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October 19, 2009


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Hey Phil,

I´ve been to a lot of alambiques, and i Love everyone of the videos! An interesting thing about cachaça is the history of the families behind it and the videos are great for that.

They really help people understand the craftsmanship behind a true “cachaça artesanal de alambique” as oppose to many products that where first exported.

Is that another azulada on the slide show? I tried to track some down here in Minas, but could not find it.That really has to be something local, only common in Paraty...

I went to a cachaçaria with many hundreds of cachaças this week they had the Coqueiro line you mentioned, but not the azulada… quest continues…

Hey, Tony,

Thanks for coming back! Glad you enjoy the series.

Nope, no Azulada here. As to whether it's only to be found in Paraty? I'll have to ask but, now that I think of it, the only three places where I found Azulada *was* at Coqueiro, Engenho d'Ouro, and Maria Izabel -- all Paraty.

If cachaça continues to take off, I would hope someone has the budget and vision to bring azulada to the U.S. It opens up a world of possibilities for cocktail-making, that's for sure.

When you do find some, please take a photo and send it in, or publish it somewhere I can link to.

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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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