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Coffee culture in Spain.

Postby scotty » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:02 pm

In Ireland we have a great coffee culture and some really good coffee shops. As an observation I note a lack of good coffee shops where you can have a "real latte" etc etc & not a coffee with foam on top 8) . I must admit that I can remember a time in Ireland whenn all coffee was from a jar (pre celtic tiger) is it just that spain is behind the UK and Ireland or will people not pay for good coffee and good surroundings (leather couches & arm chairs) ?

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Re: Coffee culture in Spain.

Postby K chameleon » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:14 pm

We can sit for a couple of hours in the sun (on uncomfortable plastic chairs) chatting over a couple of cafe sombra's( you might prefer a nube). If they had comfy seats, they'd never get rid of us.
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Re: Coffee culture in Spain.

Postby janda_grant2 » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:31 pm

Who say's spanish coffees no good - ever tried a flat white in Australia? Give me fresh ground con leche any day!!
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Re: Coffee culture in Spain.

Postby scotty » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:32 pm

€3 for a tall latte in Ireland ! 8)

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Re: Coffee culture in Spain.

Postby crazyred » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:35 pm

The '"real lattes" that you get in the UK and in America was taken from the Italian breakfast drink Cafe latte and commercialised by the Americans into what it is now. In Italy, the only time for cafe latte is in a soup sized cup for breakfast with bread or biscuits to dunk in it. I'd much rather drink my cafe con leche (without foam) sitting outside in the sun than sprawled about on a leather sofa inside, you just don't have the weather for it in the UK which is why they have to make the interior more appealing.

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Re: Coffee culture in Spain.

Postby K chameleon » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:39 pm

Or 'Mellow Birds, can make you :) ' Nope, I think it would taste like dishwater now.

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Re: Coffee culture in Spain.

Postby spanish_lad » Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:15 am

crazyred wrote:The '"real lattes" that you get in the UK and in America was taken from the Italian breakfast drink Cafe latte and commercialised by the Americans into what it is now. In Italy, the only time for cafe latte is in a soup sized cup for breakfast with bread or biscuits to dunk in it. I'd much rather drink my cafe con leche (without foam) sitting outside in the sun than sprawled about on a leather sofa inside, you just don't have the weather for it in the UK which is why they have to make the interior more appealing.



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Re: Coffee culture in Spain.

Postby crazyred » Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:33 am

My Nonna (grandma) used to give me yesterday's bread. You'd break your teeth on it if you tried to eat it plain but it was loooooovely dipped in your morning coffee :D :D :D

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Re: Coffee culture in Spain.

Postby frog » Mon Apr 20, 2009 2:45 am

coffee from a good machine should be either solo/espresso or white

all this gimmicky rubbish just cost you more you fools in the uk

and expat that came in my place only ever got

con leche ,cortado or sombre when ordering white,any more is stupid,they never knew the difference if they asked for nube etc..

i hated the stupid snobs,might have spat in a few too
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Re: Coffee culture in Spain.

Postby scotty » Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:02 am

frog wrote:
i hated the stupid snobs,might have spat in a few too


***What a balanced and repulsive post. Please desist from posting in this thread Frog if this is your level of post.***

But back on topic. I am curious to see if anyone has found a nice coffee shop. One where the decor makes you want to hang around and have another coffee or a sandwich ? At this stage in my hunt the shop is more important than the beverages 8) .

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Re: Coffee culture in Spain.

Postby Babby » Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:31 am

There is a lovely coffee shop in "La Veronica" Antequera on the first floor. I have to say I do agree with Frog, the Americans have made such a big event of coffee (Starbucks, just look at the prices). In Spain its with no frills but its good coffee, I could never go back to drinking the instant stuff I used to drink inthe UK.

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Re: Coffee culture in Spain.

Postby anis » Mon Apr 20, 2009 10:12 am

There's a good indoors style coffee shop in the back streets of AeGrande, very popular with the Spanish and packed out in winter.
Spain's coffee culture exists, but outside, in the sun watching the world go by. What about the chocolate culture too - I think they make lovely hot chocolate drinks in the cafes in winter, especially those laced with a little brandy - invigorating yet comforting on a cold rainy day.
I am a tea drinker but will often have a spanish cafe con leche and at €1.25 a cup. I am quite happy with those prices but I wouldn't buy overly expensive coffee lates in UK, I enjoy the Spanish cafe con leches more and the price doesn't make me choke whilst drinking it.
The Spanish bar owners are proud of the standard of their coffee and take the time to prepare it correctly as they should do. Some prefer Tamazor whilst another will select a different supplier and proudly boast his is better.

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Re: Coffee culture in Spain.

Postby K chameleon » Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:41 am

Hi Scotty, I'm a relative newbie on here, but my advise is to take Frogs posts with a pinch of salt. (Now there's a thought, would they shrivel up like slugs or snails?).
I can relate to him playing the fool at times, to 'get a bite'.
Looks like he's been here a while, and unfortunately all the nasty people have visited his bar at one time or another.

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Re: Coffee culture in Spain.

Postby masterob » Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:44 am

At home we are staunch tea drinkers but in a Spanish cafe/bar only drink cafe con leche and it´s always excellent and very reasonably priced. Had visitors once who insisted on ordering tea in a local bar and were given a glass of tepid milk with a tea bag dangling in it.

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Re: Coffee culture in Spain.

Postby spanish_lad » Mon Apr 20, 2009 1:24 pm

anis wrote:There's a good indoors style coffee shop in the back streets of AeGrande, very popular with the Spanish and packed out in winter.

I am a tea drinker but will often have a spanish cafe con leche and at €1.25 a cup. I am quite happy with



€1.25 ?? :shock: where are you drinking ? a coffee should be a max of €1 still ?
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Re: Coffee culture in Spain.

Postby karandjon » Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:52 pm

spanish_lad wrote:
€1.25 ?? :shock: where are you drinking ? a coffee should be a max of €1 still ?


SL - When we pop across to Portugal, we´re still paying 50cents a coffee! :lol:

Incidentally, here in Spain, whilst i´ve not been drinking coffee the past few months, i have just asked for hot milk....how much is that?..you´ve guessed it...the same price as a coffee! €1!!
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Re: Coffee culture in Spain.

Postby gus » Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:48 pm

The one thing I always complain about when we are back in the UK is the price of a cup of coffee in all these "coffee bars"!!!!!!!!
If they can do it in Spain for £1 a cup, why the h#ll is it so expensive in the UK?

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Re: Coffee culture in Spain.

Postby spanish_lad » Mon Apr 20, 2009 10:44 pm

i guess it is about 3 or 4 times the size of a spanish coffee tho?
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Re: Coffee culture in Spain.

Postby masterob » Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:57 pm

If they can do it in Spain for £1 a cup, why the h#ll is it so expensive in the UK?


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Re: Coffee culture in Spain.

Postby frog » Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:39 am

frog wrote:

i hated the stupid snobs,might have spat in a few too

***What a balanced and repulsive post. Please desist from posting in this thread Frog if this is your level of post.***


yeh right

what you do not understand is the annoying thing that ex-pats do as soon as they get off the plane,suddenly they turn into spanish wannabees by asking for and i quote 'dos cafe con leche grandey'

this is in english bars,i used to give them 2 coffee and brandys just to see if they said anything,9/10 didnt

by the way scotty,ever sent a meal back in a restaurant,ive seen a few things happen over the years so i hope you have
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