Do you speak coffee?

Published 16th December 2013
post thumbnail

 Java.  Joe.  Brew.  Black gold.  Battery acid. 

We have a lot of words for that highly popular hot, black, bean-based drink:  Coffee.

I was always a tea drinker, myself – even after coffee cafés began popping up in bookstores and replacing bars/pubs.  But I was increasingly feeling ‘left out’ of the social scene of the 2000s – the coffee house.  Comfy chairs, alternative music, a language of its own.  I even said to my husband just the other day, “Ya know, I think coffee places are the pubs of the 21st century.”  We no longer say, let’s meet for a drink.  We now say, let’s meet for a coffee.

Initially I was able to enjoy coffee houses if they had Chai Latte (‘the tea drinker’s coffee’ I call it),  but the day that changed everything was when I tried a dark chocolate mocha (heavy on the chocolate).  I was hooked!  Then cinnamon, vanilla, mocha, peppermint mocha….flavours galore!  And whipped cream, too!!

Indeed, coffee has become far more than just a quick hot drink to wake us up and keep us going.  The list of offerings take-up an entire wall.  Variations are in the hundreds – even thousands!  (And if you’re lucky, your barrista is artistic and can do a ‘picture’ in the foam!) The days of choice being strictly between a filtered regular or a filtered decaff are GONE.

In fact, coffee has become a whole social event – a ‘coffee culture’!  This new culture even includes its own language – tall, double-shot, skinny latte with 1 pump vanilla and whip, anyone?  And yes, sometimes eyes roll if a person doesn’t speak the language, like when the lady in front of me said ‘I just want a small coffee.’  The barrista waited for her to be more specific. A man behind me started to roll his eyes – clearly the lady was a ‘newbie’ to this culture as she did not speak the language or follow the custom of knowing exactly what you want before you get to the server.  Luckily the server was very kind and patient and talked her through the options, and I made a joke about how silly it has gotten.  In the end, she did get ‘just’ a cup of filtered coffee (though had to accept that it was a special, ‘limited’ roast from some far-away land with hints of this and that).

What do you think?  Do you find this new culture and its language fun? Easy? Silly? Confusing?

While I wait for your responses, I will just finish off my tall, skinny latte with cinnamon (no whip) in my special mug.  Yeah – I have a special mug.  Don’t even get me started on my coffee mug ‘collection’!

disney-institute-lingua-translations 178 × 75
amazon-lingua-translations 120 × 28
procter-gamble - Lingua Translations 114 × 92
london-partners-lingua-translations 154 × 101
Swansea City | Lingua Translations 154 x 146
Man City | Lingua Translations 154 × 154
FC_Barcelona_(crest) 154 × 156
Star_Wars_Logo.svg_-1 1280 × 773
FiFA | lingua Translations 154 × 86
The-Score 232x120
M & S 271 × 186
Walmart-Lingua Translations 232 × 65
Welsh Government & Lingua Translations 400 × 400
Costco & Lingua Translations 232 × 155


TUI-Group Testimonial 205 × 46 EN

Ian Chapman – Director of Holiday Experience –

“Lingua Translations provides instant multi-lingual options for TUI’s 24/7 Holidayline, so 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year TUI’s customers are connected to an interpreter instantaneously. This service is designed to help holidaymakers who find themselves in difficulty and require non-English language assistance.

The service offered by Lingua Translations provides us with instant translation for every destination we travel to, and has proved invaluable.”

Roland Garros 2018- Useful Vocab!

The French open 2018 Roland Garros is almost here!     On the 21st May, some of the best will take to the clay courts to compete for the French Grand Slam title. Now, when it comes to clay, we’re always going to think it will be Rafael Nadal, but this year, who knows! Could …

Read More

FIFA World Cup 2018 – Russia

FIFA World Cup 2018 The domestic football season has ended we now know our national champions for the year. Next up are the finals of the Champions League and some domestic tournaments. This can only mean 1 thing now – the internationals are approaching! The FIFA world cup is 1 month away! Every 4 years …

Read More
Get a quote today