What is Coffee Spanish?

“Coffee Spanish” is the language of coffee. This is a field guide for English or Spanish speaking coffee professionals who want to learn more. Learn the language of Coffee. The book is a concise and highly focused field guide that covers:

Coffee Spanish

Technical translations of crucial coffee words & phrases for all Latin American coffee producing regions. Each country has a dedicated Coffee Spanish to Coffee English word widget that provides simple and clear translations of coffee technical terms and slang.

Coffee Countries

Crucial in-country data to improve your coffee buying success and streamline the complex path from cherry to green and from origin to roasting plant. This field guide is designed to provide helpful communication and relationship assistance to empower you through the veritable language morass to coffee negotiating bliss.

Coffee Knowledge

Subject matter experts in the field chime in with anecdotes and tips for a successful buying adventure. Relationship tips and business advice for working in each country to improve your experience when traveling and buying. Where a simple translation could not suffice, these knowledgeable contributors were able to provide insight into local dialects, traditions, and terminology unique to their culture and society.

The Coffee Spanish Book

Coffee Spanish for Coffee Buyers is a field guide for English speaking green coffee buyers and Spanish speaking coffee sellers. This book contains essential technical Spanish, plus advice needed by coffee buyers and roasters to communicate clearly.

Rather than a “Learn to speak Spanish book”, it is written for any coffee professional that wants to learn more about the language, lingo, slang and phrases we all use and confuse in the coffee business. Any coffee professional will learn a great deal and gain confidence.

Our goal is improved relationships and communication between coffee professionals on both sides of the buyer/seller connection.

Smart People Say

What Do Coffee People Say?

"The Field Guide is an insight into Latin American coffee culture, written for all of the contributors in the specialty industry. Produced by coffee professionals who have spent extensive time on the ground, this guide is not a fairy godmother - it won't turn you into Spanish speaker overnight, however it will assist you to have fun while doing your job, which is why the majority of us are here."
Fred Lulfitz
Sightglass Coffee
"An approachable exploration of the Latin American coffee scene that transcends the challenges of language barriers. More than a straightforward dictionary of translations, this field guide incorporates cultural context in a range of coffee producing countries. A useful quick reference tool for the experienced coffee buyer and an invaluable introductory resource for those new to sourcing."
Ted Stachura
Equator Coffee
"All business is based on communications acronyms and jargon unique to the marketplace. Andy and Andrew take the industry of coffee in Latin America and turns peaking Spanish while buying coffee, into a wonderful dance between buyers and producers. This is not business as usual; this is making and taking the social consciousness of speaking to a colleague to a much different level. Coffee buying is building relationships and using this clever field guide will help buy you both green coffee and a friend for life. Well done."
Karen Cebreros
Women in Coffee
"This is a wonderful tool for any coffee professional. Whether your native tongue is English or Spanish you will benefit greatly from this work. As a coffee professional, if you're quiet and conservative this book will give you a boost of confidence, if you are more of a leaper and prefer learning by mistakes, Coffee Spanish for Coffee Buyers will help you look a bit more polished. Either way you will be on your way to becoming a better coffee person."
Edwin Martinez
Finca Vista Hermosa

Due To Popular Demand Amazon Reprinted "Coffee Spanish"!

What The Press Says

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Sarah Allen

Barista Magazine

"The first thing I thought when Andy Newbom told me about the book he co-wrote with Andrew Russo was, why didn’t anyone think of this sooner? A Field Guide to Coffee Spanish, is perhaps the most important book for coffee buyers on the market right now."

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Zachary Carlson


"Traveling to origin to purchase coffees can be difficult, where dialectical eccentricities abound. But the new book from BGA co-founder Andy Newbom and Andrew Russo of Russo Roasts Coffee consultancy looks to make the process a little easier."

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Nick Brown

Daily Coffee News

"For each country, the guide provides a detailed list of coffee-related terms and translations, but just as important, it offers guides on etiquette, business practices and social decorum. A large part of the field guide is devoted to helping current or potential green buyers in understanding the most current and common practices and language related to milling and processing."