Coffee of the Month

After learning that Brazil struggles to continue producing specialty coffee due to the lower altitudes of coffee farms in the country, I decided to try one of La Colombe’s newer coffees from Brazil. This coffee is from La Colombe’s Workshop collection and is called “Matilde Mahogany”. I tried brewing this coffee on a Beehouse dripper…

Terzetto- Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Terzetto was a simple, dainty cafe and bakery contrasting the hectic, urban area of Ipanema just a few blocks from the beach. They had indoor and outdoor seating with bright furniture contrasting the white walls and floors.  When I first walked into this space, I was unsure of it because there were very few people…

Cafeina- Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Cafeina was a quaint cafe/bakery in Copacabana located between the beach and the hectic urban atmosphere of Rio.  Going in at first, the coffee shop seemed to resemble a french cafe with cases of baked goods, indoor and outdoor seating, and fancy decor. The popular coffee drink people seemed to enjoy there was a cappuccino….

Kariowka Café- Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

After walking by this tiny café in the basement of a shopping center in Rio a few times I was a bit disappointed to learn that this was the cafe I was looking for.  To find coffee shops in Rio I used a guide that had information about the best coffee shops in Brazil.  To…

Urbe Café Bar- São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Urbe Café Bar is exactly the coffee place I was looking for in São Paulo.  It has a really cool vibe and delicious coffee.  When I first walked in I was overwhelmed by the number of people and the dim lights, but I really liked this spot.  It had quotes about coffee written in chalk…

Original American Coffee Cake- São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Normally when in a foreign country I wouldn’t go to a place with “American” included in the name, but this restaurant was recommended to me by a friend.  Really there was not anything very American about this place at all! The cakes were made with Brazilian fruits and the coffee was also Brazilian.  The location…

Ofner- São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Ofner is one of those places that was sort of just an overrated fancy café/bakery.  The service was great and the outdoor seating was very nice with large comfy chairs, but the coffee was nothing special.  I ordered the typical café com leite.  The taste was quite bold and the coffee had a creamy aftertaste,…

Ritual 13 Coffee Lab

Thought I would share a great coffee experience. Ritual 13 at Coffee Lab in São Paulo. In this ritual I was able to experiment three rare types of coffees in small amounts. The wine glasses are used to allow just the right amount of oxygen to enter the cup. See Coffee Lab for more info.

Casa Mathilde- São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Casa Mathilde has to be one of the most hectic bakery/cafés I have ever been to. This place was so full of people, the second I walked in I started sweating.  Apparently, Casa Mathilde is a super popular and famous Portuguese bakery in São Paulo.  I only found out about it through another coffee fanatic…

Scada Café- São Paulo, SP, Brazil

If there were cafés in the cinemas in the U.S., I would probably be going to the movies more often.  I found Scada Café after doing some research about coffee shops in São Paulo.  I knew it was in the Shopping Bourbon, but after circling through the entire mall a few times I realized I…

Padoca do Mani- São Paulo, SP, Brazil

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…

Octavio Café- São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Octavio Café is one of the fancier coffee places in São Paulo.  The building itself is shaped like a coffee bean! When I first walked in I was overwhelmed by all of the coffee decor, books, and equipment.  They even had their own blending station where customers can create their own coffee blends using Octavio…