Coffee is part of the lifestyle.
- Due to the geographical and climatic situation, coffee only grows on a few hundred acres in the subtropical provinces of the north – almost exclusively the Arabica-Bourbon variety.
- Argentina is the largest coffee importer in South America.
- The Country has a long coffee tradition, thanks to the many Italian immigrants.
- Café Tortoni – Argentina’s first café was opened in 1858 by a Frenchman.
- Every year, the Argentine drinks 141 cups on average – Brazilians drink four times as much. The difference is probably in the tradition, since Argentinians drink their coffee in cafés and at home more mate.
The Argentines have a fourth meal a day – La Merienda – sometime between 16 and 18 o’clock. There is coffee, usually with a piece of facturas, biscuits coated with sugar jelly, e.g. with dulce-de-leche filling, croissants (medialunas) or toast (tostadas) and orange juice.
At home, coffee is prepared in a metal jug – a Cafetera. The ground coffee hangs in a cotton filter in the pot and is doused with hot water. The brewed coffee is poured into the hot milk in your cup and often sweetened.
Cup of coffee (espresso extended with water)
a strong little coffee with sugar, similar to an espresso (un cafe)
Café en jarrito
double espresso in a stemmed glass with handle.
Café con Leche
Espresso with some milk and milk froth served in the glass.
Café con crema
Cortado, with a dash of cream instead of milk.
Light and airy, milk foam with a “tear” of coffee.