One of the stops in our lunchtime food tour of Lisbon takes you back to the time when producing coffee was a family craft with the selection of beans, roasting processes, wood was done by hand and blends were kept secretly in the family tradition. Flor da Selva still maintains all these characteristics to produce a unique coffee. Receiving coffee beans from small producers from Angola to Guatelama, Flor da Selva is a family business that innovates. In the 1950s they were pioneers in establishing expresso machines in chique Lisbon coffeeshops such as Brasileira in Chiado.
Flor da Selva is the only remaining traditional coffee producer in Portugal. Their attention to detail, special blends and unique wood fire roasting method makes their coffee a real treat and a visit a true lesson in all things coffee.
Life in Portugal is blessed with simplicity. Outstanding natural beauty, friendly people, surprising cultural diversity from north to south and a long and rich history which had a major influence on the world we live in today. There are, however, some everyday dilemmas which occupy the minds of common folk and intellectuals elites alike. Inconsequential as they might seem, these daily decision can place folks into one camp or another. A little like whether you support Porto or Benfica! This series of posts explores some of these dilemmas so that you can put yourself in the decision-making position when you next visit Portugal.
Café: Grão ou Moído
The Portuguese take their coffee (café) seriously and variables such as brand, method, types of roast can be divisive. Most Portuguese will have their favourite coffee shop and coffee purchase can be a cornerstone of everyday ritual. However, it is also key to have a reliable coffee making infrastructure at home. This particular dilemma is to d...