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In Portugal, you normally order a short shot of coffee (espresso) asking for "um café" or "uma bica", which is pretty much used all over the country.

But lately I started to notice that some people order a "um cimbalino".

Can I use this word to order espresso coffee all over Portugal? And btw., where does that word "cimbalino" come from and does it really mean the same (a espresso coffee)?

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  • I think this is on-topic here, but you might get more informed answers on Portuguese Language Stack Exchange.
    – mlc
    Commented Dec 30, 2022 at 19:53
  • @mlc I've changed the last sentence to point out what I'd like to know in first place "can I order a cimbalino in all Portugal?) and secondarily the word's origin. Is it better now?
    – Vickel
    Commented Dec 30, 2022 at 19:58
  • This Wikitionary page has all the answers Commented Dec 30, 2022 at 20:35
  • @NeanDerThal thanks for the link! So can I order a cimbalino in the Algarve? would people know what it means?
    – Vickel
    Commented Dec 30, 2022 at 20:38
  • @Vickel the Algarve is southern Portugal. The Wiktionary link says 'cimbalino' is derived from a trademark name and is used in the north, and 'bica' is used in the south. I started to notice that some people order a "um cimbalino". Where were you? Commented Dec 30, 2022 at 21:35

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