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?
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.
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?
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.
and milk for a second and told you that Spaniards