The New Year also saw the arrival of many new services and products for Intermarché Lagos, including an investment in bulk teas thanks to a partnership with Companhia Portugueza do Chá, but now it is time to focus on one of the other most consumed drinks in the world, and greatly appreciated in Portugal, the humble cup of coffee.
It was only at the end of the 19th century that Americans first began to increase their consumption of coffee, something that led to the drink then being consumed in all parts of the world but often resulting in the loss of coffee culture and roasting from traditional methods. However this trend has seen a reversal over the past 20 years with a resurgence in the number of small roasting businesses that have helped to elevate the artisanal quality of the product.
This is the case of the Zazza Kaffee brand that is now available at the Lagos branch of Intermarché.
This coffee in particular, in the words of the brand representative in Portugal, Jennifer Peucelle, “has been pampering Berlin with its excellent flavours since 2013”. From a very young age, the owner, Özcan Gültepe, found his passion in roasting coffee beans. He is a Berliner with roots in the small and cosmopolitan Zaza people of Anatolia, whose ancestors are from Persia. “Za”, which means life in Persian, and Zazza, Özcan Gültepe’s own creation, suggests something like a double life or a good life. In 2013, he opened his own factory, Zazza, where he creates blends from South American African, Asian or Arabian beans, all grown in a sustainable way. “We receive samples of the harvest and we check their quality in our small roaster. Then I combine different varieties and I have the special job of then giving them each city names”, reveals Özcan. Jennifer says that “in a very short time, Zazza grew and became one of the most renowned roasting companies in Berlin.”
Intermarché Lagos is fully aligned with the philosophy of the brand and values the quality, passion and professionalism of the company.
This new product will now be available in Intermarché Lagos in the central area of the fruit and vegetables. Here customers can find four different 100 percent Arabic blends, all with names well known to us all in Portugal: Lagos, Costa Vicentina, Lisboa and Porto. Each package has two sizes - 250g and 500g - and you will find these four mixtures in coffee beans or as ground coffee. The four blends are composed of different beans from around the world (Guatemala, Brazil, India, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Costa Rica ...) and there are always three different continents represented in each individual blend.
“We want this range to be part of our differentiating service. Consumers and connoisseurs of coffee already evaluate a product not only for the sake of quantity but also for the quality of the bean and the knowledge of the master roaster,” explained the management team of Intermarché Lagos.
Away from the coffee, but a perfect complement to a steaming hot cup, is the latest arrival to Intermarché Lagos, the creperie service. Yes, you read that right! Intermarché de Lagos now prepares sweet crepes on site that you can take away to then load with toppings when you get home.
“In the Algarve at least we have not seen this service provided inany large commercial area linked to food retail. Our commitment to this service arises precisely from the desire to continue to invest in differentiating and highly competitive services. In addition to the novelty factor, these crepes are an alternative to frozen or industrially made crepes, the conventional versions that we have access to in supermarkets today. “We want to make available to the customer a product made by us, with a handmade, transparent manufacture, which, without having to defrost, for example, has a more authentic and natural flavour ”. The recipe prepared in the supermarket is made from water, wheat flour, milk, eggs and salt and you can buy them to take away in boxes of 6 or 12 for the whole family to enjoy.
On your next visit to Intermarché Lagos, don’t forget to take a look at these two new features that will surely be a hit with the entire family.