When you enter a typical spanish coffee shop, be prepared for the following conversation:
Customer: Buenos dias, un cafe con leche por favor (Good morning! Could I have a coffe with milk, please)
Waiter: En vaso o taza (Would you like to have your coffee in a small glass or a coffee cup)
Asiakas: En vaso (In a glass)
Tarjoilija: Leche caliente, fria o templada? (Hot, cold or warm milk?)
Asiakas: Leche caliente (Hot milk)
There are numerous different ways to order your coffee, -here are the most common ones:
A short and strong shot of coffee, like espresso in Italy. Many people prefer this kind of coffee after a lunch or dinner. Can be also ordered as double-shot (doble).
A single shot of coffee with a dash of milk, drank from a small cup. My personal favorite.
Cafe con leche
A coffee with milk, common at breakfast. A shot of espresso with hot, cold or warm mik. In Madrid usually drank from a small beer glass.
A coffee for grandmothers, – hot milk with a few drops of coffee just to give taste (and to avoid caffeine overdose).
Cafe con leche condensado
Coffee with thick sugary milk. Very sweet.
The farmers favorite. A black coffee mixed with brandy and a slice of lemon. Keeps you warm in the cold mornings!
Cafe con hielo
When you order this, you will be served a shot of espresso and a glass of ice. The most common coffee in the summertime!
Remember, that you can almost always ask your coffee also as decaf (descafeinado).
Foto by Rodrigo Foggiatto