The Nicola brand owes its origin to Lisbon's emblematic Café Nicola. In the early 1800's, this Nicola café was the meeting place for politicians and writers, especially the poet Bocage. From the beginning, the Nicola café's owners wanted to offer their own coffee blend. Beans from Brazil and from Sao Tomé and Principe were roasted at specialized companies and sold under the Nicola name. As time went by, the Nicola coffee brand made its way to shops throughout the country. The Nicola coffee's and Tea's popularity, the emergence of new habits and demands for higher quality made it necessary to control all production stages.