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Portuguese coffee

My wife and I are going to Portugal for the first time next week, following the RS Portugal 10-day tour roughly. As a coffee enthusiast, I will be seeking Cafe A Brasileira (Lisbon), Cafe Majestic (Porto) and Cafe Santa Cruz (Coimbra) as suggested in the guidebook. With Brazil as a former colony, it seems like there should be more coffeehouses with GOOD coffee in Portugal, especially ones that sell beans. Any recommendations?

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No problem finding good coffee in Portugal.
I can't remember the name of the shop, but it is on the Rua da Misericordia, just a few doors up the hill from the Praca de Camoes. This is an old fashioned shop that sells coffee beans and tea, and coffee makers. I know it has been in business for at least 60 years, and probably much longer. Entering this shop is stepping back in time. It's about two short blocks from the Brasileira. The Brasileira is justifiably famous, but be careful regarding the prices. As with many places, the least expensive will be standing at the counter, you will pay more if you sit down inside, and the highest price for sitting outside. Also watch out for being short changed at the Brasileira.
Other famous coffee places include the Cafe Nicola and the Cafe Suica on Rossio.
An elegant, old fashioned pastry place is the Confeteria Nacional on the Praca Figueira

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It's actually hard to get a bad cup of coffee in Portugal! Just an FYI - in Lisbon - if you want espresso, ask for a 'bica'.