Coffee heaven

cortadoI don’t think there are enough words to explain how great it is to be able to order coffee the way I like it without having to go through lengthy explanations of how I want it done. In France, all I had to do is ask for a café noisette and here in Spain I ask for a cortado (or tallat in Catalan). No eyebrows get raised and back they come with exactly what I wanted: a long espresso with a bit of hot milk. In Toronto I always have to explain that I want an espresso with a bit of hot milk. “You mean, a latte?” In North America, a latte is usually a short espresso with at least a cup of hot milk added to it making it more of a coffee-flavoured milk than a real coffee. So I have to say, “No, it’s not a latte. It’s an espresso, made in an espresso cup, with hot milk to the top”. In some places I can make myself understood by saying it’s a macchiato with more milk than foam. It’s always a struggle. But for the next month, I don’t have to worry about it. All I say is “un cortado, por favor/ un tallat si us plau”.

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Author: guerson

Born and raised in Brazil, a Canadian stole my heart and took me to Canada in 1999. After seven years between Montreal and Toronto, we then moved to Barcelona, Spain, where I did research for my PhD thesis. This blog began as a chronicle of our adventures while living in Barcelona and exploring the old world and has acquired a life of its own after we moved back to Canada.

2 thoughts on “Coffee heaven”

  1. Graças a você eu aprendi a pedir meu “latte” por aqui porque gosto justamente do contrário: pouco café e muito leite.
    Quando for a Brasil não deixe de experimentar o café da Kopenhagen. Pra mim eles têm o melhor café com leite do mundo.
    Beijos.

  2. oi alex. que inveja de vc estar em bcn. Sabia que meu maior arrependimento foi não ter tomado um tallat com vcs naquele primeiro dia em que nos conhecemos? Vocês pediram e eu não… teria sido tão bom…

    bjos

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