February 28, 2008

Welcome to Cafe Nunes at Sao Jorge Island, The Azores

by fuminatto

Mt. Pico from Sao Jorge

J and I went to the Azores for vacation last summer and visited three islands: Faial, Sao Jorge, and Pico. At Sao Jorge, we had a chance to taste the locally grown coffee. I read somewhere that the Azores is technically the only place that grows/can grow coffee in all of Europe. Of course, that is not surprising in post-colonial days.Cafe Nunes is located at Faja dos Vimes, which is about an hour drive from Sao Jorge’s biggest town, Velas. There are more than 40 fajas (volcanic islands with really steep cliffs down to the sea) in Sao Jorge and some are inhabited.

Faja dos Vimes 

When we visited Faja dos Vimes, where Cafe Nunes is located, there was no one around. Cafe Nunes was not even open. We rang the bell and the owner, a very nice lady came out and opened the place for us. We sat down to savor the coffee, which I found a bit acidic for my taste. But it was good. The owner took us to the backyard and showed where they grow the coffee. They do not make enough coffee for mass consumption.

Coffee trees growing in the backyard.

Coffee beans drying under the sun

Cafe Nunes

Quite acidic, but good coffee.

Sao Jorge is also known for their cheese, which can be found here in the U.S. They say there are more cows than people in Sao Jorge and cheese factories are open 24 hours a day to keep up with the amount of milk that comes in everyday to produce cheese.

Sao Jorge Cheese

A little store spotted at Faja da Calderia de Santo Cristo, where you can only access by foot or one of those four-wheel bikes. This faja is also known as a surfing spot.


  • kayoko
    Posted February 28, 2008 at 9:11 am

    this is so fascinating- if you think about it, the thought of coffee growing in Europe is pretty unheard of.

    how does the cheese taste like?

  • Johnny
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Omg. I just noticed this while browsing your facebook stream, Kayoko. This is hilarious. The cheese is stinky and is can acquired taste for some, hovering slightly below limburger. A typical breakfast would be coffee, cheese, and fresh papo-seco. Actually, each island has their own unique way of making cheese.

  • biowerks
    Posted June 1, 2016 at 12:05 am

    I know this was written quite awhile ago, but I certainly learned something new about the Azores. I had no idea coffee was grown there. As a coffee roaster, I have been looking for some exotic coffee beans to roast. I have been to Sao Miguel, Terceira, and Santa Maria several times and just now discovered this information.

  • Kayoko
    Posted June 6, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    @biowerks, please let us know if you make it to Cafe Nunes!

  • Posted June 9, 2016 at 7:27 pm



    José Pacheco

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