Ordering and drinking a coffee isn’t quite as straightforward as it should be, thanks to the old language barrier… but we’re here to help you beginners out with some very handy tips to make sure you get the coffee you really want!
Cafes in Israel are the best place to sip on a coffee, and are definitely worth checking out for the experience. For the ultimate cafe experience, check out the incredibly strong cafe culture in Tel Aviv; it’s no accident Tel Aviv is now known as the cafe capital of the world.
There is an incredible mix of cafes to choose from (here are some of the best cafes in Tel Aviv): once you’ve settled on one, it’s time to start practicing your new lexicon of coffee terms…
First things first, ordering yourself “a coffee” will not result in the typical milky coffee you will have gotten back home. If you order a coffee you’ll get the Israeli version, a rich, black Turkish coffee. You might actually get to love those Turkish coffees (also known as botz, or mud!), but just be careful when first ordering. To get that milky coffee you’re after (the standard type, not the espresso/cappuccino style we’ll talk about below), you’ll want to order a Nescafe. Yes, yes, you’ll need to order a Nescafe (and no, Israeli coffee isn’t sponsored by Nestle’s Nescafe brand many of us know and love…) if you want a regular coffee.
Moving on to ordering an espresso, you’ll want to take the following in mind:
Ordering tips for other coffees:
These are the basics, and should be mastered by any coffee aficionado worth his milk and visiting the Holy Land for the first time…bear in mind there are a variety of other coffees to savor but these should see you through any visit to Israel. And if you ever get stuck, most cafes have pretty decent service, with waiters more than happy to help out a tourist in distress…