Like Coffee? Here are 5 ways you can order it in France while on your bike tour:
Just when you thought it couldn’t get more complicated with ordering coffee in the States, “Yes, I’d like a double venti, half-caff, hazelnut cappuccino with extra foam”…. now you’re headed over to France and will have to order coffee in French! Well, don’t worry, the options are actually a lot simpler, so once you get the lingo down, you’ll be all set!
And just to note: the French don’t typically order their coffees with milk or cream after breakfast. Milk/Cream is considered for breakfast only. That’s not to say that you can’t order one, but you may get a funny look with your Cafe au Lait after dinner. (but you can still order it!)
- un café: quite literally, a coffee. However, if you order “un café“, you will most likely get an espresso (“express” in French). Occasionally, the server realizing that you are not French, may ask if you want an express/espresso just to confirm that’s what you want and not another type of coffee drink (see below).
- un café au lait: coffee with heated milk. Often served in a large cup with lots of milk. (and for the French, for breakfast).
- une noisette: literally “a hazelnut”, because of the rich, dark color. It is not hazelnut flavored. Instead it’s an espresso with a dash of cream.
- un café léger / un café american: you may see these used interchangeably, but they are technically different things. The bottom line is though, if you want a weaker (more American style) coffee, you’ll want to order one of these. A café léger is an espresso mixed with extra hot water and a café american is filtered coffee.
- un café décafféiné: a decaf coffee. Also commonly referred as a “déca”.