good coffee places in Lisbon?
I would by far not consider myself an expert about Italy, italians or their coffee culture, but I do believe, as you say, there are bigger differences between italian coffee making than you find in Portugal. Of course Italy is a lot bigger than Portugal, with about 5 times as many people and thus with many more coffee brands to chose from. I do believe the taste is different between the north of Italy and the south, and there is more experimenting with various proportions of arabica versus robusta. In Portugal you'll never know what bean types are used, as there is no such customer awareness (or interest?) and thus no demand for this information - the coffee brands in Portugal are after all quite similar, though with disticts individual tastes.
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Posted Wed Oct 15, 2008, 12:38am Subject: Re: Good coffee places in Lisbon?
I found this thread through google so I'm bringing it back up because it may be my best bet for an answer.
I'm in the Toronto area and usually travel to the Sao Miguel every couple of years to see family. I have gotten used to seeing the 2 most common coffees on the island being Delta and Torrie. However, my favorite coffee has been Tofa Classico which isn't all that popular but I had it in the "parque atlantico" mall and it was fantastic! I've brought some back with me several times but I would love to know if there are any distributors which can ship that coffee or Delta Platina to Toronto? I'm also a big fan of Delta Ouro (which I can buy locally for $23cdn) but I have yet to find Platina. Is Platina a better blend than Ouro?
Posted Wed Dec 10, 2008, 4:19pm Subject: Re: Good coffee places in Lisbon?
In theory the platina is better than the Ouro, but in coffee terms no one can say it. They're just different blends,
For those who don't know (no one for sure), I live in Portugal and I love coffee!
After reading this thread I found myself a little confused, because I alway's had the perception that portuguese coffee was really bad. Alway's though it was kind of industrialized, specially when comparing to the descriptions I found in this forum, related to different blends of foreign coffee. Maybe I'm just used to good coffee and never had a really bad coffee? It's possible.
When talking about portuguese coffee, I find Delta coffee to be the best. Awesome offer of different blends from all over the world (I love Papua New Guinee coffee). Nicola in my opinion is... reasonable. There is a TOFA café in my university, and I find it just horrible.
The thing I really hate about Lisbon is the fact, I can't find any coffee specialized store, who can sell green coffee beans, good grinders, and mainly, Brikka's! (I'm a Moka pot lover).
But I'm just a 20 year old guy, with a really limited experience in the "coffee world". :)
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