We’ve all been there at least once in our lifetime. Standing in the lineup at your local coffee shop and seeing people in front of you order something that sounds foreign to you.
“Can I get a short dry cappuccino, no foam?”
How can a wet beverage be dry? Silly coffee enthusiast. Then the barista asks you what you want to order – then you end up with a chocolate chip frap – again #basic.
Since there are so many options on how you take your coffee, we are here to simplify things for you. We promise you, there’s art in coffee. These fancy coffee terms is how one would order their coffee and it sounds a lot better than just getting a “double double”. Think of coffee language like a secret handshake, not too many people know it and damn you look good when you order. Now take your new found knowledge, and in 5 minutes you’ll walk into your nearest indie coffee shop and own your next order.
Barista: Like the bar tender of coffee. He’s the one making your drink.
Americano: Espresso mixed with same parts hot water
Café au Lait: 1/3 coffee with 2/3 hot frothed milk
Macchiato: Hot frothed milk with espresso added on top
Cappuccino: A hot drink mixed with 1/3 espresso, 1/3 hot milk, 1/3 foam
Clean: Coffee that is free of any flavor shots or flavor defects (aka, black)
Dark Roast: Anything darker than traditional American coffee
Espresso: A roast of coffee where hot water is pressed through a compressed bed of ground coffee
Doppio: Double shots of espresso
Quad: 4 shots of espresso (if you are brave)
Drip: Brewing methods that allows hot water to settle through a bed of ground coffee
Dry: A drink with frothed milk only but more foam, less milk
Wet: The opposite of dry, less foam more milk.
Solo: A drink made with one shot of espresso, regardless of the size.
Besides types of coffee and what to order, here’s a breakdown on typical order sizes. We’re just using Starbucks as an example, cause you know, why not?
Starbucks Cup Size by Definition
How do you take your coffee?
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