If you walk into a coffee shop these days it can get a little complicated if you aren't familiar with the sizes and names when it comes to ordering a coffee. There is an entire language you will need to know if you are going to place an order for a perfect cup of coffee!
It all starts with placing your coffee order. You are no longer talking to a waitress but a barista. These are people who make and serve coffee drinks as a profession.
Firstly, you figure out the size of the coffee you want to purchase. If you check out the menu you might find there is a special name for the different sizes available. This is especially true if you go to Starbucks as some of their sizes have special names. You can choose from: a short (8 ounces), tall (12 ounces), Grande (16 ounces) and Venti (20 ounces).
The hardest decision will be what coffee drink to order. Certainly you can still get black coffee with cream and sugar. However, the most common coffee beverages are cafes or espressos. Sure you can always order a plain black coffee but where is the fun in that when you could order a cappuccino, latte or a mocha.
If you choose a latte which is an espresso shot with the addition of steamed milk. A cappuccino on the other hand has equal parts of espresso, steamed and frothed milk. A mocha is similar to latte or cappuccino but has the addition of chocolate syrup.
The following list of different coffee beverages contains just a few of the drinks available in most coffee shops.
Caffe Americano: This is a single shot of espresso with the addition of six to eight ounces of hot water.
Espresso Con Panna: This coffee is made by adding whipped cream to an espresso shot.
Ristretto: A small shot of espresso that has a very intense flavor. The water that is allowed to pass through the coffee grounds while the coffee is being brewed is restricted to a small amount.
Lungo: This drink is made using a longer pull of espresso. A larger amount of water moves through the coffee grounds while the coffee is being brewed.
Cafe Breva: Instead of using whole milk, the Cappuccino that is made with Half and Half.
Dry: An espresso made with a small amount of foam and no steamed milk.
Chairo: An espresso drink made by adding more milk.
Caffe Mochaccino: This is a fancy Cappuccino that has chocolate syrup added.
Frappe: Perfect for a hot day this coffee drink made using ice cream and milk.
Shot in the Dark: This is an espresso shot that has been added to a regular coffee cup and then the rest of cup is filled with drip coffee.
After you first taste the coffee you will be able to judge the consistency of the drink. Next you may want to describe how the coffee tasted. Was the coffee bitter or buttery, spicy or sweet, stale or has a chocolate flavor?