In coffee shops in the UK, I can order a black coffee, a filter coffee, an Americano, or a coffee, no milk and get what I want. I tried the German equivalents of all of these when I moved to Switzerland, only to be met with confused looks and the question, "Café creme?"
"Coffee without cream," I would clarify. A cup of black coffee would appear, often with a plastic pot of creamer at its side. The Swiss collect the foil lids of these — I am in no way kidding.
Anyway, it turns out that, in Switzerland, café creme means black coffee. Does anyone know why this is? Perhaps it's just that they feel everyone must enjoy the goodness of cream, whether by ingesting it or merely enjoying the feeling of the word crossing their tongue.
I noticed today that the dark chocolate I'd bought, though it contains no milk products, was labelled cremant. What will be next?