It all started in 2014 with a van that, for two years, brought specialty coffee to various stops, including festivals, markets and streets in general. Since last year, the Combi has been a fixed-space cafeteria and for some months now also a factory where green beans have been roasted, both for consumption in the house and for selling.
We roast each week, which customers can enjoy as the roaster is in the back room, separated by a glass and with open doors. It is Gonçalo- one of the founders of the house, along with his brother Francisco Cardoso and João Vilar (who, meanwhile, left the project). Gonçalo sits the roast, controlling the whole process. Roasting and testing all the best coffees all over the world. Once roasted, the coffee must rest three days before being served or packaged.
All of this is produced in an old garage on Rua de Morgado de Mateus, in São Lázaro. A garage that was transformed by the architects Alexandre Gamelas and Catarina Santos into a bright and comfortable cafeteria.
The thing that has changed since opening was the food offering. The space has a small kitchen, and prepares toast and various refreshments. The cakes all come from a renowned Pastery in Porto and from HAKKO bake house. The drinks are the same: espresso and espresso drinks such as cappuccino, flat white or macchiato, and filter coffees, made in V60, French press or Aeropress, among others. Combi now have have a smaller space located in Rua Miguel Bombarda 519 very well knowned by artists and painters. The Concept there is take away and super fresh cakes.