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Café Culture

The establishments called Cafés first appeared in Lisboa after the earthquake of 1755 and they were essentially social interaction spaces. At the time was required to put on a sign above the door announcing the business, a Marquis of Pombal´s decision. Therefore, both the product and the word café invaded the daily life of the lisboets.

In the early twentieth century café life is the mirror of the society. Cafés are places where people meet to have critical debates and shape public opinion. Many of them have gained fame as host to artists and writers gatherings, political meetings as well as exhibition places to modernist and surrealist painters.

Throughout the history of mankind coffee consumption gained some enemies because of its exciting effects. However, all these arguments have been refuted and replaced by the good reasons, such as its aroma and flavor.

Coffee is deeply rooted in Portuguese culture. All times are good for its consumption, and it's very common to arrange a meeting saying "Let's get a cup of coffee"

The introduction of coffee in Venice, circa 1570, was followed by a ban on Christians, as it was the favorite beverage of the Ottoman Empire. This restriction was lifted only in 1600 by Pope Clement VIII after tasting a cup of coffee.

In Lisboa, until the early twentieth century, women who frequented  cafés have been frowned upon. The pastry service in the cafés was only introduced in the nineteenth century and the term bica is used to say espresso.