Sunday, May 30, 2010

Cafézinho and Koffie

Brazilian coffee: tastes round, very round. When you drink it with milk just like in the photo above, you miss the nuances of wood and fruit - heresy ! But well, it reminds me of my childhood. "Cafe' com leite", mmmm... (in Dutch it is called Koffie verkeerd or "wrong coffee")
I receive many e-mails from people asking me about Brazil, Brazilian language, culture, how/where to learn Portuguese in the NL, etc. etc.. Also people asking me randoms about the Dutch habits and culture. Complicated things like...
How to order your coffe in a bar ?

Lately I am loving the videos from Street Smart Brazil blog. Its a great medium to learn about many Brazilian traces, habits, gastronomy and so on. Wanna know about the country ? Then Read SSB blog. Example ? Check this vide about how to order coffee .
And also this one about the history of coffee I have just found in Youtube. The presentator is such a funny guy, I love all his videos !
Holland - and Europe as general - are another story regarding coffee consumption. You sit down and have a cookie with it - only one.
You sit down and calmly... drink... your coffee... calmly sipping with pauses.
Holland is big in coffe rituals b.t.w - it is called koffie drinken.
Would you like it black (koffie zwart), with lots of milk (koffie verkeerd) or with some drops of evaporated milk  (met koffiemelk) ?   With or without sugar cubes ? (met of zonder suiker klontjes) ?
It is something from the last decade or so that Brazilians are sitting down to savour it. Cause commonly you just down a tiny cup in two sips - while on the go ! You drink it to wake up, you drink it to relax, you drink it after drinking alcohol and before driving, after lunch, after dinner, when checking out at a motel, you drink it to brush away your sadness and you drink it when bumping into a friend on the street. Always on the run !
Now excuse me I am going to have a cup before I go to zzzzzz...


Jaboticaba Preta said...

Nossa que saudade imensa que me deu do café do boteco com pão de queijo :(

Anita said...

Uma media.
Comi hoje.

Luciana said...


Thank you so much for the mention to Street Smart Brazil. I can't think of a better inspiration for my work.

I agree with you, café com leite smells of childhood :)

Great job on your excellent, culturally rich blog!

Até a próxima :)

Anita said...

Luciana: legal, muito legal seu blog !! Ando explorando-o e recomendando-o muito !! Faltava algo assim no "mercado" (rs, rs, rs) !

Aledys Ver said...

Very interesting video, I'm going to check out the Street Smart Brazil, I'm liking it ;)
THe video made me miss coffee Argie style...
I have café con leche everyday for breakfast. The rest of the day, having coffee with milk is a capital sin indeed!! :o)

Anita said...

Lately I have discovered that drinking tons of coffee helps me to carry on with weight lifting and fitness. Almost so good as spirulina. I wanna go to the Moon, To Mars, Venus and beyond the solar system ! Whoa !

Balanced Melting Pot said...

My goodness, it seems Brazilians find as many reasons to dring coffee as Venezuelans find to drink beer. It's no wonder they are able to do the samba ;-) I didn't know that they produced their own coffee. I'll have to see if I can find some next time I'm in the market.

Anita said...

Hey, thanks for visiting my blog ! Many lurkers pass by, only few comment.