How To Order Coffee In Valencia
Use this guide to learn how to order your coffee in Valencia! With so many local takes on coffee in Spain the number of this addictive drink’s names in Spanish regions can be overwhelming. Enjoy all the coffee types like a pro!
A Typical Morning Coffee
Café solo. Photo credit: camilo g. r.
Just a shot of a black strong coffee (espresso). Café solo is served in a tiny espresso cup. If you need extra caffeine to keep exploring Valencia, order a double portion: un café solo doble por favor.
With a Touch Of Milk
Café cortado. Photo credit: Alexandra Guerson
Café cortado is a shot of espresso with a tiny amount of milk. A very small difference in color from café solo: just a drop of milk. Very popular among locals in Valencia.
More milk please!
Café con leche.
For those who like it with a lot of milk there is café con leche. Your server will usually take the effort to warm up the milk before adding it to your café, in order to keep the drink warm.
Not So Strong Please
Café largo or café americano. Photo credit: Mark
An espresso shot with lots of water added to it – café largo de agua, also called café americano. Many tourists go for this option. For mild & diluted vesrion. But why not find your adventurous side and try other local coffee preparations ?!
The names ending in “et” are in the Valencian language, so you know this coffee is especially loved by locals in Valencia.
This is an espresso shot with a small amount of brandy or another alcoholic beverage of your choice.
An espresso shot with a bigger proportion of brandy or another alcoholic beverage, than tocaet. A popular coffee drink during colder months and an intrinsic part of the traditional Valencian breakfast esmorçaret (almuerzo in Spainsh), when office workers go to a nearby bar at 10 am for 20 minutes to enjoy their stuffed bread roll, office gossip and a cup of carajillo (or a glass of wine!)
Cremaet – the most Valencian coffee of all
Valencian coffee “cremaet”.
It takes about 5 minutes to prepare a good cremaet. So what is it?
An espresso shot with alcohol of your choice, where the alcohol and sugar are burned together (“cremar” in Valencian means “to burn”). A piece of lemon zest and a couple of roasted coffee beans are added for extra flavor. Not all the bars would offer it, because it’s time consuming (see the video below).
It’s served in traditional classic bars and taverns, such as La Pascuala.
Café del tiempo
Café del tiempo. Image credit: jgbarah
Known outside of the Valencian Community as cafe con hielo this is an espresso accompanied by a glass with ice in it. Add sugar to your coffee if you like and pour it over the ice – voila! Your summer iced coffee is served. Sometimes a slice of lemon is served along.
Try ordering café del tiempo in other parts of Spain – you will not be understood! Say “café con hielo” instead.
Café bombón. Image credit: LWYang
An espresso shot with a generous dash of condensed milk – very sweet! A perfect ending to your meal in the (short) colder months in Valencia!Now that you know how to order coffee in Valencia, maybe you would like to discover traditional and modern Valencian tapas? Come on my evening tapas tour to spend a fun evening in a small group while sampling great local tapas and wines!