Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Cafe con leche and Catalan crème
First of all, a further and final note on coffee. In my travels through Spain (and France too) I've had many different coffees. In France, I learnt soon to ask for a 'cafe au lait', which essentially proved to be a smallish and strong cafe latte. In Spain, the term is 'cafe con leche' for essentially the same thing. What is different in Spain, however, is the process. Invariably one is presented with a shot of espresso in a cup, and the milk is provided separately in a jug, often poured by the waiter/bartender. I grew to rather like the ritual involved -- and the coffee was just about always great. I did start to hanker for a large skim flat white/latte after a while (there are no large skim milk coffees in Spain or France), and succumbed to Starbucks on my final day in Barcelona, but aside from that the coffee experience was extremely positive. It was also quite a deal cheaper than at home.