The Many Faces of Coffee Beverages

The Many Faces of Coffee Beverages:

Have you ever walked into a third-wave cafe, asked for a coffee, only to have the barista point to a 10-panel, floor-to-ceiling chalkboard menu anchored to the wall? What!?! I just want a coffee. No one told me I needed a degree in Italian literature, and what the hell is a cortado!?! Haha, we’ve all been there. In this age of excess, people can be as particular about their coffee as they do their partner(s). Let me try to simplify all that coffee jargon.

Coffee Beverages:

  1. Small Cup:
    • Espresso17-20g of ground coffee with 40-70ml of water
    • Double Espressoas the name suggests… two espressos
    • Ristretto an espresso, but with HALF the water
    • Lungoan espresso, but with DOUBLE the water
    • Cortadoa mini latte; an espresso with steamed milk and foam
    • Macchiatoa mini cappuccino; an espresso with a dollop of foam
    • Con panna an espresso with a dollop of whipped cream

  2. Mug:
    • Filtereddrip coffee
    • Americanoespresso(s) with water added until it resembles drip coffee
    • Cold Brew – coffee made with cold water; infused with fruits or spices
    • Iced Coffeefiltered or espresso with ice

  3. Big Cup:
    • Cappuccinoan espresso with a thick layer of foam
    • Lattean espresso with steamed milk and a thin layer of foam
    • Flat Whitean espresso with steamed milk and a very thin layer of foam
    • Mochaan espresso with steamed milk and chocolate
    • Affogatoan espresso with a scoop of ice-cream/gelato

  4. Special Cup:
    • Irish Coffeean espresso with whiskey and cream
    • Correttoan espresso with grappa, sambuca, or brandy

Of course, each cafe and each barista will have their own take on all of these beverages, especially if you go to a traditional coffee bar or a second-wave institution, but these are the general guidelines.


Now, go out and impress people with your random coffee knowledge! And as always, thank you for reading and joining me on this #internationalcoffeejourney

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