Fábrica Coffee Roasters

Overall Rating: 8.300


Address: Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, 136
Cross Street(s): Largo da Anunciada
City, State ZIP: Lisbon, 1150-269
Neighborhood: Restauradores
Phone: +351.211.399261
Hours: Su-Sa 9am-9pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 8.20
Barista: 9
Savvy: 9
Ambiance: 7
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Coffee Rating: 8.40
Aroma: 8
Body: 9
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: S
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Fábrica Coffee Roasters
Cup Manufacturer: IPA
Price: $1.35
Last Update: 09/09/2016
First Reviewed: 09/09/2016
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
Stanislav Benderschi - half-Russian, half-Portuguese - opened this coffee destination in June 2014. While far from the first local roaster/café combination within Lisbon's city limits, it is certainly one of the most modern at doing it. Off the Avenida da Liberdade not far from the Restauradores Metro station, the neighborhood is like much of Lisbon these days: in transition between newer businesses, infiltration of heavy construction equipment, and demolition of the remaining urban decay that's still very much about. (In fact, it's neighbor to the south is a complete teardown.) There are several streetside tables under awnings out front, advertising their "Best beans. Great coffee." slogan in unabashed English. There's a lot of English language about here - such as the sign that instructs its patrons with, "No WiFi. Drink coffee." And yet it does not completely betray its Lisbon roots. Inside is a bit more of the typical, aging coffeehouse you might find in San Francisco in the 1990s: a mix of rough wooden furniture and chairs, brick walls, scuffed wooden floors, and a chalkboard coffee menu. In back is their Probat roaster, purchased in Germany, where they roast about weekly and accumulate a bit of their roasted coffee and merchandising for sale (T-shirts, coffee accessories, etc.). The baristas are a friendly, international bunch - from the service-oriented Claudio to Alexandre from Kiev who speaks no Portuguese. This mix is reflected in their clientele, which tends to be some Portuguese locals along with foreign tourists mixed together. There's little to their menu besides coffee, but I'm not complaining. Using a three-group La Marzocco GB5, they pull single (?1,20) or duplo (?1,70) shots with a thicker, medium-and-lighter-brown striped crema. The duplo is three sips short in a larger logo IPA ceramic cup. It has a full body with a solid mouthfeel and a dynamic flavor range of apple brightness, molasses, and some cloves. It's truly gorgeous and rather exemplary