What's in a Name?
There are many different ways that coffee is served in the Algarve, and if you don't know the different types, ordering the one you want can be a little confusing!
We have put together a list of the most widely served coffees, and of course, what they all mean...
Bica / Espresso / Café: Small black coffee:
Served in a small cup using one measure of ground coffee, and one measured pass of water.
Italiana / Bica Curto: Small black coffee (less water):
One measure of ground coffee, and half a pass of water.
Bica Cheia: Weaker small black coffee:
One measure of ground coffee, and two passes of water.
Chávena Fria: Small black coffee (in a cold cup):
More popular in Lisbon and is essentially the same as a normal 'Bica', served in a cold cup.
Chávena Quente: Small black coffee (in a hot cup):
Again, mostly popular in Lisbon and is made the same as a normal Bica, served in a hot cup.
Cimbalino: Small black coffee:
Made with a Cimbalin Coffee Machine.
Carioca / Bica Fraca: Small weaker coffee:
Half a measure of ground coffee, with one pass of water.
Bica Dupla: Strong Coffee:
Two measures of ground coffee in a cup, and one pass of water.
Mazagram: Cold coffee in a tumbler glass:
One measure each of coffee and water in a glass full of ice, with a slice of lemon and sweetened with sugar.
Café Descafeinado / Descafeinado Solúvel: A small black decaffeinated coffee:
A small cup of hot water, a sachet of sugar and a sachet of decaffinated coffee.
Bica com Cheirinho: A small black coffee with a measure of alcohol (Brandy):
Made using one measure of ground coffee, one measure of brandy and one pass of water.
Café com Leite Apart / Serviço de Café: Cup of coffee with hot milk on the side:
Using one measure of ground coffee and one pass of water, with hot milk to add according to taste.
Abatanado: Coffee with hot frothed milk:
Served in a tea-sized cup.
Batido de Café: A coffee-based milkshake, often made from a variety of ingredients:
An exotic example may contain chocolate and extract of banana besides the basic coffee and cold milk.
Meia de Leite / Café com Leite: Half coffee and half hot milk in a tea-sized cup:
Using one measure of ground coffee, and one measure of hot milk.
Cappuccino: Coffee with whipped cream or frothed milk:
A small black coffee served in a tea-sized cup, usually with whipped cream or machine frothed milk.
Galão: Similar to a Latte, with more milk than coffee:
Served mostly in a tumbler glass - using one measure of ground coffee, topped up with hot or cold milk.
Bica Pingada / Pingo: A small black coffee with a drop of hot milk:
Made using one measure of ground coffee and one pass of water, and a small drop of hot milk.
Irish Coffee: A small black coffee, cream and a measure of whisky or brandy:
Made using one measure of ground coffee, one pass of water, cream, and a measure of whiskey or brandy.
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