You are standing just in front of the Bon Mercat, this shop is managed by the Marcilla family. From here we would like to talk about what it was known as “escatollades” in Catalunya, rough music in England, or charivari in France. These different words define the same social ritual, when the community tried to humiliate, make fun or show hostility towards those individuals that had violated the rules or broken the laws. In Barcelona, the prisoners that were convicted, they were paraded down this road, “Bòria avall,” and people gathered to ridicule and scoff at the prisoner that was made to walk round the streets of the city. The prisoner was whipped and sometimes even mutilated before being burned with a branding iron, marking the city’s coat of arms. Prisoners were dressed in an outlandishly way, and if the conviction was for robbery, the objects from the haul were sometimes hanging from the prisoner’s neck. In 1633, a famous Catalan bandit, Joan de Serrallonga, was paraded down Bòria before he was executed.
Since opening, this trade has helped to spread the culture of coffee. Roasted coffee from places like Costa Rica, Guatemala, Jamaica and Ethiopia. The place is cozy and unpretentious because the real protagonist is the coffee bar. Although you can also enjoy pasta, chocolate and sweets.
You have a wide range of coffees by origin and characteristic aroma. A good corner from the Gothic Quarter to pause and rejoice the palate.
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