Coffee Drinks 101

Class is in session. Consult our cheat sheet for navigating your local coffee shop’s menu.

Cappuccino, macchiato, and mocha—oh my! If you’re constantly confused at the coffee menu, this cheat sheet should help.

 

Espresso

Forcing boiling water through finely ground beans results in a highly concentrated brew, with a signature layer of foam called crema.

Cappuccino

Espresso and equal parts steamed milk and foamed milk. Sometimes sprinkled with chocolate powder.

Latte

Espresso, eight ounces of steamed milk, and milk foam.

Cortado

Equal parts espresso and steamed milk, with a tiny bit of milk foam.

Americano

A shot of espresso, diluted with hot water.

Macchiato

Espresso, poured into a small amount of steamed milk.

Mocha

Espresso, chocolate syrup or powder, steamed milk, and foam or whipped cream.

Flat White

Espresso and about four ounces of creamy steamed milk.

Breve

Espresso, steamed half and half, and milk foam.

Ristretto

A method of brewing similar to espresso, using half the amount of water, resulting in a more concentrated shot.

Illustrations by Brittany Dexter

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