A Cup of Mud: Israel's Cafe Culture

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A collage on the wall of a Tel Aviv cafe.
A collage on the wall of a Tel Aviv cafe.

Coffee culture is everywhere in Israel. How do you ask for a cappuccino to go, the Tel-Avivi way? And what’s a hafuch dal? A short Hebrew manual for all you coffeeholics.

Words and expressions discussed:
Ani shoté kafé shachor – אֲנִי שוֹתֶה קָפֶה שָחוֹר
Kafé turki – קָפֶה טוּרקִי
Hi biksha kafé hafuch - הִיא בִּיקשָה קָפֶה הָפוּךְ
Kafé botz - קָפֶה בּוֹץ
Kafé namés - קָפֶה נָמֵס
Ta’ase li kafé, ta’asi li kafé – תַּעֲשֶה לִי קָפֶה, תַּעֲשִי לִי קָפֶה
Kafé im chalav, kafe bli chalav – קָפֶה עִם חָלָב, קָפֶה בְּלִי חָלָב
Kafé im chalav dal shuman – קָפֶה עִם חָלָב דָּל שוּמָן
Hafuch im ketsef, bli ketsef – הָפוּךְ עִם קֶצֶף, בְּלִי קֶצֶף
Kafé im hel - קָפֶה עִם הֵל
Efshar hafuch? - אֶפְשָר הָפוּךְ?
Lashevet o lakachat – לָשֶבֶת אוֹ לָקַחַת?
Kafé turki, bediyuk ma she’ata tsarich – קָפֶה טוּרְקִי, בְּדִיוּק מָה שֶאָתָה צָרִיךְ

Kafé etsel Berta - Haneshamot hatehorot
Ahava be-sof ha-kayits - Zvika Pick
Kafé turki - Arik Einstein

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