Java Fix - How to Order Coffee in Israel

Israel is known for its coffee (and cafe!) culture. Although Israel ditched the Starbucks bandwagon back in 2003, our java-loving country is booming with local chains -  like Aroma, which is also now serving caffeine in the U.S. and Canada - and small, independent roasters (read: hipster) such as Cafelix. Before you order, it is essential to know the language of your desired cup of coffee.

If you are looking for a cappuccino or latte, try the “cafe hafuch,” which means “upside-down coffee.” Cafe Hafuch is steamed milk combined with espresso.

Instead of drinking classic American drip coffee, Israelis often order Turkish coffee, a stronger, black coffee. Try ordering this if you need to jolt of caffeine. Sometimes this will already have cardamom for "arab style" coffee. Add a sprinkle of hawaij for coffee (a blend of cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger) to enjoy the Yemenite style beverage.

As espresso is just that. Nothing confusing here. 

Or, if you are looking for a quick fix, make yourself some “Nescafe.” Nescafe is an instant coffee that you can find in most homes. It is a little bitter, so you will need to add milk and sugar.

Ordering an iced coffee is where tourists struggle the most. When you order an iced coffee from a barista, you will get a sweet and creamy blended frappucino-style drink that guarantees a sugar high. If you are thirsty for cold coffee (the American iced coffee), ask for a “cafe kar,” meaning “cold coffee”. Cafe kar means two espresso shots over ice with milk or water and a side of sugar water.