Café Nicola

Overall Rating: 7.000

Address: Rua 1° Dezembro, 20
Cross Street(s): On the west side of the Rossio
City, Post Code, Country: Lisbon 1000-001, Portugal
Neighborhood: Rossio
Phone: +351.213.460.579
Hours: M-F 8am-11pm; Sa 10am-10pm
Type of Establishment: Cafe (Chain)
Cafe Rating:
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: Consistent
Espresso Machine: Magister
Coffee Rating:
Aroma: 7
Body: 6
Brightness: 6
Crema: 8
Flavor: 6
Taster's Correction: -0.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Café Nicola
Cup Manufacturer: Cup & Saucer
Price: 0,75€
Last Update: 10/23/2006
First Reviewed: 10/7/2006
Notes: Coffee Sales, Coffee Accessory Sales, Outdoor Seating


This is the mothership Café Nicola in the Baixa, with a Nicola Gourmet just up the block (definitely recommended). There's a row of café tables inside the front door with more restaurant-style seating at the back. Plus some counter service and ample sidewalk seating. Using a three-group Magister Kappa XT and a three-group Promac, they pull shots with a solid, darker brown crema with full textured froth. It has a deeper, darker flavor - more elements of cloves. However, bodywise, it's still a bit watery. Particularly when compared with their owned-and-operated cafés that you can find in indoor malls - such as at the Armazéns do Chiado down the block. Shockingly, the mothership café of this quality chain has the worst, and most expensive, espresso of the lot.