Monday, 9 March 2015

Coffee in São Paulo

The very first coffee I had when I arrived in São Paulo was from our local padaria. I mistakenly asked for a "cafezinho" - which was filtered coffee, pre-sweetened poured into a small chopp glass. One sip and I gagged (politely), asked to pay and tried to hide the almost full cup of black sweet tobacco "coffee" somewhere behind the half eaten coxinha. Where was the amazing Brazilian coffee I had always heard about!!??

5 years ago there were two cafés that served good coffee- Octavio on Faria Lima (filled with business men sipping R 10 coffee) and Santo Grão in Itaim and Jardins (decent coffee, slowest staff ever).

In the past few years some true coffee enthusiasts have finally opened some establishments serving great local coffee. The café culture that I know from New Zealand still does not exist here but you can find an espresso much more readily in padarias and local restaurants, along side Nespresso (ugh, but I can see why it is so popular here in Brazil when there is not many other options). I brought my own espresso machine in from the US and then started the search for decent coffee beans... and YAY, I discovered FAF coffee. You can order online from their issoecafe site here and they deliver, or you can pick up from their Lab in Pinheiros. My favourite is the FAF Reserva organic beans which can also be ground if you don't have your own grinder. If you're looking for a great milk for frothing, my favourite is Leitissimo- even thought it is UHT milk it is super creamy, and the "cleanest" milk you'll find in Brazil, even more so than the fresh A grade milk.

Other coffee shops to check out here in São Paulo include Sofa Cafe in Pinheiros, Coffee Lab in Pinheiros which also gives courses, Deliqate in Jardins with a good lunch option, the barista from Café Urbe just won best barista for Aeropress this weekend just gone and of course our very own Sophie & Theos' Cafe in Jardins where you can have the best cupcake alongside your coffee - and a great place for taking a few hours to sit and chill / work.  There are still very limited options but the list is slowly growing.

Sophie & Theo's Cafe - Rua Augusta 2239, Jardins inside Escola São Paulo. An oasis from the hustle and bustle of Rua Augusta - step into Escola São Paulo and choose to work in the quiet (aircon) library or take in the calm of the terrace at the back with a coffee and a cupcake. Serves light lunches, fresh juices, and open from 8am-10pm Monday to Friday and 9am - 5pm Saturdays.

Sofa Cafe - Rua Bianchi Bertoldi, 130, Pinheiros.

Coffee Lab - Rua Fradique Coutinho, 1340, Pinheiros.

Deliqatê - Alameda Jaú, 1191, Jardins.

Café Urbe -Rua Antônio Carlos, 404, Consolação

Octavio - Avenida Brigadeiro Faria Lima, 2996

Santo Grão - Rua Oscar Freire, 413, Jardins or Rua Jeronimo da Veiga 179, Itaim


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