Rio de Janeiro has many places to savor good Brazilian coffee
Rio de Janeiro as any major Brazilian city has many places to drink coffee. It doesn’t matter if you just want a plain regular coffe and milk from a local bakery or your taste is eager for more elaborate blends. One of Brazil’s most appreciated beverages has been treated with more and more respect and produced really good experiences for those who go beyond the usual.
Here you are some places you can go:
1. Café Secreto
It’s located at Laranjeiras district in a very quiet villa. This café serves blends allowing you to know from where the grain comes, how it was harvested, pressed, toasted and extracted. Besides choosing between espressos or filtered versions you can learn about the techniques when the place is not too busy. To go along with it some cheese doughs and other delicacies. Open from 9AM to 6PM and is a walking distance from Largo do Machado subway station. Address: Rua Gago Coutinho, 6 – Vila do Largo, house 8.
2. Bastarda Café
Another coffee shop that is part of the slow coffee movement, a way to enjoy the drink, savoring, paying attention to the flavours. You can choose among six different methods of filtered coffee. The menu offers options for breakfast and lunch with daily specials. If you need to sweeten the deal you might well choose the mocha version, which includes a dash of milk and a dulce de leche ganache. For the hotter days you may want to try an iced espresso with tonic. Address: Rua Von Martius, 325 – shops F and G, Jardim Botânico district. Open daily from 8AM closing earlier on Mondays.
It’s a chain with nine shops spread around the Southern part of the city being the original store located at Copacabana. They have a generous breakfast menu and as most things in Rio it has some fitness options like the combo devoted to those who are going to train right after and need extra energy. If you are not the kind, you can indulge yourself with a cake or a shrimp pie. Address: Rua Barata Ribeiro, 507 plus 8 other shops. Open daily from 8AM.
4. Curto Café
This coffee shop with cozy décor is located Downtown at Menezes Cortes bus terminal. Coffees are served basically in three styles: clear toast, more acid, mid-toasted, with a taste of hazel nuts, or heavily toasted, which produces a stronger and bitterer version. The surprise comes at the cashier. You decide how much you are willing to pay for the drink, provided you refund them the cost of the grains, which is R$ 0,50 (US$ 0,15). In a board the owners write down all the permanent expenses of the shop, the amount clients have paid so far and how much money until the monthly balance has no losses. Address: Rua São José, 35, 2nd floor, kiosk 47. Open Mon thru Fri, 10:30AM to 8PM.
5. Kraft Café
It’s a rather trendy place in Ipanema just a quarter from the beach with a rustic and modern décor. It serves decent coffee and offers a special brunch on Sundays with omelettes, sandwiches, doughs, honey, banana bread, fruits and drinks, with deep house as soundtrack. Open daily 9AM thru 5PM, closing an hour earlier on Mondays and Tuesdays. Address: Rua Aníbal de Mendonça, 55.