Majestic Café

Overall Rating: 7.500

Address: Rua de Santa Catarina, 112
Cross Street(s): Rua de São Marcos, near the Praça da República
City, Post Code, Country: Porto 4000-442, Portugal
Neighborhood: N/A
Phone: +351.222.003.877
Hours: Su-Sa 9:30am-12am
Type of Establishment: Cafe
Cafe Rating:
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 9
Presentation: 9
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Faema
Coffee Rating:
Aroma: 8
Body: 6
Brightness: 7
Crema: 7
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 0.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Smoky
Coffee Beans: Delta
Cup Manufacturer: Vista Alegre
Price: 1,50€
Last Update: 10/18/2006
First Reviewed: 10/18/2006
Notes: Outdoor Seating


This Porto institution has been in operation as a grand café of Europe since 1921. With the Imperial Café converted into a McDonald's and the local A Brasileira in transitional ownership/use as a restaurant, this is one of the very few remaining grand cafés in operation in Porto. The place comes with weathered palacial decoration: grand mirrors, chandeliers, and sculpted artwork. They have an old brass dome Brasilia in the bar area at the center of the room (there's some limited outdoor table seating as well), but they currently use a red, three-group Faema E92 Elite marked as 'Selecção Diamante' by Delta Coffee. They produce espresso with a somewhat thinner layer of a deep brown crema. It has a great aroma, with flavors of cloves, tobacco, and a little oakiness. Pricey at 1,50€, but then you get the posh environment plus a Delta chocolate served on the side. When it comes to milk frothing, they produce a significant amount for Portugal (which isn't all that much) - though it consists of slightly large bubbles and no microfoam.