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Coffee in Spain
02 August 2009 @ 22:19

A cup of coffee in Spain is generally very cheap, especially compared to the UK. When I lived in the UK, I would very rarely go out and have a coffee, because I used to refuse to pay £2.50-3.00 for a crap cup of coffee in Starbucks.

Since I moved to Spain late last year, I go out several times a week for a coffee. The reason is, it's so cheap and no matter where you go, you will get a good coffee. Where I live - Manilva, on the Costa del Sol - I pay €1.00-1.20 for a café con leche. In Marbella and the big cities like Madrid and Barcelona, it costs a bit more usually. I would recommend going to a Spanish bar or cafe as you will no doubt pay more at the expat places.   Also, I would avoid Starbucks in Spain (prices are similar to the UK), although thankfully you might have trouble actually finding a Starbucks in Spain!

I just wonder why coffee is so much cheaper in Spain than the UK? Maybe it's because there's more competition in Spain. You can't walk more than a couple hundred metres in Spain without passing a bar or cafe. Or maybe it's because the Spanish don't like being ripped off...
Here’s a quick guide to the different coffees you can order in Spain.
 
Different types of coffee in Spain
Spanish
English
café solo
small espresso
café con leche
coffee with milk (latte)
café americano
larger black coffee
un descafeinado
a decaf black coffee
un descafeinado con leche
Decaf coffee with milk (latte)
cafe carajillo
espresso with brandy
café cortado
small white coffee
Café sombra
Very milky with a dash of coffee
café bombon
Condensed milk with an expresso poured in.  Very sweet.
café con hielo
iced coffee


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Roda Golf Rentals said:
03 August 2009 @ 11:26

Hi thanks for that information and I wonder if you can help me. i ordered a coffee called something like vienatta and it was lovely with whipped cream on top. But the thing I loved was the cinnamen topping. I bought some back home but it tastes horrible on top of the coffee.

I wondered if there was another sugerly type on cinamen that they put on top.

Have any idea??


Roda Golf Rentals said:
03 August 2009 @ 11:27

Hi thanks for that information and I wonder if you can help me. i ordered a coffee called something like vienatta and it was lovely with whipped cream on top. But the thing I loved was the cinnamen topping. I bought some back home but it tastes horrible on top of the coffee.

I wondered if there was another sugerly type on cinamen that they put on top.

Have any idea??


SpainMoneySaving said:
03 August 2009 @ 12:28

Sorry, I've not come across that topping before. I usually just go for the bog standard "cafe con leche".


John Crisp said:
23 September 2009 @ 00:23

You missed my favourite

Cafe Largo - in a glass, like a solo but with more water. But not as strong as say a double espresso (solo)

A Cortado is similar but with milk instead of water

Personally I prefer a chupito - shot - of brandy with it in preference to a carijillo where it is mixed in


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