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!