Ever catch yourself in a coffee shop, staring at the menu, wondering why ordering a simple coffee has to feel like such a task? I mean, it’s coffee. Why are there 47 variants on the board? Why are you being asked if you want a single or double shot? What does it all mean??
Don’t worry. We feel you. So, as the ever supportive buddies (and coffee lovers) that we are, we’ll help you sort out between cappuccino, espresso, latte, and every other variant leaving you cross-eyed.
Since it’s often the beginning of most coffee options, we’ll start with this. An espresso (often wrongly pronounced as expresso), is a highly concentrated coffee made by forcing near boiling water and steam through finely ground coffee. A single or double shot is basically a single shot or double shot of espresso.
This is basically an espresso shot (or two), with the same amount of hot water added to it.
A Macchiato is an espresso with a bit of milk added to it.
A Cappuccino is made with a 1:1:1 ratio of espresso, steamed milk, and foam. This is also the one that you’ll find on social media posts the most, since the foam floating at the top makes a perfect base for creative designs.
Very similar to a cappuccino, expect there’s more milk, and less foam. Basically, it would be espresso and steamed milk in a 1:2 ratio, topped with a bit of foam.
6. Cafe Mocha
A latte mixed with either chocolate syrup or hot chocolate.
Now that you know the basics of which type of coffee means what, we hope you can not only find it easier to order your cup, but maybe even help out that one other person in line stuck saying “Yeah, I just want coffee. Like regular coffee”.