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 do with how you buy coffee to make at home: do you buy coffee beans and grind them at home (grão) or do you take coffee already ground (moído)? Different types of grinds are appropriate for different methods of making coffee. A fine grind for an expresso machine, a medium grind for a french press and a course grind for moka or Italian cafetières. Whereas some people go to their favourite shop, choose the beans and ask for the appropriate grind and are assured that it is exactly right for their coffee machine, others bring the beans home and grind them in a domestic mill, filling their kitchen with the most delicious aroma. Grão ou Moído? That’s a Portuguese dilemma!!!