In order to publicize what is best done in Sao Tome and Príncipe an exhibition of handicrafts and photographs followed by a tasting of Sao Tome and Príncipe’s organic coffee took place in Mouraria.
On the World Coffee Day, April 14, the Renovar a Mouraria Association in Lisbon hosted the “Coffee and Photos of São Tomé and Príncipe” Exhibition. The social entrepreneur, Dary de Carvalho, a young Saotomean who resides in Portugal, organized this show with the purpose of publicizing what is best done in Sao Tome and Príncipe, valuing our origins and our culture.
In addition to the exhibition of photographs, there was also a display of handicrafts, followed by tasting of organic coffee from Sao Tome and Príncipe and a parade with the traditional costume, the kimono.
“In Sao Tome we have the best coffee in the world, the Arabica coffee that is 100% organic and I wanted to show Lisbon and the world the best we have,” said the event’s mentor.
Dary told us that the show is a result of two trips she made to the wonderful islands: one in 2015, and the other, more recently, in November 2017. “I only came up with the idea after my return to Portugal, when I decided to show people what I lived and felt during my trip in Sao Tome and Príncipe. I basically wanted to invite people for an imaginary trip to the islands of lightweight so they could live and feel all our simplicity at the rhythm of the islands”, she explained.
The social entrepreneur is passionate about Sao Tome and Principe and intends to take the country’s flag to the various corners of the world and was not surprised by the public reaction. “I already knew people were going to be amazed. 80% of the Portuguese drink coffee every day. I knew that by inviting them for a tasting trip of our coffee in a place as recognized as Mouraria could not be otherwise. They were enchanted and in love with our country and our coffee”.
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