Part of moving to a new country is often learning a new language. We’re learning Wolof, a language spoken by 12.3 million people in Senegal, The Gambia and Mauritania.

We’re also learning new coffee language. No more tall, skinny iced caramel latte or double espresso macchiatos for us. Here are a couple coffee terms we’ve learned here in Senegal:

1. Coffeeshop
(noun)

Nescafé cart on wheels. Seen all around town (sometimes two on one corner!). Very easy to find in the mornings when you need a quick fix for about 10 cents.

2. barista
(noun)

The man who makes your coffee. Highly trained in the classic art of combining hot water, instant Nescafé granules, lots of sugar and a scoop of powdered milk.

3. Specialty drinks
(noun)

Vague concept. But if your specialty drink involves hot water, instant Nescafé granules, lots of sugar and a scoop of powdered milk… all mixed together by pouring it from one small cup to another – you’re in luck!

4. coffee delivery
(noun)

Freshly made coffee poured into a small, plastic cup then carried across the street to your location by the barista.

So, what are you drinking at the Dakar Starbucks? It’s my treat!