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Not Just a Cup of Coffee!! Your Guide to Spanish Coffee

The Spanish love their coffee and it is as much a part of everyday life as tapas or wine! Below are a list of the different types of coffee that can be sampled in any restaurant or bar.

Cafe Solo

Small strong black coffee usually served in a small glass, popular around 11am when workers come into bars for the main breakfast of the day.

Cafe Americano

Not traditionally Spanish but slightly weaker than a cafe solo and served in a larger glass with a little more water.

Cafe con leche

Probably the most popular with tourists, half cafe solo, half hot milk, served either in a glass or cup.

Cafe Sombra or Manchada

(sometimes called leche manchada): Largely milk with a dash of coffee! The name sombra means shade and mancha means stain, effectively staining the milk with a very small amount of coffee.

Cafe Carajillo

A shot-sized glass with brandy and a small glass of cafe solo beside. The brandy is set alight and when all the alcohol has burned off the cafe solo is poured into the glass – perfect morning tipple particularly on a cold day!

Cafe Bombon

Perfect for a sweet tooth! Condensed milk is poured into the bottom of a glass, then cafe solo is poured on top – slowly! The drink remains half black and half white until it is mixed.

Cafe Belmonte

The same method as a cafe bombon but brandy is added

Cafe Asiatico:

This coffee is known only to the region of Cartagena, reaching to Murcia. Thought to have been imported from north africa, the method is the same as the cafe bombon, but slightly more complicated. A coffee bean is added, plus lemon rind, a liquer called “43” topped off with ground cinnamon – absolutely fabulous as a hot toddy and off to bed!!


The Yachtsman Irish Pub & Restaurant, The Marina, San Pedro del Pinatar

Puerto Deportivo, Villa de San Pedro, San Pedro del Pinatar, Murcia

Contact: 00 34 600 749 181

A recently extended Irish bar & restaurant, located within the Puerto Deportivo Marina of San Pedro, making it an interesting focal point for those wishing to explore the Salinas and nature reserve which are an important feature of this coastline.

The Yachtsman has an extensive outdoor seating area, with some seating overlooking the marina – a perfect place to sit, enjoying a coffee while watching the boats and sailing activity. It offers a varied menu including an excellent menu del dia for 9.50 Euros, Monday to Friday. The Sunday carvery (2pm to 4pm) is highly recommended serving a traditional roast with all the usual trimmings for an unbeatable 9.50 Euros! Booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

The Yachtsman also offers sailing packages, unique to the Marina. Costing approx. 49 euros per person, morning or afternoon sailings are available with meals included.

Sailing Packages
Morning Sail Afternoon Sail
Breakfast Menu del Dia
3hr Sail 3hr Sail
Menu del Dia Afternoon Tea

The package is available for groups of between 4 and 7, making it a really interesting and enjoyable alternative for those on holiday or for special occasions such as birthdays or family celebrations.

Ghurka Durbar Restaurant, Los Alcazares, Murcia

Calle Viena 61, CC Euro Roda, San Javier 30739, Murcia

Contact Ghurka Durbar
Phone Mobile
00 34 968 593 198 00 34 637 053 809

Receive a warm welcome from Khim and his attentive staff to this Nepalese style restaurant. It has a beautiful “wall of water” feature that greets you inside the entrance. The Ghurka Durbar has an extensive menu, specialising particularly in Nepalese cuisine with some amazing tastes to savour – all prepared fresh to order. Take away service is available. There is ample parking directly outside the restaurant.

Country Bowls Bar & Restaurant

A friendly club with an enthusiastic and growing membership. Many members only started playing since moving to Spain but confidence has grown and they have teams in the southern league, SABA, Summer & winter leagues and Federation Cup competition.

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La Almazara Restaurant (near Torre Pacheco)

A sympathetically renovated olive press with simple rustic decoration. Enjoy modern and innovative cuisine from set menus or a la carte, either way the discerning diner will not be disappointed! Advisable to book a table as opening hours vary seasonally.

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