The simplest order is um café (a coffee), which refers to a shot of espresso. In Porto, it’s known as um cimbalino, a reference to Cimbali coffee machines. In Lisbon, it’s uma bica. Some say the word comes from the Portuguese word for “spout”, while others claim it stands for beba isso com açúcar (drink that with sugar).
Here are a few variations which are also served in a small espresso cup:
• um café curto - A “short” espresso, about half full
• um café cheio - A “full” espresso, filled to the top
• um garoto - A short espresso with milk
• um café com cheirinho - Espresso with aguardente, a kind of Portuguese brandy
• um café pingado / “um pingo” - Espresso with just a “drop”/splash of milk
• um café duplo - Double espresso
• um café descafeinado - Decaffeinated espresso
• uma carioca - A weaker espresso made from the same grounds that were already used to brew another espresso
If you want something similar to a latte or cafe au lait:
• uma meia de leite - Half espresso, half steamed milk, in a larger cup
• um galão - Similar to a meia de leite, but larger and more milky, served in a tall glass
Some speciality cafés serve “drip” coffee, but otherwise, you could try this instead:
• um abatanado - Espresso with extra water, like a larger café cheio. Similar to an “americano”.
Don’t forget to order a pastel de nata to enjoy with your café!
Learn more and hear the pronunciation at www.PracticePortuguese.com/AnswerKey
in Madeira we really enjoyed something called a Chinesas. it is similar to a Gallao, but stronger (ie higher ratio of coffee to milk) and smaller. I don't know if there is an equivalent to the Chinesas on in continental Portugal.
By Paul from Other on 25 Mar 2023, 03:23
Paul, sounds like what we call a meia de leite.
By David from Lisbon on 26 Mar 2023, 09:14