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  • There are several ways to order your coffee in Spain: cafe solo (=espresso), cafe con leche (au lait), cafe cortado (with just a little milk), and the tooth-rotting cafe bombon (with a heap o' sugar and condensed milk). In one of life's odd coincidences, on the same day I learned the phrase cafe bombon I also learned that the correct spelling of the things that cheerleaders wave is pompon, and not pompom, as I had always believed until then.

    August 29, 2007

  • Cafe bombon sounds like what I've tasted of the coffee from Puerto Rico. A native poet, Tomás Blanco, once said that coffee should be "black as the devil, hot as hell, and sweet as sin." That's what I had, all right. :-)

    August 29, 2007