A Brasileira

Overall Rating: 6.800

Address: Rua Garrett, 120
Cross Street(s): Btwn Rua Serpa Pinto & the main Largo do Chiado
City, Post Code, Country: Lisbon 1200-205, Portugal
Neighborhood: Chiado
Phone: +351.212.469.541
Hours: M-Su 8am-2am
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating:
Barista: 6
Savvy: 6
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 7
Consistency: Inconsistent
Espresso Machine: Gaggia
Coffee Rating:
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 6
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: A Brasileira
Cup Manufacturer: Other Ceramic
Price: 0,50€
Last Update: 10/7/2006
First Reviewed: 10/6/2006
Notes: Coffee Sales, Coffee Accessory Sales, Outdoor Seating


This 1800s throwback is one of the most historic cafés in Lisbon. It's packed with tourists and Chiado shoppers (and ultimately Bairro Alto clubgoers) for about as long as its doors are open. There are deep rows of table seating inside, though most prefer the outside seats beneath parasols. There you can sit next to a statue of the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa. They use two-group semi-automatics from both Gaggia and Visacrem (a Spanish-made System KB 200). With them, they produce shots with a good aroma and a medium brown crema of modest thickness. The body is fine, but the cup lacks flavor depth to be truly great. Classically cheap at 0,50€.