How To Order 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. Use this guide to learn how to order your coffee in Valencia… And enjoy ordering all of the coffee types like a pro!
This coffee guide was originally posted on September 18th, 2016 and updated on August 18th, 2017.
Café Solo – A Typical Morning Coffee
A shot of espresso – café solo.
Valencians (and Spaniards in general) usually start their day with café solo. It is simply a shot of a black 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!
Café Cortado – Just A Touch Of Milk
Café cortado is a shot of espresso with a short dash of milk. A very small difference in color from café solo.
Very popular among locals in Valencia.
A café solo or café cortado are the most common digestive endings of lunch in Spain.
Café Con Leche – Not a Cappuccino!
Café con leche – a delicious Spanish coffee with milk foam.
If you love cappuccino, this is the closest version you will get in most bars in Spain.
If you venture out and order a cappuccino, what you might get is a whipped cream from a dispenser on top of your coffee – not ideal!
So for those who enjoy a milk foam, there is café con leche. Your server will usually make the effort to warm up the milk before adding it to your café.
Café Largo – American Coffee
A typical breakfast enjoyed across Spain – a café con leche and a couple of toasts with tomato and jamón serrano.
An espresso shot with lots of water added to it – café largo de agua, also called café americano.
Many foreigners, who are not used to the strong Spanish coffee, will opt for this.
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
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. But that’s not it.
First, 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 serve cremaet, simply because it’s time consuming to make one! (See video below).
Cremaet is served in traditional classic bars and taverns. Look for it at bars that serve Valencian substantial mid-morning breakfast – almuerzo!
Café Del Tiempo – The “Weather” Coffee
Café del tiempo in Valencia.
Known outside of the Valencian Community as cafe con hielo (coffee with ice), this is an espresso accompanied by another glass -with ice in it.
Add sugar to your coffee, if you like, stir and pour it over the ice – voila! Your summer iced coffee is served. Many times in Valencia 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).
An espresso shot with a generous dash of condensed milk. No wonder it receives the name “candy”!
A perfect sweet ending to your meal in the 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!
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