The Ultimate Guide To Ordering A Coffee In Spain

Coffee is not just coffee, and in Spain it can get even trickier.

If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee. – Abraham Lincoln

For most people, the first time ordering coffee at a Starbucks is difficult, but wait until you read this about the coffee culture in Spain.

The ‘Solo’ or ‘Espresso’

A short and intense Italian-style espresso coffee.

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The popular ‘solo’ coffee. Photo credits.

The ‘Café Doble’

Like a café solo but double the coffee power.

The ‘Café Con Leche’

Regular coffee with milk.

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The ‘Cortado’

An espresso shot with milk, in a small glass.

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The ‘Café Carajillo’

A shot of alcohol with a shot of coffee.

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The ‘Cappuccino’

The espresso with hot milk, and steamed-milk foam.

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The ‘Café Sombra’ or ‘Café Manchado’

A lot of milk with a dash of coffee.

The ‘Café Con Hielo’

An espresso with a glass of ice. Add the coffee and you have your café con hielo.

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Café Perfumat (Barcelona)

This is a coffee with Anis, found in Barcelona.

The ‘Americano’

Big cup, lots of coffee.

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The ‘Café Bombon’

The café Bombon comes with a shot of condensed milk.

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The ‘Descafeinado’ (de ‘maquina’ o ‘sobre’)

Decaf coffee, either via the machine or from sachets.

The ‘Café Suizo’

Coffee topped with whipped cream.

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To order any of the above in Spanish, simply say “¿Me pone… un [insert desired coffee] por favor?”

7 Very Good Reasons Why Barcelona Is a Great Place To Start A Business

Starting a business in Barcelona comes with an endless list of good reasons. Here are 7 very good ones that make Barcelona an excellent choice.

1. Location, Location, Location

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Barcelona is conveniently located on the shores of the Mediterranean, providing easy access to the whole globe, both by sea and air. With regular flights to all major cities throughout Europe, Barcelona is as connected as it gets. Whether you will be in the business of exporting products or offering services, the location will prove priceless.

2. Business Schools Talent


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Barcelona attracts young talent from around the globe; they’re multilingual, creative and keen to learn. Photo credits.

Barcelona has countless business schools and universities, both private and public, which offer both undergraduate and graduate MBA studies in a diverse variety of fields. Given the diversity, Barcelona is a strong magnet for talent.

3. Cost of Living

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Barcelona offers a competitive cost of living. Photo credits.

With an average meal in an inexpensive restaurant barely costing €10 and a small apartment in the city center going for as little as €700 per month, Barcelona offers competitive cost of living unlike any other European city.

4. The Weather

The weather in Barcelona beats that of any European city.
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Barcelona has a micro climate that offers warm temperatures practically all year round. The average temperatures in the Barcelona capital ranges from a healthy 10ºC to over 25ºC in summer. 

5. Business Incubators

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Barcelona startup scene. Photo credits.

If you’re thinking of launching a tech startup in Barcelona, you’re in good company. Barcelona is proud home to a number of business incubators, including Creative HotHouse, Barcelonactiva, E3 Union, and Tetuan Valley.

6. Quality of Life

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Barcelona: Top Quality of Life. Photo credits.

As anyone living in Barcelona knows, the city offers a fantastic quality of life. The European Cities Monitor has ranked Barcelona as one of the top 3 European city with the best quality of life for employees, and this since 14 years.

7. Barcelona City Brand

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Barcelona; Globally recognized city brand. Photo credits.

Various independent, international and comparative studies acclaim Barcelona, a city that is internationally recognized and deserves its prestige.

What Spain Looks Like From Space At Night

One of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the International Space Station recorded this early evening photo of the entire Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) on July 26, 2014.

Part of France can be seen at the top of the image and the Strait of Gibraltar is visible at bottom, with a very small portion of Morocco visible near the lower right corner.

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Iberian Peninsula From Space. Image Credit: NASA.

You can see how Madrid shines the brightest, with other cities such as Valencia and Barcelona also standing out among the lights.

18 Reasons To Study At Schellhammer Business School in Marbella


If you are on a quest to find something unique and acquire a BBA or MBA that will be relevant in today’s challenging job market, Schellhammer Business School is for you.

1. Swiss quality education (didactics, methods); all classes are taught in English
2. 100% freedom of speech, in choosing topics of curriculums, teaching, and research
3. Free of brainwashing, ideology, dogmatism, superficiality, and withholding information
4. A teaching body that is also in a life long learning and personal growing process
5. High importance given to integrity, ethics, sustainability, and responsible behavior
6. An educational program that prepares students for the fast changing world and life
7. Multicultural: 30+ nationalities and international professors with business expertise
8. Analytical, rational, creative, critical, intuitive, spiritual, associative network thinking
9. Practical, creative, artistic, and contemplative learning activities with industrial visits
10. Ongoing support to introduce students to the job world via networking and internships
11. Educational attitudes of love and respect for life, for humanity and the creation
12. Always considering networks of human factors and human values in all subjects
13. A new understanding of politics and economics for a sustainable world in the future
14. A radical distance to stubbornness, conceitedness, arrogance, compulsive control
15. Rooted in the truth by rejecting neuroticism, falseness, lies, cheat, psychopathy
16. Fully independent management, free of external control, old-fashioned syllabi, or investors
17. Aligned to the Bologna Treaty Rules (Norms), especially its credit transfer system (ECTS)
18. Diplomas that certify top qualifications for the challenges of the future (in life and business)

Industrial Visits at MU Schellhammer Business School
Industrial Visits at MU Schellhammer Business School

MU Schellhammer Business School founded in 2009, is a private educational institution located in the privileged haven of Marbella in southern Spain.

SBS offers a sophisticated educational program with substance relevant to the future challenges that the business world faces, offering every student the necessary foundation to succeed in their future life – personally and professionally.

Marbella University Schellhammer Business School

Contact MU Schellhammer Business School today on (0034) 952.907.892 and book an appointment to visit their campus and find out more about the custom BBA or MBA programs.

The Über Cool And Trendy Generator Hostel in Barcelona


If you are looking for a cool and trendy place to stay in Barcelona, look no further. The Generator Hostel is über cool and trendy!

The new Generator Hostel in Barcelona is the über cool and trendy place to stay.

Just check out the photos and see for yourself – hostels can be cutting edge on trends, art and design.

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Generator Hostel in Barcelona offers low-cost urban travel accommodation in the heart of the city.

They have dorm rooms, twin rooms, double rooms, super cool lounge spaces and all with a great atmosphere and travel vibe.

The Top 5 Locations In Spain For Investment Opportunities And Businesses For Sale

The economic crisis and the burst property bubble in Spain have brought with them a much needed wave of genuine, realistic and exciting investment opportunities.

Investment opportunities that were inflated with an overzealous sense of entitlement have come to reality. The great news is that these changes in economic climate are proving to be a paradise for smart investors and entrepreneurs who want to buy a business in Spain.

“Prime location business premises are now changing hands at figures not seen in decades”.

Having worked as a business broker in Spain since 2003, I have seen changes. Big ones. Today buyers and investors have the market at their feet. For those who know the where, the who, the what and the why – this is an opportunity not to be missed.

“Entrepreneurs and business groups are swooping up investment opportunities like never before”.

So if you have capital to invest and want to get into the business world in Spain, this is your list. In no particular order, these are the top 5 locations in Spain:

1) Barcelona

Barcelona has long been a popular destination for business buyers from abroad. With the drop in prices, it is today a major hub.
Barcelona has long been a popular destination for business buyers from abroad. With the drop in prices, it is today a major hub.

Barcelona has long seen a huge influx of capital investment from individuals as well as corporate groups and sovereign wealth funds. At the peak of the market, sellers became extremely greedy and overzealous, demanding price tags that no longer made economic sense. Many of them overstretched in their investment portfolios and hit hard by the property market collapse are finding themselves coming to the ground with realistic prices for commercial property and businesses for sale.

Prime location Barcelona business for sale: The best example right now would be a Cafeteria located on Avenida Digonal that could easily have sold for over €500,000 in 2006 is now available for just over €200,000.

2) Valencia

Valencia is often referred to as the up and coming ‘Barcelona’.

Valencia has long worked hard to bring its image up to par with Barcelona and projects such as The City of Arts and Sciences has done just that. A mega large educational complex that brings inspiration to everyone who visits has helped to put Valencia on the international map. Surrounded by luxurious landscape of clear water areas and greenery, it has become a magnet for major concerts, exhibitions and congresses.

Unique investment opportunity: An ideal opportunity for a private investor or international group looking for an opportunity to establish themselves in the capital of Valencia: A building for sale in the heart of Valencia, suitable for the construction of a hotel. Reduced from €3.4M to €1.9M.

3) Marbella

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Highly popular with Russian investors, Marbella offers a fantastic platform for luxury-related businesses.

Marbella has enjoyed decades of growth with an international reputation as the “millionaire’s playground” and meeting point of the high society and high class tourism. Strongly engaged in repositioning itself as a safe haven for the wealthy, new political leaders have taken a proactive approach to re-establish security, safety and prosperity for residents, tourists and investors by applying an iron fist against corruption and criminality and attracting new foreign direct investment from Russians, Chinese and Arab investors. The recently unveiled project between the Marbella Town Hall in collaboration with Sheik Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani, (also the owner of Malaga football Club) to redevelop the Bajadilla port at a cost of 600 million euros is guaranteed to revive the area for decades to come.

Investment opportunity: An investment opportunity to acquire a partially finished residential and commercial development for the construction of over 500 luxury properties, a shopping mall and a resort hotel. Valued at €66M, currently on the market for €33M.

4) Balearic Islands (Mallorca & Ibiza)

An undisputed leader in tourism, Mallorca and Ibiza attract hundreds of thousands every year, and this not only in summer.

The Balearic Islands having enjoyed decades of tourism masses are today a very interesting investment location with many business owners burnt out or simply retiring. Both Ibiza and Mallorca are still extremely popular with tourists and given their proximity to northern Europe, tourism will continue to thrive on these gorgeous islands. But business owners that nearly monopolized industries with hotel chains, bar chains or nightclub chains are now finding that they need to give certain venues up or they are finding themselves forced to put top venues on the market in order to cover holes in other locations such as the Canary Islands.

Investment opportunity: An exquisite 5-star boutique hotel in the north-east of Mallorca. Ideal for a family or hotel group with boutique hotel portfolio. With a substantial discount of the original 10M€ price tag, the current owners are looking for a fast sale.

5) Madrid

As the capital city of Spain, Madrid is a hub for business and a highly sought after venue for investment opportunities. Photo credits.
As the capital city of Spain, Madrid is a hub for business and a highly sought after venue for investment opportunities. Photo credits.

The capital city of Spain is and has always been on the list of top places to invest in Spain. With 2,000 sqm nightclubs filling up to the brim every Friday and Saturday night, five-star hotels often booked out for whole weekends and trade shows and international events attracting millions of tourists every year, Madrid can be considered a safe haven for investors. Whether you are looking to buy a hotel or open a restaurant or start your new tech venture in Madrid, the city offers a jumping board for success, with international flights to every major destination around the globe and high speed train links throughout Spain, Madrid has established itself as a reputable investment location. But similar to other locations, local investors spread their tentacles out throughout the country with high profile investments on the Costa’s property developments. As these investments have soured, the price tags at home are coming down to reality; offering new investors fantastic opportunities at realistic prices.

Investment opportunity: One of the most important nightclubs in Madrid capital is available to the next power player. Available as fully owned premises (freehold property) or as a business venture (leasehold property), as well as a commercial real estate investment (Sale & Leaseback). Freehold: €10M; Leasehold €2.5M. S&L upon request.

As the macro economic climate continues to be fragile and the overall unemployment rate remains high, such investment opportunities will continue to arise, just be sure to select the right location.