From the moment I arrived at Padoca do Mani last Sunday morning, I fell in love with the tiny bakery/coffee shop. Mostly known for their various types of breads and their coffee, this place was packed all morning. Padoca do Mani is the place to be for brunch. It has a really cool atmosphere, colorful and rustic with mostly outdoor seating. My friend and I waited 45 minutes to get a table, but while I waited I managed to meet a former professional coffee taster for the International Coffee Organization in London. We bonded over our love of coffee. After meeting her in line, I had a feeling this place would have great coffee. I was not disappointed. Even the black coffee they served while you waited in line was delicious! It was bold, yet slightly sweet, with no bitter aftertaste at all. Since I had already tried some coffee I decided to go for an espresso drink. One of the deals they have on the menu is a trial of three of their breads with scrambled eggs, a yogurt parfait, an espresso drink, jelly, butter, requeijão (a cheese cream, that is not cream cheese), and freshly squeezed orange juice all for 36 reais (not even $13). I decided to order the special with a latte. This meal had to have been one of the best brunches I have had. It was very satisfying and filling, but did not feel heavy. The latte was really delicious, besides the fact that the thick layer of foam was a little too much, it was perfect. Once I finished the latte I wanted more. I would love to go back if I have time to see if weekday afternoons are less hectic.
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