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How to order the coffee you want in Spain

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This can even be a challenge for those of us who live here but go on a short vacation north or south.

Café con leche comes in a different sized cup in Madrid than Valencia. In Madrid if you want the big cup, I understand you must ask for the breakfast (desayuno) size.

So, we have espresso coffee from the machines, whch does not make for a brewed type never-ending refillable cup.

Solo.. black

Cortado... with about 25%milk or a long/short pour of milk but in small solo cup/glass

Manchado.. even less milk in a solo cup

Café con leche.. a larger cup. Same amount of solo coffee with the rest very hot milk poured in

Cappuchino.. the same as anywhere

Now, if you want more milk than coffee, or not strong café con leche, it's best to say

"corto de café" meaning.. easy on the coffee

If you prefer a watered down version and weaker coffee, more American style, then you may like

Café americano con mucha agua

add milk? then.. "con un poco de leche".

and all my foreign friends' favorite!!

un BOMBON!

This is a solo where condensed milk has been put in the glass ahead of time making an attractive black and white drink. Sweet coffee when you stir it up.

Summer coffee drinks: cafe´del tiempo (at least in Valencia) :any version coffee over ice

Blanco y negro: Coffee with a dip of vanilla ice cream or merengue ice cream, sometimes called a "Nacional"

I hope this helps some clear up the doubts of Spanish coffee options. I know it can be frustrating to find a coffee that pleases you sometimes.

If anyone has any other coffee settings to post, please do so here! I am sure I am not familiar with them all!

Price: expect to pay less for solo, and add 20cents or more for each size up/addition of product up to 2.50/3E in more posh places. Generally coffee is from 1E to 1.50.

Tea drinkers: You might as well give up unless you go to an expat tea house somewhere with proper cups, pots, etc. .

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