Fábrica Coffee Roasters
Specialty coffee is still a rarity in Lisbon. Fábrica Coffee Roasters, founded in 2015, is one of the earliest stalwarts of third wave coffee in Lisbon, roasting their own beans, offering several single-origin beans for filter (pour-over or Aeropress) and well-balanced blends for the espresso-based drinks.
Fábrica has a couple of locations. We often went to the one near our Bairro Alto apartment, on the other side of Avenida da Liberdade, one of the main avenues in the city. The outdoor space was lovely to spend time chatting, while sipping on coffee and plotting our next move.
Also not far from our apartment was Fábrica's Chiado location. Relatively new, a narrow but huge space, with a small patio jutting out on to the steep Rua das Flores, I quite enjoyed sipping my morning coffee here, watching people go about their business, and on one occasion sharing the high-demand small space with a visiting Dutch finance professional.
Fábrica's Chiado location is at Rua das Flores 63, 1200-015 Lisboa, Portugal
Copenhagen Coffee Lab
Copenhagen Coffee Lab roasts their own beans (in Copenhagen) and offers espresso-based drinks and several single-origin options for pourovers and Aeropress.
In addition to coffee, they offer cakes, pastries, and a delicious breakfast like the one above that includes bread, butter, and an egg for €5.
Located around 4 kilometers east of the center of Lisbon, halfway to Belém, is LX Factory, a mini-city that transformed an abandoned factory site in 2008 into a creative hub of restaurants, shops, galleries, office spaces, and cafés.
In addition to coffee, they serve pastries and light food. Espresso is €1.2.
At this time they only serve espresso-based drinks. A double espresso is €1.2.
The Mill is an all-day spot, serving homemade cakes and pastries, breakfast and lunch, and an evening menu. In addition to coffee, they also serve wines.
The Mill is located at Rua do Poço dos Negros 1, 1200-335 Lisboa, Portugal
Bettina & Niccolò Corallo
Located on a street overlooking the Jardim Botânico da Universidade de Lisboa, also the site of a weekly farmers' market, in Lisbon's Príncipe Real, Bettina and her son Niccolò run this chocolate-focused café.
In case you are wondering, Bettina was involved with Claudio Corallo in experimenting with cacao production in São Tomé and Príncipe in Africa, where Caludio continues to produce some of the most complex cacao in the world.
In addition to sourcing the best ingredients they can get their hands on for their various chocolate confections, they also roast their own coffee in-house. Coffee is served alongside a piece of one of their chocolate barks, of course.