How to Ask for a Coffee

Four Methods:Cafe or RestaurantDrive-ThruCoffee ShopIn Someone's Home

You decide to walk into your local eatery, and not only are you going to get something to eat, but, you're going to get something to drink as well. Or, you might not be planning to eat anything, just going in for a drink. Or, perhaps you are visiting someone's home and need your caffeine fix. Your drink of choice: Coffee.

Method 1
Cafe or Restaurant

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    Sit down at a table.
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    Look on the menu to see if they have any coffee.
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    Decide what type of coffee you would like to have: Just regular, decaffeinated, espresso, latte, cappuccino, etc.
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    Decide how you would like to have your coffee: Black; with milk or cream, sugar or some other kind of sweetener. Also how much of each of these additives you would like in your coffee.
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    Decide if you are going to eat any food, such as cake, etc., with your coffee.

Method 2
Drive-Thru

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    Look for coffee on the menu when you order.
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    When you pick up your coffee at the window, ask for creamer and sugar as needed. Most drive-throughs won't put the creamer or sugar in the coffee for you; you must do it yourself. Make sure you get enough of both, and ask for something to stir with as well.

Method 3
Coffee Shop

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    See How to Order Coffee.

Method 4
In Someone's Home

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    Wait for someone to offer you something to drink. It is proper etiquette for a person to offer you something once you're settled in (jacket off, sitting down). If they have forgotten their manners, proceed to the next step.
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    Ask "Do you have any coffee by any chance?"
    • Note that it's better to ask this if you can drink whatever they have, but not if you're picky about your coffee. For example, if they don't have decaf coffee with hazelnut creamer and brown sugar, and that's the only way you like it, it might be considered rude for you to have this expectation or make this request.

Warnings

  • Beware of any food allergies or conditions you have, which coffee may affect.

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Categories: Coffee