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Coffee Education February 18, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — allthingseasy @ 5:46 pm
I love coffee. It’s one of those things that I get excited about! Whenever I do go out for coffee, I always end up ordering the same thing. In part it’s because I love what I get, but another big reason for doing that is because in all honesty, I don’t know what 85% of the other drinks on the menu are!!! I finally asked some questions and decided that it’s not bad to look stupid in front of your Barista.
Read the descriptions of the common coffee drinks below and then next time you’re ordering, try something new!!!

  • Americano: espresso and hot water. (The name for this coffee drink stemmed from an insult to ‘uncouth’ Americans who weren’t up to drinking full espressos.)
  • Cappuccino: espresso, a little bit of steamed milk, a lot of foam; stronger than a latte
  • Chai: spicy black tea “infused with cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper and star anise”; can be drunk hot, iced, or in latte form
  • Espresso: highly concentrated, heavily caffeinated coffee; it comes in the form of a shot
  • Espresso Con Panna: shot of espresso with a small scoop of whipped cream
  • Espresso Macchiato: espresso shot with a small amount of foamed milk
  • Latte: espresso, a lot of steamed milk, and a little bit of foam on top; not as strong as a cappuccino
  • Cafe au Lait: Similar to Caffe Latte, except that an au lait is made with brewed coffee instead of espresso. Additionally, the ratio of milk to coffee is 1:1, making for a much less intense taste.
  • Mocha: espresso, a lot of steamed milk, and chocolate

You can also make modifications to these drinks above

  • Decaf: no caffeine; decaffeinated coffee
  • Double: adding an extra shot of espresso to a drink that ordinarily only has one
  • Triple: adding a third espresso shot to a drink that originally has two
  • Flavor Shot: a few squirts of a particular flavored syrup or powdered flavor
  • Half-Caf: half caffeinated, half decaf
  • Skinny: made with nonfat milk; if the drink has syrup, the syrup will be sugar-free
  • Soy milk: milk for those who either don’t like or can’t drink regular milk, made from soy beans, no lactose

I’m sure there are many more, but at least for me, this gives me quite a new variety!

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