How to order Coffee/Tea like a local?

Malini VK - Infobite  May 19, 2019

How to order Coffee/Tea like a local?

Ordering coffee is not a big deal in some countries but in most of the countries it is like learning a whole new language. Ordering coffee might have given some embarrassing moments to few and some would have fun moments. Let's sort this out!

Coffee/Tea Varieties:

Coffee/Tea lovers have variety of coffee/tea options to choose from. Below are some of the common coffee/tea drinks in a coffee house.

Black Coffee - Ex: Regular, Dark Roast, Decaf.








Iced Coffee

Hot Tea - Black Tea, Herbal Teas

Iced Tea


Hot Chocolate

French Vanilla

Additional Flavors:

Some cafes have flavor option where we can choose a flavor shot to add a little kick.







Specialty drinks:

These are some creative drinks in coffee shop menus with a short description of each.


Mocha Ice cap

Raspberry lemonade

Matcha Latte

Now Ordering:

Among all the coffee/Tea varieties ordering a normal coffee/tea is a bit challenging.

Coffee/Tea is usually served in different cup sizes - Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large.

Coffee/Tea can be made with the choice of condiments - Milk, Cream, Soy Milk, Sugar, Sweetener.

Some coffee houses make coffee/tea with condiments on customer request while some coffee houses serve just black coffee/tea and have an option for customer to use the condiments and make their own taste of coffee/Tea.

if you want a black coffee with nothing in it,

Cashier: How can I help you?

You: Can I have a Black Coffee please?

Cashier: What size?

You: Medium


If you want a Dark Roast blend coffee with something inside,

Cashier: How can I help you?

You: Can I have a large dark roast double, double?


Regular: Single shot of cream and sugar

Double-Double: Double shots of cream and sugar

Triple-Triple: Triple shots of cream and sugar

4*4: 4 shots of cream and sugar


If you want milk instead of cream,

Cashier: How can I help you?

You: Can I have small tea regular with milk?


"Can I have medium chai tea with 2 milk?"

"Can I have a small, iced cap with a shot of hazelnut?"

"Can I have an extra-large decaf triple triple?"

"Can I have medium peppermint tea with 2 sugar?"

"Can I have a small French vanilla?"

"Can I have a medium Americano with a vanilla shot in it?"

"Can I have a medium dark roast double-double with an extra cream on side? - coffee with 2 cream and 2 sugar inside with an extra cream to mix later.


Coffee/Tea can be ordered according to customer's inventions:

"Can I have medium dark roast regular with 1/4 hot chocolate in it?"

"Can I have medium half French vanilla half decaf?

"Can I have large regular with a shot of espresso?"

Buying a coffee might be scary with variety of options but it's fun to play around the flavors if you get used to it. Happy serving! Happy drinking!