Though he will forever be best known for his television and film work as a member of the world’s greatest comedy troupe, Monty Python, Michael Palin also has a not too shabby second career. For the past 25 years, he has traveled the world, creating some of the most interesting and enjoyable travel documentaries on television. He had been just about everywhere in Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole, Himalaya, Sahara and more but had only briefly touched on Brazil, until now.
In his most recently documentary, Michael Palin’s Brazil, he spent 74 days in the world’s largest producing country, and took some time to learn about coffee with none other than Bruno Souza at his Academia do Cafe. If you know Bruno, you know that he was perfect for the job.
“The Academia do Café (the Academy of Coffee) is a two-storey town house overshadowed by twenty-storey tower blocks on a corner of the Avenida do Contorno, the ring road. The owner, Bruno Souza, boiling and simmering like one of his own machines, exudes information and enthusiasm at a breathless pace, and it doesn’t altogether surprise me to learn that in an average day he will drink a litre and a half of brewed coffee and two or three espressos.”
Enjoy the segment below: