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I tried to watch ‘Coffee with the aroma of a woman’ and the hit Netflix series seemed duller than a…

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From time to time you have to get out of your comfort zone, since you never know what you may be missing. The overwhelming success of ‘Cafe con aroma de mujer’ on Netflix, as well as its resounding failure on Telecinco, led me to want to see for myself if this seriephile phenomenon lived up to its fame, for better or for worse. Spoiler: it came out regular.

Decaffeinated

I hadn’t approached ‘Café con aroma de mujer’ because, honestly, soap operas have never particularly appealed to me (not even in the days of ‘Rebelde’ or ‘Pasión de gavilanes’). In the end I decided to give it a try because, even if it was a chestnut, I wanted to see something that would hook me.

Also, I am always in favor of ironic viewing. From time to time I put on bad movies to rage and I have a good laugh at his expense. Of course, half measures are not worth it to me: when I see a slop, my retinas have to bleed so that I have a really good time ripping and feeling embarrassed.

Let’s situate ourselves: we have Gaviota, a young coffee picker who has been saving for a long time with her mother to buy a hectare of the fields from her employer. Bad luck wants him to die of a heart attack and the subject remains in the air. His son Sebastian attends his funeral and an irrepressible attraction arises between them that will encounter many obstacles along the way, such as his family or his fiancée.

Thus, at first glance, it seems that we are facing the umpteenth version of ‘Cinderella’ , with all the necessary ingredients for those who enjoy this type of story: a humble girl with a good heart, a rich boy who “takes notice of her”, a relationship forbidden…

Indeed, this series does not tell us anything that we have not seen before. Not surprisingly, it is the fourth adaptation of a well-known soap opera that has been revisited since 1994. This should not be something negative, since interesting products can be made from hackneyed premises… although this has not been the case.

So… what league does ‘Cafe with the aroma of a woman’ play in? Well, I’m afraid it stays somewhere in between: the first bars of the series don’t stand out for better or worse, staying in no man’s land and it has only aroused indifference in me.

These first episodes are too introductory (there is a crime, considering that they last 55 minutes each) and, nevertheless, they run a lot with the theme of the romance between the two protagonists. It has left me with the feeling that it is not entirely clear how the background plot will develop and, in turn, that the entire evolution of the love story has already been told to me in the first episode.

I wouldn’t classify it as a “guilty pleasure”, because it hasn’t hooked me nor does it have anything so histrionic or ridiculous that it makes you jump the colors, but it doesn’t stand out in terms of character construction, narrative structure or technical aspects either. Even being prepared for both possibilities, I didn’t expect these first few episodes to be so dull.

I would have really loved it if it had hooked me like all those users who have elevated it every week to the top 10 most watched series on Netflix, I would have even preferred that it seemed so aberrational to me that I wanted to gouge my eyes out… in instead of the absolute nothing that has been.

Of course, I can’t judge the whole series having only seen the first few episodes, but in the streaming era, where there is so much entertainment on offer and so little time to cover it, it hasn’t aroused enough interest in me to invest mine in watching . more than 80 episodes “let’s see if it improves”.

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