Só Peso, Luanda

Categories Café Hop

The truth of the matter is, I have to confess, this is not my first cup of coffee in Luanda.

Last weekend when I first visited this shopping mall in the Angolan capital, I had tried the cappuccino at another café. The taste and aroma of that cup reminded me of São Paulo.

Besides a few popular specialty coffee bars, I recall that we also visited a bakery cum dessert café in Liberdade. The cappuccino we had there was not unlike my first coffee in Luanda — there was no real coffee aroma or taste, and oh dear, all that cinnamon sprinkled over the already-very-sweet cuppa!

Be it the texture of the foam or the temperature, neither was a decent cup, unfortunately.

Therefore, after last week’s disappointment, I decide to be wary at order an espresso at Só Peso. This ought to be a very safe cup. At most, it might be little over-roasted, but at least it will not be sweet. And of course, with an espresso, I don’t have to worry about whether the milk is foamed properly or not — there is none.

I take my first sip gingerly and discover the taste is far better than I imagined. There is no burnt aroma and the body is quite light. Though the flavour isn’t particularly special nor the crema beautiful, but for me, this is already a very pleasant surprise. Dare I say, a delightful cup?

Perhaps I am really overjoyed, for I can even detect a vague hint of almonds. This cup, this black brew, is a dream come true, at last!


經過上星期的教訓,我想這次還是點espresso 好了。

Só Peso
Q-001, Belas Shopping, Av. Luanda Sul, Luanda, Angola
Mon-Sun 7am-11:30pm

Kenny is a writer. CK is a photographer. Together they café-hop around the world and have contributed to The Malay Mail Online, Time Out, and other cool publications. Read more of Kenny’s stories at Life for Beginners and check out CK’s photography at Devil's Tales 胡思亂想.

11 thoughts on “Só Peso, Luanda

  1. 终于喝上一杯咖啡!!!感觉像是连锁店的咖啡馆,能喝上好喝的咖啡还是好的 =)

    1. 經過上星期那杯咖啡卡布,能喝到這杯espresso,我還蠻訝異的。哈哈。

  2. ooo, nice, nice … the kiosk looks like it’s in a bright and cheerful area (also looks quite safe, heheh), and the pastries look well-made also. hope it’s not too expensive, so you can come back here regularly 🙂

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