Linda G. Hill

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NanoPoblano Day 18 – …okay, not really. But there’s coffee!

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Saying it’s been a rough couple of days is an understatement of mammoth proportions. But the time’s finally here: I’m packed (almost) and just about ready to wake up to a day of traveling. By this time tomorrow night I’ll be a little more than half-way across the Pacific Ocean on my way to sunny (or actually, according to the forecast probably rainy) Tokyo. I’ve mapped out my route from the train station to the hotel this time, so no more wandering the streets until my legs threaten to fall off.

Since I won’t be around for a while, I thought I’d post this tonight. It’s something you can all discuss amongst yourselves in the comments. The subject is coffee. Who doesn’t love coffee? (That’s not what I want to discuss, but if you have to… just try not to get into any fights, okay? Some of us are pretty passionate about our caffeinated beverages.)

What I’m really interested in is how you all go about ordering coffee. In Japan you ask for “kohi” (pronounced almost like coffee) but I was warned that if I don’t want something I can suspend a spoon in, I should always request an “American kohi.” So there’s that.

Last time I was in London, I ordered a coffee and they asked me if I wanted it “black” or “white.” … coffee’s black, right? So I ordered black. The look I got when I asked for cream could have backed up a parked truck. I was told off that I should have ordered it “white” in the first place. Lesson learned.

Here in Canada on the other hand, we ask more for what we want IN our coffee than we actually order coffee. If you walk into a Tim Horton’s and ask for a “double-double,” they’ll give you a cup of steamy deliciousness with two shots of cream and two spoonsfull of sugar. There’s no question that what you want is coffee – everyone wants coffee! Right? Right. Of course Starbucks is a different story altogether. No matter what country you’re in, if you don’t brush up on your Italian at the door you can expect a tutorial before you empty your wallet.

What about where you live? Or where you’ve traveled to? Talk about it with each other and I’ll read all your anecdotes the next time I go online… IN JAPAN!!

See you on the flipside!

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14 thoughts on “NanoPoblano Day 18 – …okay, not really. But there’s coffee!

  1. Have fun! My husband once ordered a latte in Milano and got a glass of warm milk.

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  2. I had no need to order coffee from a human being in Japan when there were so many interesting options available via vending machine!

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  3. Safe travels!!! Have lots of fun!!!

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  4. Have a great trip! 🙂 In Korea! lmao!

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  6. I loooove coffee, but the caffeine is bad for my brain. In Florida, you can easily find Cuban coffee, which is delicious and rich, but has enough caffeine to send me into a fit. I also love Turkish coffee, but it’s almost as caffeinated. The coffee life is hard for Joeys. lol I’m safe at Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts about 99% of the time, but the safest coffee is made at home, by me 🙂

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  7. Coffee is black poison. I prefer water. Clear.

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  8. Nah ah! Tea rules! hahaha Put that in your bag and steep it!

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  9. When I was in Spain, I had to learn to ask for “coffee with milk” – in Spanish. In South Africa, depending on whether it’s a franchise that uses the “in” (read “international”) coffee terms, then you’re away. Otherwise it’s a coffee and the server asks if you want it with hot or cold milk (not cream!)….. Simple, really, right?

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  10. Wish you a happy vacation Linda and enjoy Japan 😀
    If you travel in South Europe, you will also need to order American coffee to get more than few drops very, very strong coffee. In North Europe they make filter coffee and you need to order special, if you wish cream and sugar. Mostly people there drink black coffee without anything inside.
    Many here in Spain are drinking their coffee either with milk and sugar or with alcohol.

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  11. When I am travelling outside India, I bother with only three choices:
    a) Americano (black, if you want add cream for yourself coffee),
    b) Espresso (sometimes I need a double shot of this, adding cream / milk to this is considered a sin)
    c) Cappucino (with loads of foamy milk and very less coffee at the bottom)
    And within India, if you are in the Southern parts or in a South Indian Restaurant, only “Filter Coffee” (and no they are not the same as the one you have elsewhere…. you should try it to know it) and most of North India prefers Chai/Tea (not the one with the dip tea bags…)

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