I’ll never forget the first time I took my Mum to Starbucks and she innocently asked for ‘a coffee’ and the server just stared at us like we were complete morons. This was yeaaaaaaars ago and now Mum loves her ‘skinny flat whites’ and I nonchalantly reel off my personalised order without any embarrassment ‘a tall skinny de-caff iced Café Americano to go with extra ice….’ Although every now and again they sneak something new onto the menu, change the name or throw in a new combo and I’ve ended up Googling it to find out what the hell I’ve just ordered.
So in case you suffer from the same #Firstworldproblem, here’s what I found with my Googling…
A 30ml single or 60ml double shot of Espresso – hard strong coffee straight up! Also known as a short black.
An espresso with a dollop of fluffy milk on top. You get the hit of an espresso and the flavour but the milk topping takes the edge off. Some cafes serve these longer like lattes but traditionally it’s a short serving.
Double espresso topped up with hot water to make it longer and a little weaker. Take it black or with milk. Apparently created by Americans who found traditional Italian coffee too strong.
Pretty much the same as the Americano but the espresso is poured slowly on top of the water to keep the ‘crema’ layering apparently like pouring Guinness.
Double espresso that’s run through the machine until it fills the cup. A strong coffee if you want something a little harder hitting than an Americano/long black. Try asking the barista for this if you don’t see it on the menu or with a little milk. I make these at home in our machine to get the most flavour out of the coffee grinds before they get thrown out.
A very milky coffee, similar to a flat white, served in a tall glass or cup with a double espresso topped up with steamed milk, a layer of foam and a little latte art if you’re lucky.
Similar to the latte with an espresso base topped up with steamed milk, served in a shorter wider cup with no foam – hence it’s flat!
Pretty similar to a flat white, slightly stronger and less milky than the latte. A double espresso topped up with an equal measure of steamed milk, finished with foam and a dusting of cocoa powder.
A cross between a latte and a hot chocolate. Double espresso with an equal measure of chocolate topped up with steamed milk and a thick dusting of cocoa.
Once you’ve deciphered what you’re ordering you can throw endless options into the mix with coffee bean choices, decaf versions, skimmed milk, soy milk, coconut milk, syrups, sugar free options, larger sizes…it’s a good job they have those squishy sofas to collapse on after all that decision making.
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