Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

how to hand someone a coffee in English

When was the last time you ordered a coffee or tea in a cafe in English?

What did the waiter say when he handed you the coffee?

Maybe he used one of these phrases:

  • Here you are 
  • Here you go
  • Here we go

Today we have a great question from a listener about what to say when you serve a coffee, what to expect when someone hands it to you, and how this could apply to handing people any item.

Here is our listener’s question:

Hi, my name is Masumi, from Japan.

I’ve been listening to your podcast for 3 months, so I am kind of a new listener.

But I love your podcast so much that I can’t miss even one episode. It helps me a lot and encourages me a lot. Thank you for your great job, and please keep doing it!

I have a question. What do the native speakers usually say when they pass the card machine to the customers?
I’m living in Vancouver for a half year, and I’m working at Cafe.

I always use “Here you are” in that situation.

Can I use “Here you go” or “Here it is” ?

Or is there any phrases to use?

I’d appreciate it if you could clear this up for me.



Good question!

Remember that the non-verbals that you use are just as important as what you say.

Smile at the person, use open body language and they will forgive if you make a mistake.

Always keep in mind Connection NOT Perfection! 


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Phrases you can use when you hand someone something:

1) Here you are (more polite)

2) Here it is- You can use this but only if the thing that “it” is referring to comes before in the conversation.

  • For example: “Let me get the charge machine. Oh here it is”

3) Here we go- This sounds more casual


Go out and practice using these.

What questions do you have for today?

Let us know in the comments below.

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