Maria Cafe

Overall Rating: 7.300

Address: Rua Rodrigues Sampaio, 117
Cross Street(s): Av. Duque de Loulé
City, State ZIP: Lisbon, 1150-279
Neighborhood: Marquês de Pombal
Phone: +351.21.3560283
Hours: M-F 8am-6pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar
Cafe Rating: 7.00
Barista: 7
Savvy: 7
Ambiance: 6
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: La Cimbali
Coffee Rating: 7.60
Aroma: 7
Body: 8
Brightness: 7
Crema: 8
Flavor: 7
Taster's Correction: 1.0
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Sical
Cup Manufacturer: Porcelanas da Costa Verde S.A.
Price: $1.15
Last Update: 09/28/2016
First Reviewed: 09/28/2016
Notes: None

This was one of those "Let's stop in at a random Lisbon coffee shop and gauge the quality" visits. Next to the TAP office off the grand Marquês de Pombal plaza, this Sical-branded coffee shop has three indoor tables and mostly counter service. Some might say they offer "finger food", but that consists entirely of gum, potato chips, candy bars, small morning pastries, and coffee. While an espresso will cost you ?1, they do promote their ?0,50 Wednesdays. And it's a locals-only place: people on the way to work, taking a break from work, looking for an excusing to gossip, etc. Using a two-group La Cimbali M22 Plus, they pull shots with a mottled medium brown crema of decent heft. The rest is pretty good, although not great, but makes a good multi-shots-per-day shot with a blended flavor of spices and mild pungency. Served in Costa Verde Sical logo cups. Workmanlike.