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    lukewarm coffee

    Dear all,
    If you are served coffee that isn't hot enough at a cafe and want to complain about it, how do you say to the salesclerk?
    Is it fine to say, "this coffee is lukewarm"? Or is it better to say, "this coffee isn't hot (enough)"?
    I'd like to know if it sounds natural to use "lukewarm" in the context where it literally means "lukewarm", rather than figurative meaning like in "lukewarm attitude".

    Thanko you!

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    Re: lukewarm coffee

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Dear all,
    If you are served coffee that isn't hot enough at a cafe and want to complain about it, how what do you say to the salesclerk waiter/waitress/barista?
    Is it fine to say, "This coffee is lukewarm"? Or is it better to say, "This coffee isn't hot (enough)"?
    I'd like to know if it sounds natural to use "lukewarm" in the context where it literally means "lukewarm", rather than figurative meaning like in "lukewarm attitude".

    Thank you!

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    Note my corrections. We don't refer to the people who work in cafes as sales clerks. They are waiters or waitresses or, in specialist coffee shops, baristas.

    You can ask "What do you say to the waiter?" or "How do you explain this to the waiter?" or even "How do you say this in English?" but you can't ask "How do you say to the waiter?"

    It's fine to say "This coffee is lukewarm". Generally, it's clearer to use a word's literal meaning rather than a figurative one. Of course, that will only work if the coffee really is lukewarm. If it's fairly warm or fairly hot, just not hot enough, then it would an inappropriate choice. I would go with "This coffee's not hot" (well, I wouldn't say it at all because I don't drink coffee!)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: lukewarm coffee

    (Americans call them 'servers'.)

    I always say with a smile 'Please steam this coffee for me; I like it hotter than this. Thank you so much'.

    It always comes back at 100 degrees C, which is how I like it.

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    Re: lukewarm coffee

    Unless you're in a proper coffee shop (or at least a place with an actual coffee machine), in the UK they're likely to bung the whole cup/mug in the microwave to heat it up for you!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: lukewarm coffee

    That works for me, too.

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