kah22 Senior Member Joined: 26 Nov 2010 Posts: 14 Location: Ireland Expertise: Just starting
Posted Wed Jun 8, 2011, 2:40pm Subject: Spanish Coffee
Was out with a friend last night and we ate in a restaurant we'd never been in before. The friend who once lived in Spain ordered a coffee which consisted of a shot of coffee and a little ice cream on the top.
I thought it was something like cafe compalla but in a Google search the nearest I could find was Caffe Con Panna, which consists of a shot of coffee with loads of whipped cream on top.
Anybody know what coffee with ice cream on top is called, and what is the recipe. Like to do a bit of showing off :)
ATLexpress Senior Member Joined: 23 Feb 2006 Posts: 11 Location: Atlanta Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Thu Jun 9, 2011, 8:44am Subject: Re: Spanish Coffee
I spent a lot of time in Spain (though that was a few years ago) and never saw anyone put ice cream in their coffee. The typical espresso variations are "cortado" - an espresso with a dash of milk, "con leche" with a lot of milk and typical in the morning only, cappucchino, and, my favorite, "un carajillo" - espresso with a dash of brandy (which I have seen served in the morning in the more quotidien bars). In the hotter months one might ask for an espresso (or simply "un cafe") "con hielo al lado" - with ice on the side. The Spaniards generally use a lot of sugar in their coffee. The hot espresso is sweetened and then poured over the ice.
The only thing I can think of for a coffee with ice cream would be "cafe con helado".
Posted Thu Jun 9, 2011, 8:56am Subject: Re: Spanish Coffee
Do they roast their beans to "Spanish Roast"? Not joking here, very curious.
"Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water." ~The Women's Petition Against Coffee, 1674
Richardofswansea Senior Member Joined: 29 Aug 2012 Posts: 1 Location: Cardiff, United Kingdom Expertise: I like coffee
Posted Wed Aug 29, 2012, 5:00am Subject: Re: Spanish Coffee
A late response, but you might be interested in a story I heard years ago (I can't refer you to the source but I'm pretty sure I've remembered it correctly).
Michael Portillo was a prominent conservative British politician whose father came to Britain as a refugee from Franco's Spain. Years after the end of the Spanish Civil War the heat had died down enough for the Portillos to visit Spain on holiday. Franco was still in charge, so people still needed to be careful what they said and how they acted.
Senor Portillo Senior, not liking the way the country had changed since he left, wandered around grumbling under his breath. He could take no more when he tried to order his favourite coffee from before the war - an espresso and icecream concoction called 'Blanco y Negro' (black and white), only to discover that because 'Blanco y Negro' was associated with the Republican side in the war, the coffee had been renamed 'Nacional'.
He started to shout about the Francoists and how they'd spoilt everything, even changed the name of the coffee, and had to be dragged off by his family before the Guardia Civil got involved.
Visiting Spain after reading this, I kept an eye out for Blanco y Negro on cafe menus. It doesn't seem to be common, but in Barcelona I found one place that sold it - as Blanco y Negro, not as Nacional.
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