Ever found yourself staring at the menu board, arms crossed, with furrowed brow and wide eyes, letting other people go ahead of you because you donâ€™t know what the heck to order?
Well fear no more coffee house newbies, for I have brewed up some explanations for all you out there to make sense of those crazy coffee concoctions!
Drip Coffee: Water filtered through ground coffee beans (not under pressure), made with a filter,coffee press, percolator or countertop coffee machine. This is the most common type of coffee beverage.
AKA: Brewed coffee; “Regular”
Variations: Dark roast, Medium roast and Light roast.
Black: No cream, no sugar, just the good stuff, straight up!
Red Eye: Coffee with a shot of espresso
Espresso: Concentrated coffee made when hot water is forced (under pressure) through coffee grounds; usually served in individual “shots”
Variations: Espresso Macchiato: Espresso topped with foam; derived from Italian term meaning “marked.”
Espresso Con Panna: Espresso topped with whipped cream
* Ristretto:* Espresso shots pulled short (with less water); more concentrated
Latte: Steamed milk and espresso
Cappucino: Extra foamy steamed milk and espresso; similar to latte
Order it dry (extra foam) or wet (less foam)
Americano: Water and espresso
CafÃ© Misto: Half brewed coffee, half steamed milk
Mocha: Steamed milk with espresso and chocolate sauce
Chai: Spicy black tea; originated in India; served as brewed tea or as a tea latte
Blended Coffee: Coffee, flavor, ice, milk and whatever else you want mixed up like a milkshake in the blender!
These terms constitute a drop in the bucket of the coffee glossary.
For some additional info, check out these sites:
â€¢ Coffee FAQ http://www.thecoffeefaq.com
â€¢ A Glossary of Coffee Terms http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/10/dining/10glossary.html
â€¢ Coffee A-Z http://www.lucidcafe.com/coffee/glossary.html
Amy’s Pick of the Week: * *White Chocolate Breve Americano:
Ingredients: Hot water w/ espresso, white chocolate flavoring and cream. This sweet drink is a great alternative to a white chocolate mocha because it was less dairy!