Fábrica de Chá Porto Formoso

Fábrica de Chá Porto Formoso

Fábrica de Chá Porto Formoso
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Ays Espiritu
Bonn, Germany391 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
This is the smaller tea factory and plantation on the island and it also offers a tour. Unfortunately the English tour has already started when we got there and the next one is in Portuguese so we were not able to take a tour of the plantation. We only get to see some items on display in the first room.

They have a comfortable tea room behind the main building where you can have a tea and some snack. You can also buy tea leaves there. Their tea blends are really good. I bought them as souvenirs. I think they are not available elsewhere as I have not seen them in the stores.

I suggest you order some tea and snack and consume it on their covered terrace outside as it is overlooking the plantation and Atlantic Ocean. Tea-rrific!
Written June 30, 2020
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BGreen416
Toronto, Canada51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This is one of two tea plantations that are about 5 minutes apart in the northeast. I prefer this one as it is more charming, less commercial and it more traditional period Portuguese architecture and fixings. Both have stunning views and the only drawback to this one is less parking and there is no restaurant. I also prefer the tea from here although it doesn't offer green tea.
Written April 11, 2024
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Diana Z
Lisbon, Portugal8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
The views are absolutely beautiful. Great to take pictures and walk around the gardens. The place is amazing and of course the tea is delicious, but not the best option if you're interested on learning about the tea in general. But overall is a good experience, the staff is super nice and the very fair prices.
Written January 19, 2020
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA2,111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
My wife and I stopped for a quick visit and enjoyed it. You get a complimentary cup of tea and can watch a short film about the plantation and its production process. The film was informative and well done. The grounds are also very nice and you can tour them on your own.

Note that this is one of two tea plantations on Sao Miguel. The other one, Gorreana, is very close to Porto Formosa on the same road. (We didn’t stop there.)

Definitely a worthwhile stop if you’re on Sao Miguel.
Written September 13, 2023
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JohnCostaBlanca
Costa Blanca42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2011 • Couples
I think this is a much nicer tea plantation to visit than the larger and better-known Gorreana Tea Plantation where the tourist buses go. It‘s by the side of the main road along the north coast, between the exits for Porto Formoso & Maia. Look for the building with a large teapot hanging outside. There’s parking off the road. The entrance is under an arch and along a tree-lined avenue.
The guide first shows a video in English or German and then takes visitors into the factory to show them the machine and explain the process. The visit ends with a free sample cup of tea in a charming tearoom.
Don’t miss the chance to buy a pot of tea and some local biscuits and have them sitting on the lovely terrace overlooking the plantation with views to the sea. A gorgeous, peaceful spot.
Written July 1, 2011
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OCDave
Orange County, CA102 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Friends
First off, beautiful views. I appreciate what the owner did when he bought it in 1998 to restore it. Very small Tea garden which claims it produces 14 tons of black tea a year! NO WAY, it takes 10 tons of tea leaves to produce 1 ton of dry tea to sell, there is no way that TINY tea garden produces 140 tons of fresh tea leaves a year to produce that 14 tons of dry tea and since you only harvest in April-September why does it look like NOTHING is ever picked, EXCEPT for show when the cameras visit. So maybe explaining that they only use a % of tea from their garden and the rest is imported would be nice to know! The tour sets the Azorean people back 100 years as here the tour is given by a guide wearing NO SHOES representing how things were done back in the times that most wish to forget. Go to the real plantation up the road Cha Gorreana and taste teas grown 100% in the Azores.
Written June 29, 2015
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michelleleo120
Wilmington, MA22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
This was along our route so we decided to stop. We watched a short introduction film before beginning the brief tour. As a tea lover learning about its harvest and fabrication was interesting. We enjoyed a cup of tea before heading on our way.
Written July 3, 2018
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Akvile
London, UK24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
The place is on a nice hill and have quite a few things to see: short video, machines etc but the tour guide was a bit lazy and explained everything in less than 5min. At the end you are given nice cup of tea, but they did not mentioned the nice selection of local biscuits that are available to purchase for 2euros. We only knew that as my boyfriend is local and been there before.
Written February 27, 2018
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FriendlyVisitor
Washington, D.C.803 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
We looked for--and passed--the Formosa Tea plantation, before turning around and trying again. The White building looks like a small private mansion or hotel, right on the seaward side of the road. There is a small, hanging tea pot sign. And a parking lot, once you get your bearings. Formosa's small staff gathers a few visitors at a time to see a short video of their history and production system (you can enjoy the beautiful property outside while waiting). We heard this in English, though there may be other languages. Then, we had a short tour of their production facilities, which include equipment of different ages--some of the older still in use. Then to the tasting room, with option to purchase, of course. They have a covered deck or porch looking over the tea fields and off to the ocean--great photo ops!
Written December 3, 2017
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duhoz
Beroun, Czech Republic6,325 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
This factory is smaller than Chá Gorreana but more charming. I like the house and alley of the trees. The visit and tasting is free. You can have a cup of tea inside or on a lovely terrace overlooking the plantation with amazing view. The place and people are more cosy and friendly then in Chá Gorreana. The bigger one is not far away, just 3- 5 minutes drive. This is really relaxing pace to stop on the tour around San Miquel. I also recommend to stop at a lovely Miradouro de Santa Iria for stunning view on the way back to Ribeira Grande.
Written October 31, 2017
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