Bandeira do Brasil

Bandeira do Brasil

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CARE FOR SOME COFFEE?

One of the main tourist attractions in the city of Santos, the Museu do Café [Coffee Museum] was created in 1998 as an institution of the State Secretary of Culture, with the aim of preserving and spreading knowledge about the historical relation between coffee and Brazil. Among the objects and documents that make up its archive, it is possible to perceive how the development of coffee growing and the nation’s political, economic and cultural development are closely linked. This relation, which began in the middle of the 18th century, has remained strong until today. 

Photo by Marcus Cabaleiro www.marcuscabaleiro.com.br
Installed in the former building of the Official Coffee Exchange, which began to operate there in 1922, the Museu do Café counts among its collection a stained-glass work and a number of paintings by Benedicto Calixto, an icon in the art of São Paulo State. Museum-goers can also visit the Auction Room, where the negotiations for setting the daily price for bags of coffee were held, until this activity was transferred to the city of São Paulo in the 1950s.

The building of the Official Coffee Exchange was constructed to centralize, organize and control the coffee market. Inaugurated in 1922, as part of the celebrations of the Centennial of Brazil’s Independence, the building became a key symbol of the wealth of the coffee business and one of the most emblematic sights in the city of Santos. 
 
The building’s eclectic architectural style and splendor, the quality of the materials used in its construction, and the richness of the details of its decoration all contribute to an understanding of its importance during the golden years of the coffee trade.

The Coffee Preparation Center (CPC) plays a fundamental role in spreading knowledge about the different ways to prepare one of the world’s most traditional beverages. Besides the barista course, it offers workshops and lectures for different publics, with the aim to stimulate the search for technical information on coffee.

Coffee that isn't strong enough is referred to as chafé in Brazil, which translates to "tea-coffee." A true testament to the fact that they don't believe in weak brews or tea, really. You won't find too many vanilla lattes either, they're not ones for all that jazz. They thrive on the traditional cafezinhos, which are espressos with a splash of hot water.
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