Let’s just start out by saying, I’m not a coffee drinker. The closest I get to drinking coffee is a green tea frappuccino at Starbucks. And there’s no coffee in that drink.
My mom on the other hand is a serious coffee drinker. So I wasn’t going to question the hour car ride we had to take to get to the coffee museum in Santos Brazil, another city on the east cost of Brazil.
Somehow we always find our way to a beach or coastal city like Santos. It reminded me a little of Montevideo Uruguay. There were several apartment buildings along the coast. And just like Ciudad Vieja in Montevideo, there’s also a historical part of the town which is where the coffee museum is located.
When you walk into the museum, you’ll smell coffee right away. We went to the ticket counter and because it was Sunday, we got to go in for free. Normally it’s R$5 per person.
After getting our tickets and before entering the exhibits, we went to the cafe. Because when you’re at a coffee museum you have to drink coffee, right? So my mom, the coffee drinker, had already researched which coffee you have to try when visiting the museum.
We were seated and someone came to give us the menus. The someone happened to be a barista. You know how in Starbucks they call their employees baristas? I’m wondering if they really know about coffee because the barista at the cafe in the coffee museum was giving us a whole speech about each type of bean. I think. I admit I was only half listening…
This is a shot of coffee. It was only half filled. I did try it and it was so bitter!
This is an orange juice and coffee combination. It looked really Instagram worthy in the menu but when we got it, it looked rather drabby.
Here’s me trying this interesting combination. It’s worth a try though I still prefer green tea frappuccinos.
Note: There is free WiFi at the cafe area of the museum.
Then it was time to actually go into the museum. We went through the gate and over to the exhibits. Without thinking I said to my brother, “Oh now I know why this museum was free.”.
Well, I would say this museum is really great for people who like history. And even better for people who like history and coffee, like my mom.
There’s not much in the museum. There’s some blown up black and white photos on the first floor and colored photos on the second floor.
What was interesting though was a group of about 40 men and women were ‘tuning their voices’, preparing for a concert. Here’s a clip:
After ‘tuning’, they started singing. Every time they messed up, they stopped and restarted. That type of music went really well with the building’s 20th century architecture.
All in all, the Coffee Museum in Santos Brazil really is worth visiting if you are a history and coffee enthusiast. And I would say it’s worth visiting if you are tagging along, as in my case.