How to Order a Coffee in Gran Canaria

You might already know that “cafe” is the Spanish word for coffee and, to take it a step further, “cafe con leche” is coffee with milk. But how would you order a decaf or an espresso?

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What about if you are visiting Las Palmas or Vecindario and the bar or restaurant staff don’t speak English?

Here is our coffee ordering guide including the pronunciations:

Cafe Solo: (cah-fay soh-loh) Espresso

Cafe con Leche: (cah-fay con leh-chay) Coffee with lots of frothy milk

Leche Leche: (leh-chay leh-chay) Coffee with a layer of condensed milk at the bottom

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Cortado: (cor-tar-doh) Coffee with a little milk

Carajillo: (cah-rah-hee-yo) Coffee with a tot of rum (sometimes half coffee, half alcohol, depends on the bar or restaurant – quite a dangerous breakfast!)

Cafe con Hielo: (cah-fay con ee-yay-loh) An espresso with a glass of ice cubes (a kind of DIY iced coffee!)

Cafe Asiatico: (cah-fay ah-see-ah-ti-koh) Coffee with cinnamon, condensed milk and a tot of rum or brandy (I think it’s foul but some people like it!)

Leche Manchado: (leh-chay man-chah-doh) Frothy milk with a tiny trace of coffee

Cafe Descafeinado: (cah-fay des-cah-fee-nah-doh) Decaf coffee

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A lot of coffee used to be produced in the Canaries but the cheaper prices of Brazilian and Vietnamese coffee meant a drastic cut in Canarian coffee production. However it is still the most popular drink on the island and 99% of Canarians start the day with a cup of coffee as well as whatever Canarian cooking they are having for their breakfast!

1 Comment

  1. Bjørn Christian Bibow

    Hallo!
    Do you have Davidhoff povder Coffee on Gran Canaria !

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