Do you know what is the difference between the first-timer and the regular traveller in Morocco? Probably, the latter one will rarely order cappuccino, espresso or latte.
In the Moroccan cafés, locals order two kinds of coffee, either Coffee Noir or Nous Nous.
Café Noir is simply a small cup of espresso. Nous Nous is made from half milk, half espresso. You will not find Nous Nous name in the menu, as it is an Arabic way to say “half-half”. So, if you ask for it, Moroccans know they can serve you as a local, not as a tourist. Of course, many Moroccan cafés have a cappuccino or latte in their list. However, you would probably get the same Nous Nous, only served in a fancy cup.
Want neither espresso, neither milky coffee? Ask for a Caffè Americano – an espresso with added hot water. Similar as in the Mediterranean countries, where a cup of coffee always means espresso.
What I really love ordering coffee like a local, is drinking it from a small glass, not a cup. Somehow, the taste is different as well as having big sugar cubes instead of the one in paper bags (trust me, and drink Nous Nous with sugar even if you live sugar-free).
In Morocco the takeaway coffee culture doesn’t exist. Moroccans love chatting and they rather will be late for an appointment than asking coffee to take away. They can spend long hours in café smoking cigarettes, reading magazines, watching TV, making business deals and drinking coffee/tea.
Even when the Starbucks was opened in Marrakech, I rarely see people walking with their plastic coffee cups. In addition, the price difference in a regular coffee place and the Starbucks is huge! If in the most cafés you pay around 10-15 Dh, in the Starbucks the price is triple.
Before leaving you with a
cup glass of coffee Nous Nous, few words about water. In many local places, you will get a glass of tap water, in others, a small bottle of water is already included in the price. And don’t forget a small tip even for one drink.