How Well Do You Know Your Coffee?

 

Do you know the difference between a cappuccino and a macchiato? 

 

 

We might all know our coffee orders, but hardly any of us actually know what goes into our morning drinks. We know we want it low fat, but low fat what? Do we really know the difference between a cappuccino and a macchiato? Or a ristretto and an Americano?

 

You will soon enough.

 

Espresso (aka Short Black): the foundation of most coffee-based drinks. It’s made by forcing steam through ground coffee beans.

 

 

Double Espressio (aka Doppio): two shots of espresso. Simple enough.

 

Short Macchiato: an espresso with a dollop of steamed milk and foam on top. Helps kick the bitterness away.

 

Long Macchiato: a double espresso with some steamed milk and foam to finish.

 

Ristretto: made much like an espresso, but with half the amount of water. More concentrated and will wake you up quicker.

 

Americano (aka Long Black): hot water mixed with an espresso shot. It’s slightly diluted, but pretty much still hits the same.

 

 

Café Latte (aka a Latte): an espresso shot mixed with steamed milk and micro-foam. The steamed milk makes it sweeter in comparison to the others.

 

Cappuccino: basically a Latte, but with more foam and chocolate placed on top. Served in a cup as opposed to a glass. 

 

 

Mocha: chocolate powder with an espresso shot and topped off with some steamed milk and foam. So, in layman’s terms, the child of hot chocolate and a cappuccino.

 

Affogato: hot espresso poured over a scoop of ice cream or gelato. The perfect end to a good meal. 

 

 

 

And there you have it: The basics of coffee know-how. Maybe next time you read a café menu and place your coffee, you’ll actually know what you’re getting! #TheMoreYouKnow