Bolsa Oficial de Café building is known by its eclectic architect, resulting from combination of different architectonic movements in a single work without producing new stile. Neoclassic and Baroque stiles are predominated at building.

Stained Glass Entry

In entry of Museum, a small stained glass above the doors with symbol of “United States of Brazil”, name of the country in the opening this building, was observed and it remained there until 1967. Brazil Coat of Arms was also observed, composed by two branches: one of coffee and another of smoke, which represented two most important crops for Brazil in Proclamation of Republic in 1889.

Auction Room

Place where deals were performed which determined daily quotes of coffee bags. Tradings were performed in 1922 Auction Room by the end of 1950’s. Composed by 81 chairs (including the president one), Auction Room also has one stained glass and three paintings from Sao Paulo-Benedicto Calixto painter. Currently, due to stateliness and beauty, it’s one of main attractions of Museum.


Located in the corner of Tuiuti Street, Clocktower has about 40 meters, i.e., double of height of Bolsa Oficial de Café. At the top, four sculptures are placed, which represent agriculture [agricultura], commerce [comércio], industry [indústria] and Sailor [navegante].

Previously, notion of time was made by church bells. It’s believed that when clocks arrived, a meaningful change in population routine was observed, and Bolsa was used as reference of time in people everyday.


There’s few information about this coffee baggage man. Jacinto was a coffee baggage man who piled up to 5 bags of 132.28lb each, summarizing about 661lb in this back: then, he became a legend. Some of them said he was from Portugal; others said he participated in strength contest at pier and he received the nickname “Samson of pier”.

The only real information received was postcards dated in the first decade of 20th century, where his picture appears. Today dockworkers and baggers agree that the maximum weight supported by a person is about 264lb (two bags): due to this fact, some of them doubt if that bag weighted, indeed, about 132lb.

Old placements

– This space where today is Preservation, Research, and Reference Center, in downstairs floor, was Cash Settlement, where securities negotiated in trading were realized and then paid.

– Coffee barons watched trading sessions in mezzanine. The remaining floor was divided into rooms where Cash Settlement, Union Camber of Public Funds, and headquarters of companies were located.

– The large rating room at old Bolsa Oficial de Café was placed in an insulator place on second floor and it was linked to secretariat by special elevator for coffee samples. The remaining floor was particularly designated to headquarters of exporter companies.

– The third floor was specially projected for intermediator offices. More than 30 compartments were available.

– In current exhibition room “Coffee and Work”, in the past, was “Secretariat of Bolsa”, whose communication for exterior was done by entrance under tower, where deliveries of coffee samples to be classified in rating offices were performed on second floor.

– The third floor was used until 1970s as Clube da Bolsa. This place had library, play rooms and a restaurant, which was opened for partners and their visitors.