What's in a name?

If you’re a bit of a coffee snob like me, then coffee lingo is part of your vocab.  But if you’re new to the coffee culture, an order for a “half strength, decaf, flat white on oat milk” might leave you stretching your head and wondering “what the?”.

Here’s a glossary of coffee terms to help you navigate the menu next time you are in a cafe!

Long Black - Double shot of espresso and hot water.  We love serving BREW as the perfect cup of long black.

Short Black - A single shot of espresso.  The foundation for all other espresso coffee drinks

Doppio - The word Doppio literally means “double”.  So this coffee is a double espresso extracted through more water.

Flat White - A single shot of espresso, with steamed milk and a thin layer of foam.

Ristretto -  A single shot of espresso but made with some serious skill, making it super strong and delicious - this one is for hard core coffee lovers.  Less water passes through the coffee, creating a smoother and less bitter result.

Latte - A single shot of espresso, with steamed milk and a medium layer of foam. Usually served in a tall glass cup.

Cappuccino - A single shot of espresso with steamed milk and a thick layer of foam, plus a good dusting of cocoa powder on top.  This one is usually for a sweet tooth.

Macchiato  - A single shot of espresso and a layer of milk foam.  That’s it!

Mocha -  A single shot of espresso poured into a glass with hot chocolate powder or chocolate syrup then stirred.  Steamed milk is added and a small layer of foam.

Iced Coffee - A single shot of espresso, poured over a glass full of milk and ice.  Topped with a scoop of ice cream.  An Iced Latte is similar, just without the ice cream.    Use your BREW to make a delicious iced coffee or iced latte.

Affogato - This is an after dinner type of coffee.  A single shot of espresso poured over ice cream

Espresso Martini  - Now we’re talking!  A single shot of espresso, a shot of vodka and a shot of coffee liqueur (Usually Kahlua).  All poured over ice in a cocktail shaker.  Shaken, strained and poured into a martini glass. 

Of course all milk based coffee beverages can be personalised with your choice of milk, be it skim, full cream, oat, almond, soy or lactose free.  

Tip - through summer, a cold cup of BREW should be kept in the fridge at all times.  You never know when the urge might strike for a cold coffee beverage - of the daytime or night time version!

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