How to Order Coffee in Colombia

Ording Coffee In Colombia

Most people can not start their day without a nice cup of coffee.  Colombia is known for its coffee beans and making a tasty brew.  With that in mind, let’s talk about how you would order all the different types of coffee in Colombia.  In the video, we are going to dive into several different ways to order coffee.  Now, we know people are crazy about their coffee so if we get the English side of things for the coffee wrong please take a breath and relax.  With that let’s take a look at how you would order a coffee in Colombia.

How to start

First, let’s start with how to get a coffee in the first place.

Me vende un… – (Vender: To sell)

Deme un… – (Dar: To Give)

However, it is possible you are going to hear this as well when people are ordering.

Me regala un… (Regalar: To give away)

No, you are not going to get it for free.  This is just an expression that is very common and you will hear it a lot in Colombia when people are asking for something or a favor.

Now for the coffee

coffee and water – un tinto
latte/coffee and milk – café con leche
coffee, water, and milk – perico
iced coffee – café con hielo
coffee slush – granizado
frappuccino – nevado
iced latte – latte hielo
coffee with aguardiente – carajillo

Now let’s look at a few other words around the topic of coffee that you might want to know.

decaffeinated – descafeinado

Coffee Sizes

small – pequeño
medium – mediano
large – grande


whole milk – leche entera
semi-skimmed milk – leche semidescremada
skimmed milk – descremada
almond milk – leche de almendras
soy milk – leche de soya
lactose free milk – leche deslactosada


Brown Sugar – azúcar morena
Sugar – azúcar
unrefined whole Cane Sugar – panela

Here or to go?

The last thing we have to go over is if you want your coffee to drink at the coffee shop or to go.

For here – para aquí
to go – para llevar


Now you have everything you need to get a cup of coffee in Colombia.  If you want to practice you will find exercises at the end of the video to test your new coffee knowledge.

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