Coffee in Argentina

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We know they take soccer pretty seriously in Argentina. So, as the Argentinian team faces off against Germany today in the much talked-about FIFA World Cup final game, we thought wed take a look just how seriously the country takes its coffee.

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In short, coffee is a big deal in Argentina. Thanks to its European heritage, the country has a sophisticated coffee culture that is over a century old. The capital city of Buenos Aires has a thriving cafe scene to rival that of Paris and Milan, and a tour of the citys historic cafes is a must for any visitor.

Some aficionados say you cannot say you have truly visited Argentina until youve sat in a cafe and sipped a cortado.One can almost picture literary greats such as Jorge Luis Borges sitting back and sipping his cortado it is said that the renowned Argentinian writer wrote many of his masterpieces while enjoying coffee in his local Buenos Aires cafe.

Here are a few facts about how best to order and enjoy coffee in Argentina:

The Cortado is the Argentinian equivalent of a macchiato (an espresso which has been cut with a dash of milk, to take the edge off the bitterness) and is the most commonly ordered style of coffee in Argentina.

Order a Cafe and youll receive the equivalent of a shot of espresso in a small espresso cup.

A Cafeen jarrito is virtually a double espresso, served in a slightly larger espresso cup or mini mug.

Cafe con crema is essentially the same as a cortado, but with a dash of cream instead of milk.

Cafe con leche is essentially half coffee and half milk, and not unlike cappuccino in Italy, it is largely considered a breakfast drink.

On the other hand, the Argentinian version of a cappuccino, a Capuchino, is usually served in a slender transparent glass, with clearly visible layers of coffee, milk and froth, topped with a little cinnamon or chocolate. 

And, unlike in Italy (or with a cafecon leche) the locals wont laugh if you order it in the afternoon or evening.

Those who prefer a hot chocolate drink to a coffee, the Submarino is a must-try. It is essentially a glass of warm, frothy milk into which a bar of chocolate is submerged!

In a uniquely Argentinian touch, no matter what coffee you order, it is customarily served with a glass of sparkling water and a small piece of cake or a couple of cookies. As a result, it is the Argentinian way to drink coffee at a leisurely pace and it is almost never taken to-go by the locals.

So there you go now you know how to order coffee like a local in Argentina. Wed like to wish good luck to Argentina and their fellow coffee-loving German opponents today in World Cup final match. The way we like to look at it, no matter who takes home the World Cup, its a victory for coffee.