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The Organic Coffee of Café Nunes At Faja Dos Vimes in São Jorge

Café Nunes

Café Nunes Azores

In Faja Dos Vimes, on the island of São Jorge, Azores Islands, a family produces and serves its own coffee since generations in the characteristic Café Nunes

Faja dos Vimes, in Sao Jorge, Azores is a magical place. Fajas are ancient lava flows that over the millennia have created peninsulas reaching out to the sea where it is possible to grow beans (hence the name Faja – from feijões, beans)

The island of Sao Jorge has more than 70 and Faja dos Vimes is one of the most fascinating, also thanks to this unique bar (the Cafè Nunes) which, unique in Europe apparently, serves cups of very enjoyable espresso made with organic coffee produced in your own garden!


Café Nunes, São Jorge - Azores - Coffee beans drying

Café Nunes, São Jorge – Azores – Coffee beans drying



A cup carved in the trunk of a tree, with the engraving Café da Fajã, welcomes tourists who arrive at Café Nunes. “Our coffee is good, it is of quality. People come from all over the world to taste it, “says owner Manuel Nunes, 66. At the back of the house is what is the largest coffee plantation in the Azores archipelago. “When I bought this property, there were only a dozen coffee plants. Today I have more than 500. ”

All production, from collection to roasting, is done manually. “Roasted coffee is homemade, in the old evening. We can only do one roasting at a time and no more than 1 kg and a half because we only use a stove, “says Manuel Nunes, who plans to make a” good harvest “of 700/800 kilograms this season this year.


Café Nunes, Faja dos Vimes, São Jorge - Azores

Café Nunes, Faja dos Vimes, São Jorge – Azores


Mr. Nunes produces organic coffee without resorting to chemicals using only manual processes. Above the cafeteria, his wife Alzira Nunes and his sister Carminda are dedicated to the production of high quilted bedspreads, a characteristic texture of the island of São Jorge. “We are the only ones who continue to produce them, here on the island,” they tell us proudly.

The Faja itself is magnificent: after going down the steep but well-paved road that descends from the surrounding plateau to sea level, you are on a surreal plateau, surrounded on one side by the ocean and topped on the other side by imposing tree-lined slopes. The feeling is that time has stopped here, despite the presence of cars. And life flows slowly.


Faja dos Vimes, São Jorge - Azores

Faja dos Vimes, São Jorge – Azores

4 thoughts on “The Organic Coffee of Café Nunes At Faja Dos Vimes in São Jorge

  1. Brenda Moreira says:

    We were introduced to your coffee while watching Maria Lawton’s TV show Maria’s Portuguese Table. Do you ship coffee to USA?

    1. Valeria Negro says:

      Hola Brenda, we are the admin of this site and we’we write this article, not the owner of Café Nunes! You can contact them at: Fajã dos Vimes, 138, Calheta, Portugal, 9850-213 cell. +351 295 416 717

  2. James Benesch says:

    We visited a small coffee shop while at Sao Jorge in January but the coffee we bought is labeled CAFE DA FAJA.
    Is this the same place?

    1. Valeria Negro says:

      Yes, is the same place 🙂

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