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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!