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January 10, 2009


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Hey Phil,

Enjoy your travels!

You should find Sagatiba in 5 Star Hotels in Mumbai. I'd be interested to hear if you do come across it.

Bejing will probably only have Ypioca. At least that was the only brand I found in Shanghai.

Happy New Year!


To the guy whose travel schedule is even more awesome than mine, thank you! *8-)

UPDATE: Caipirinha procured. The Havana Bar at the Grand Millennium Hotel pours Cachaça 51 and three varieties of Ypioca (Ouro and two flavored ones).

Dear Phil, I got to your blog and was really impressed that this marvelous brazilian spirit is inspiring people in the US at this level.

My family owns a small alambique (the place were cachaça is produced) in the countryside of Brazil. Our product is called "Cachaça Engenho da Vertente" and, altough we are not famous here, it was awarded a few times as a high quality spirit.

Is it possible to send you a bottle so that you can taste it and give us your opinion about it?

My e-mail is [deleted].

Thanks in advance,


Hey, Diogo,

Hah! What a coincidence! "Diogo" is my brother-in-law's name!

Sent you an email. *8-)

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About Cachaçagora

  • Hi. My name is Phil Gomes. By day, I work at a public relations firm as its senior vice president of digital integration. I'm a proud SF East Bay native who currently lives in Chicago.

    I was introduced to cachaça by my wife, a Carioca. Her mom, in turn, is the president of the Confraria de Cachaça do Copo Furado, a group that meets monthly to talk about Brazil's indigenous spirit. I participated in one of their meetings when I vacationed in Rio in July 2008.

    This started me thinking about the basic question of whether cachaça in the U.S. is today where, say, tequila was some decades ago.

    So I decided to start this blog as a means to record and share the cachaça-related items I've been seeing day-to-day. I hope to be sharing recipes, impressions, and random thoughts as the U.S. continues to catch on to the potential for this particular spirit.

    Oh... The name? "Cachaçagora" is a portmanteau of "Cachaça" and "agora", which is the Portuguese word for "now". In Greek, "agora" also means public square. I hope to meet the expectations of both.


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