How to Order CoffeeIn German

Visiting Germany is all fun and games until you wake up in the morning and realize that you don't know how to get your daily dose of caffeine. But don't despair! Here is a simple but complete guide for all you coffee addicts.

Ordering a coffee in German is not a very difficult task. But a very essential one for us caffeine addicts.

In this blog post, we'll show you how to order a coffee in German, and if you like your coffee with milk, we might even have just enough time to cover that too.

At a very basic level, ordering a coffee at a café in Germany goes something like this:

Hey! Wie kann ich dir weiterhelfen?
Hey! How can I assist you?
Ich hätte gerne einen Kaffee, bitte.
I would like to have a coffee, please.

... or you might just say:

Einen Kaffee, bitte.
One coffee, please.

Easy peasy, right?

But let's say you want to order a latte in German - what would you say? Or what if you wanted some oat milk, extra sugar or a decaf flat white?

Let's find out!

Basic Coffee Vocabulary

Before we explore some more phrases and expressions, let's start with some useful nouns that deal with coffee and everything about it - things like coffee, milk, foam and sugar:

der Kaffee
die Milch
der Zucker
die Tasse
der Schaum
der Löffel

Coffee in German is der Kaffee. The German word for milk is die Milch. So if you wanted to say "A coffee with milk, please", you would just say:

Einen Kaffee mit Milch, bitte.

A coffee with milk, please.

Espressos, Lattes & Cappuccinos

But what about espressos, cappuccinos and lattes? Let's have a look at those ones next!

der Filterkaffee
filter coffee
der Espresso
der Milchkaffee
café au lait
der Cappuccino
die Latte
der Flat White
flat white

How to Order a Coffee in German

A Coffee to Go, Please

A a Coffee With Milk, Please

Willkommen in unserem Café. Wie kann ich dir weiterhelfen?
Welcome to our café. How can I assist you?
Ich hätte gerne einen Kaffee mit Milch, bitte.
I would like a coffee with milk, please.

Could I have some sugar?

Entschuldigung? Könnte ich auch noch etwas Zucker haben? Vielen Dank!
Excuse me? Could I also have some sugar? Thank you!
Aber natürlich! Bittesehr.
Of course! Here you go.

Lattes, Cappucinos & Espressos

Ich hätte gerne eine Espresso und für meine Freundin einen Cappuccino, bitte.
I would like an espresso and a cappuccino for my friend, please.

More Coffee Phrases

Guten Tag!

Kann ich Ihnen helfen?

Can I help you?
Ich möchte gerne…

I would like to…
Ich hätte gerne…

I would like to have…
Haben Sie…?

Do you have…?
Wie viel kostet das?

How much is this?
Können Sie das bitte nochmal wiederholen?

Can you please repeat that?
Wo ist die Toilette?

Where is the restroom?
Ich möchte einen Kaffee, bitte.

I would like a coffee, please.
Kaffee mit Milch und Zucker?

Coffee with milk and sugar?
Ein Kaffee mit Sahne, bitte.

A coffee with cream, please.
Wie viel kostet ein Kaffee?

How much does a coffee cost?
Ein Kaffee ohne Zucker, bitte.

A coffee without sugar, please.
Kann ich einen Kaffee-to-go haben?

Can I have a coffee to go?
Gibt es Kaffee-Spezialitäten?

Are there any coffee specialties?
Ich hätte gerne einen doppelten Espresso.

I would like a double espresso.


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