Coffee culture in Argentina.
I love coffee, I always have. A few things in life beat an early morning cup of coffee. People in Argentina love it too. It is not surprising that Buenos Aires is one of the cities with the most coffee shops in the world. You find one on every street corner and everywhere you look tables and chairs are standing outside. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee invite you to sit down and have a cafecito.
The atmosphere of a coffee shop in Argentina adds to the magic.
The coffee in itself is an experience but the atmosphere makes it special. People gather in shops and discuss news, politics, football and any subject that they find interesting. People are in no hurry to leave and a coffee encounter with friends could take a couple of hours. Don’t expect to find a quiet coffee shop. People are talking non-stop and everybody is enjoying the time with friends. All coffee shops have the latest newspapers available at the door and many people sit down and read the paper from back to front.
I really love restaurants in Argentina because they are in no hurry to get you out. Most of the times you have to ask for the bill and it is considered rude for the waiter to bring the bill with your cup of coffee.
A great place for students.
In McDonalds for example students often sit in more quiet areas and study. Waiters will walk around and fill up their mugs free of charge! Most of the shops are in old buildings and have a long history with the city. Some places are almost like museums and the décor is incredible. If you love old buildings and architecture then this will add even more joy to your early morning necessity.
How to drink coffee in Argentina.
In Argentina people like their coffee very strong. It is served in a small or big cup. In some places café doble is extra strong and café solo normal black coffee. I prefer coffee with milk and I am still not getting used to the strong coffee. I don’t think I ever will! So I always order café con leche (Coffee with milk). If you want java with chocolate then order a Submarino.
Breakfast here is not big. It consists of a freshly baked medialuna or factura. Commonly known in the rest of the world as a pastry. The Medialuna can be sweet or salty. They are very tasty especially when they come warm from the oven. It is served with a small glass of Soda water to clean the palate.
I always tell people visiting Argentina, to sit down in a restaurant, order a cafecito and take notice of your environment. See the life through the eyes of a local and how it si done here in Argentina.
"No one can understand the truth until he drinks of coffee’s frothy goodness."