This blog post was originally posted on April 4, 2016 and was updated on May 24, 2017
Coffee is certainly an important part of the day in Malaga. Many people have a cup when they wake up in the morning with just a light breakfast to tide them over until their second breakfast (yes, that’s right, two breakfasts!) and coffee break around 11:30 a.m.
Then there’s another chance to enjoy a cup of joe in the afternoon, and, if you’re a real enthusiast, you can even have coffee after dinner. With all that caffeine it’s a wonder people aren’t buzzing around all day!
Of course, a good cup of coffee is hard to come by. Here in Malaga, it’s all about knowing how to order the perfect cup! In fact, there’s even a special lingo that you should know before ordering your coffee to make sure that you get it just right.
This special terminology started at Café Central in Plaza de la Constitución, just at the end of Calle Larios. They began to use special terms for the ways to order coffee in Málaga and it just kind of stuck and became the norm.
How to Order a Coffee in Malaga
- un café solo: black
- un café largo: extra strong
- un semilargo: strong
- un solo corto: espresso
- un mitad or “sol y sombra”: literally, “half” or “sun and shade.” Half milk, half coffee
- un entrecorto: semi short
- un corto: short—more or less the same as an espresso shot
- un sombra: literally, “shade” or “shadow,” used to refer to the amount of coffee vs. milk. Here, there is about a third of the glass coffee and two thirds milk. This is opposed to the “mitad,” or half and half.
- un nube: literally, “cloud.” This cute name refers to a lot of milk and just a splash of coffee.
- no me lo pongas: This last one is actually a joke—it means “don’t give me anything.” In other words, if you don’t want a “nube,” you might as well not bother having coffee!