How to Order Coffee in Spanish: 21 Types of Coffee in Spain and Other Spanish-speaking Countries

This will be quite the personal type of blog post because I can’t contain myself. (Immediately sorry for this, haha!)

So, what’s all this about?

Besides learning languages, my other hobby is making coffee. I’m a huuuge coffee enthusiast, a home barista, always on the lookout for the best specialty coffee beans, and beside learning how to order coffee in Spanish, I also started a project with my father, Jean-Luc Van Vyve.

He spent his work life in the food industry – so basically knows everything about product development, regulatory compliances, business operations, bean varieties and education.

Our project is called Emergent Brew – and you’re welcome to check it out!

But enough of this marketing, let’s switch to the main subject which is: how to order coffee in Spanish. Spring Spanish (another one of my other projects) made a video on how to order coffee in a coffee shop & elsewhere:

And now, let’s have the ultimate coffee guide!

1. Types of coffee in Spanish – All Spanish-speaking countries

Many of the globally renowned coffee types are also available in Spain and in other Spanish-speaking countries. Let’s categorise them!

Coffee TypeWhat is it
EspressoA concentrated coffee brewed by forcing hot water through finely-ground coffee beans.
AmericanoAn espresso shot diluted with hot water.
LatteA shot of espresso with steamed milk and a small layer of milk foam on top.
CappuccinoEqual parts espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam, often topped with cocoa or cinnamon.
MacchiatoAn espresso “stained” with a small amount of milk foam.
Flat WhiteSimilar to a latte, with a higher ratio of espresso to milk and a smoother milk texture.
MochaAn espresso with added chocolate syrup and steamed milk, often topped with whipped cream.
AffogatoA dessert coffee where hot espresso is poured over a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Iced CoffeeChilled coffee served over ice; variations include Iced Latte and Iced Americano.
Cold BrewCoffee grounds steeped in cold water for 12-24 hours, served over ice.
Nitro CoffeeCold brew coffee infused with nitrogen gas, giving it a creamy texture and foamy head.
CortadoAn espresso “cut” with a small amount of warm milk.

You probably know most of these, or perhaps even all of them! It’s no big deal but it’s the first step you have to know if you want to order the best cup of coffee in Spanish. This is certainly not all, so, it’s time to take a look at the special coffee beverages made in Spanish-speaking countries.

Different coffee types in Spanish-speaking countries

One thing is common – or one coffee is common in all of this: café con leche can be enjoyed in every Spanish-speaking country.

How people prepare their coffees is different in Europe, Central and South America. Check out the next table!

CountryCoffee TypeWhat is it
Spain 🇪🇸Café SoloEssentially an espresso, a small, strong shot of coffee served without milk.
CarajilloEspresso with a shot of liquor, usually brandy or whisky.
Café BombónEspresso mixed with sweetened condensed milk, often served in a glass to show the layered effect.
Mexico 🇲🇽Café de OllaTraditional Mexican coffee brewed with cinnamon and piloncillo (unrefined cane sugar), often made in a clay pot.
Colombia 🇨🇴TintoA small, strong black coffee, somewhat similar to an Americano but typically stronger in flavor.
Argentina 🇦🇷Café en JarritoSimilar to a long black coffee or an Americano, it’s served in a larger cup.
Cuba 🇦🇷Espresso cubanoA strong, sweet espresso shot, often sweetened with demerara sugar during the brewing process.
Puerto Rico 🇵🇷Café CortaditoSimilar to a cortado, it’s an espresso with a small amount of steamed milk.
All Spanish-speaking countriesCafé con LecheEqual parts espresso and steamed milk, similar to a latte.

2. How to order coffee in Spanish

The next Spanish phrases should help you when ordering coffee in any Spanish-speaking country. If you just take a quick glimpse on the sentences, you can immediately see that por favor is the common word in all of these chunks.

A vibrant Mexican café with folk art and sunlight, showcasing a shot of espresso on a saucer. Ideal spot to order coffee in Spanish

If you want to learn alternatives to por favor, I advise you to check another blog post on Spring Languages.

Here are the phrases in Spanish and translations in English, so you don’t get lost!

Phrase in SpanishEnglish
Quisiera un café, por favor.I would like a coffee, please.
Me pone un café solo, por favor.Can I have an espresso, please?
Un café con leche, por favor.A coffee with milk, please.
Un cortado, por favor.A cortado, please.
Me gustaría un café con hielo, por favor.I would like an iced coffee, please.
¿Me puede traer un capuchino, por favor?Can you bring me a cappuccino, please?
Un café americano, por favor.An Americano, please.
Quiero un café de olla, por favor.I want a Café de Olla, please.
Un café bombón, por favor.A Café Bombón, please.
Un carajillo, por favor.A Carajillo, please.
Un latte, por favor.A latte, please.
Un café cortadito, por favor.A cortadito, please.
Un café sin azúcar, por favor.A coffee without sugar, please.
Quisiera un café descafeinado, por favor.I would like a decaffeinated coffee, please.
¿Me puede traer un café con leche de soja?Can you bring me a coffee with soy milk?

Let’s imagine a short conversation in a restaurant between the waiter and you:

  • You: ¡Buenos días! [Good morning!]
  • Waiter: ¡Buenos días! ¿En qué puedo ayudarle? [Good morning! How can I help you?]
  • You: Quisiera un café con leche, por favor. [I would like a coffee with milk, please.]
  • Waiter: Claro, ¿algo más? [Sure, anything else?]
  • You: Sí, me pone también un cortado. [Yes, I would also like a cortado.]
  • Waiter: Perfecto. ¿Desea azúcar con su café? [Perfect. Would you like sugar with your coffee?]
  • You: No, gracias. Sin azúcar. [No, thank you. Without sugar.]
  • Waiter: Muy bien. Enseguida se lo traigo. [Very well. I will bring it right away.]
  • You: Gracias. [Thank you.]
  • Waiter: De nada. A disfrutar su café. [You’re welcome. Enjoy your coffee.]

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3. Order a coffee in Spanish with our without additives

Nowadays, more and more people are allergic to cow milk, or don’t want to consume too much sugar. So, we have different coffee additives – and they all help make coffee taste even better than it is normally.

You could say Un café con leche de soja, por favor if you want to order a coffee with soy milk; or if you want it with just a bit of honey, you could say Un café solo con un poco de miel, por favor.

Here’s all the Spanish vocabulary you have to know if you want something special:

Additive in SpanishEnglish
Leche de sojaSoy milk
Leche de almendraAlmond milk
Leche deslactosadaLactose-free milk
Azúcar morenoBrown sugar
Jarabe de vainillaVanilla syrup
Jarabe de carameloCaramel syrup
Jarabe de avellanaHazelnut syrup
Jarabe de almendraAlmond syrup
ChantillyWhipped cream

4. Coffee lover coffee culture: how much do they value coffee in Spanish culture?

Depending on where you are, coffee culture can be energetic, wide-spread or maybe it’s undervalued compared to tea. What’s the case with it in Spanish speaking countries?

In Spain, for example, a lot of people usually start their day with a café con leche together with a breakfast. Throughout the day, they might have another café solo (espresso) or a cortado. Coffee breaks are known as “los descansos” and they are pretty common: people come together in cafés to chat, catch up with friends or just take a break from work.

In Latin America, coffee is even more important than this: some countries are very well known for their high-quality coffees, like Colombia. These regions drink a lot of coffee, enjoy a tinto, drink more during the day to stay energetic and healthy.

A cortado on a saucer with the majestic Aconcagua mountain rising in the background. An ideal place to order coffee in Spanish

Coming together as a family or as a group of friends is common in both Spain and in Latin American countries. And this time, it’s not just about the drink; it’s about the company and the conversation.

Coffee is highly valued, but the appreciation for other beverages like matcha or mate tea is different in Europe and in the Americas.

In Spain, coffee is definitely more popular than matcha. In some American countries like Argentina, Paraguay, Mexico and Uruguay, mate (a traditional South American tea) is extremely popular and often enjoyed in social settings, similar to coffee.

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Order coffee in Spain, enjoy a decaffeinated coffee just for the taste – no matter what, it’s good to know how to order a coffee in Spanish. And it’s best enjoyed in social gatherings; maybe in meetups with other language learners?!

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