Coffee shop terms for beginners

These days coffee orders have become quite complicated. Don’t worry – you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure it out. Here is a basic guide of coffee shop terms to help beginners feel more at ease.

  • Affogato: A dessert made by pouring a shot of hot espresso over vanilla ice cream or gelato.
  • Americano: This coffee combines steaming hot water with a shot of espresso.
  • Aroma: The fragrance produced when coffee is being roasted and freshly brewed.
  • Barista: The term applied to a professional or experienced espresso maker and operator.
  • Cappuccino: Cappuccino is espresso with a small amount of steamed milk and a layer of foam at the top.
  • Cold Brew: Coffee brewed with cold water over a long period of time.
  • Cortado: Cortado is prepared with equal parts of espresso and steamed milk.
  • Doppio: A double espresso.
  • Espresso: A classic coffee drink in which hot water is forced under pressure through very finely ground coffee to produce a very concentrated strong coffee drink. Often the base of many other coffee-based drinks.
  • Flat White: The flat white is espresso-based coffee made with steamed milk,
  • Frappe: Blended drink typically consisting of coffee, milk (or cream), flavouring and ice.
  • Iced Coffee: Hot drip coffee combined with ice to make it cold.
  • Latte: This is a coffee beverage consisting of one-quarter espresso with three-quarters hot milk top with a froth. The consistency of the milk is another point of difference between a flat white and a latte.
  • Macchiato: An espresso with a tint of milk. Macchiato is Italian for stained. Therefore, a macchiato is an espresso stained with milk.
  • Mocha or Mochaccino: An espresso-based drink made with steamed milk and chocolate syrup or powder.
  • Vietnamese Iced Coffee: Coarsely ground dark roast coffee with sweetened condensed milk poured over ice

We hope that this guide helps you out and makes your next coffee stop less stressful! Enjoy your coffee break.

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