Your Guide to Ordering Coffee in Spain

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It’s quite possible that there is no more coffee-obsessed country on Earth than Spain.

Spaniards have a daily routine of having a cup of coffee in the morning, another at mid-day during a short break, and another after eating lunch.

It can be difficult, however, to know what kind of coffee to order when traveling to this European country. So here’s your coffee guide to Spain with a description of the most popular varieties to make life a little easier.

Café Solo

This is the simplest coffee. It’s just a tiny shot of espresso served in a minuscule cup, with no added milk nor water.

Café con Leche

The most popular coffee drink in Spain is this coffee and milk creation. A shot or two of coffee is blended with scalded milk to make a creamy, rich drink.

Café Cortado

A “cortado” is like a cross between a café solo and a café con leche. Just a tiny bit of milk is added to this variety, giving it a hint of creaminess to mask the bitterness of espresso.

Café Americano

An “americano” is simply a shot of espresso diluted with hot water to make it less strong. It doesn’t contain any milk or other ingredients, though.

Café Bombón

This unique coffee variety combines a shot of espresso and sweetened, condensed milk to make a sugary, dessert-like coffee beverage.