Spanish Coffee Culture:Torrefacto

What is “torrefacto”? 

Mezcla, torrefacto …

how do we even pronounce these words?


Since we wanted to decode these two,

we’ve decided to dig into the Spanish coffee culture

and see what it is all about.

Buckle up, because we are going to Spain.



When we say Spain, 

what are the things that come to your mind?

La Siesta? 


Antoni Gaudí?

Ibiza Parties? 



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We’d need the whole day to write about Spain 

and all of the things you can eat,

visit and experience in this Mediterranean country

and we will take that day

because Spain deserves more people talking about its beauty.



We are here for something else called Spanish Coffee Culture.

Maybe it’s nothing compared to the Italian Coffee Culture 

but don’ underestimate the Spanish one.


Spaniards love their cup of coffee anytime of the day.


If you’d like only coffee for breakfast then move to Spain.

Coffee breakfast sounds fun.

First, let’s learn what mezcla and torrefacto are. 


Torrefacto is the way you ground your beans. 


A certain amount of sugar is added to the bean during roasting 

(no more than 15% of the total). 


During roasting, the coffee beans

reach temperatures as high as 200°C (392°F)

which enables the sugar in the beans

to caramelize and stick to the beans,

which give them their unique color.


In case you were wondering who brought torrefacto to Spain,

we made sure we had the answer for you.

His name is José Gómez Tejedor. 


Somewhere online, we can’t unfortunately find it where right now,

we read that he is the reason why coffee in Spain is bad.

This made us giggle. 

We are sure it can’t be that bad.


Remember, it’s not better or worse, just different.


Since the torrefacto has its distinctive flavor 

you may not like it at first,

that’s why they sell 50% natural. 50% torrefacto.


What is mezcla?

This is called the mixture or mezcla.

You can find both of these in bars in Spain,

depending on a city, a bar and their policy.



Usually, you do have a choice between

sugar and non sugar coated beans. 

What we recommend is to do a research on cafes that offer mezcla,

if you are not a fan of torrefacto.



Do you want to 

order coffee in Spanish?

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So, you want to visit Spain, 

you’ve been learning Español for too long now,

and it’s time to visit it, right?



You are excited, you go to a cafe somewhere in Madrid 

and want to use the phrase

you’ve learned un café por favor 

and the waiter (el camarero)

brought you a café con leche 

and you totaly had café americano in mind.



If you’d like to get the coffee you really want

in a Spanish cafe, please make sure you learn the names.

It’ll make your stay much easier, trust us.

Nothing bad will happen but why not prepare in advance.


For example café con leche is prepared with 

equal parts espresso and milk. 

It can be served with both cold and warm milk, your choice.


If you’re in a bit of a hurry 

and can’t wait for the steamed milk to cool,

you can ask for leche fría o leche templada (cold or lukewarm milk).



If you’d like a quick espresso, order your café solo and enjoy.


Feeling hot during the sunny days in Spain 

and you are craving coffee?

This sounds like a good tagline for the spanish coffee type 

called café con hielo.

Let’s translate it as iced coffee.



What if we forgot about coffee 

and milk for a second and told you that Spaniards
have coffee they mix with rum, whisky or brandy?
It reminds us of caffee corretto but this one’s called Carajillo.
Anyhow, visiting Spain can be one of the best decision you can ever make.
You can find restaurants, cafes, bars on every corner
and enjoy any coffee type you’d like with your friends.
It’s all about taking your time with it, enjoying every sip and connecting.



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