BASÍLIO, the cousin of Nicolau: His stubbornness and courage cut Amazonian savannahs and opened the way for the Holy Grail of Brazil: the coffee.
Basílio, a playful and temperamental entrepreneur became one of the greatest coffee barons of the 19th century and when the coffee cycle grew, the independence of Basílio jumped out and he took a chance in his own farm. He challenged his cousin Nicolau and they prosper together with the export of coffee to all the European capitals. But the homesickness beat strongly and Basílio returned, has become a bohemian and “bon vivant” of Lisbon but always near his cousin.
Cafe Basílio at Bacalhoeiros reflects the mind of Basílio: lively, good looking and where we feel the presence of this coffee baron.