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The Meaning Behind Your Favorite Types of Coffee Drinks

Coffee is a wonderful thing, yet, people rarely consider the actual meaning behind the names of all the different types of coffee drinks around the world.

Thanks to an infographic created by, there’s some reasoning to exactly why and how the names of the world’s most popular coffee beverages came to be.


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While it might seem like it, the term espresso has nothing to do with speed. In Italian, espresso also translates to the phrase, “made to order.”

Additionally, “cafe express” is a term used to define a cup of coffee, “expressly” made for someone. When paired with the Italian word for coffee, “cafe,”  the term “cafe espresso,” means “pressed-out coffee.”


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Made simply with espresso and hot water, an Americano is about as American as apple pie.

In fact, there’s a popular theory that American soldiers in World War II would dilute their coffee with water, in order to lessen the bitter taste. Now, the term, “Americano” takes on a whole new meaning.


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The Macchiato is well-known for its creamy, flavorful characteristics. It’s made with a shot of espresso, and topped with foamed milk.

In Italian, the word macchiato actually means, “spotted,” so essentially the name is a hat tip to the small amount of foamed milk the drink is topped with.

Piccolo Latte

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The piccolo latte is a small, yet powerful shot made with espresso, and mixed with steamed micro foam. In Italian, piccolo means “small.”

The concept of this latte was created by baristas as a means for quality control. As a result, baristas were able to taste their brew — after milk had been added — without consuming too much coffee.


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This dark, more concentrated version of a standard espresso shot is made with half the amount of water.  In Italy, ristretto means, “limited,” which translates to the limited amount of water used.

Caffe Latte

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A latte is made with steamed milk and topped with foam. The Italian influence on this drink is apparent, as “latte” is the Italian word for milk. Just remember, in Italy, there’s a difference between “latte,” which is just milk, and “cafe latte,” which is steamed milk and espresso. 


Doppio, or double espresso, serves a vital role in the coffee industry as the primary drink used to judge barista espresso quality in competitions.

The Italian word doppio actually translates to, “double,” in English, which is fitting considering it’s double the amount of a single espresso.


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A cappuccino is similar to a latte, but is topped with more foam and chocolate. “Cappuccino” comes from the latin term “caputium,” which describes a type of head covering.

Flat White

A cappuccino is a very light espresso beverage, similar to a latte, but with less foam on top.

Some might suggest that the term, “flat white” is used to describe coffee one could make at home, which is called a flat in some countries.


While mocha can be used to describe a color, or chocolate flavors, the Cafe Mocha was named after the Yemen’s Port of Al Mokha, where the mocha-specific beans were shipped.


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Traditionally a dessert beverage, an affogato is made with ice cream and espresso. However, the term, “affogato” is actually somewhat morbid, because in Italian it means, “drowned.”

Now that you’ve learned the secret meanings behind the names of different types coffee drinks, go order one at your local coffeeshop.

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Watch Irish People Lose It After Drinking Coffee For The First Time

Coffee’s the legal adult drug that no one will judge you for consuming, but it’s not necessarily everyone’s drug of choice.

While everyone you know might be a coffee addict who can’t function without their fix, there are surprisingly people out there who haven’t ever tried it.

Facts., The Irish YouTube channel, found such people and recorded their honest first reactions to the drink.

Their first sip was of the classic Americano, which is a bit of a brutal first drink, since it’s straight up shots of espresso with added water. Excitedly, one of the recipients said it “smells like dirt,” just like his friend told him it would.

They transitioned into a macchiato, which tasted better, but apparently also tasted like, “An old lady’s underpants.”

After the macchiato, they went back to Bittertown, trying an espresso, and nearly ripping their eyes out.

The film crew seemed to be a bit merciful to end the video, letting the new coffee drinkers try a mocha, which is basically a hot chocolate coffee, but by then it was too late. Each of the drinkers said they’d pass on the coffee life.

“It’s OK to like coffee. Just don’t be one of them coffee wankers.” Important words to live by.

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9 Starbucks Drinks That Are In The Under 100 Calorie Club

My first Starbucks experience involved a grande Caramel Frappuccino, as is the case for a lot of high schoolers. When you’re a teenager, you don’t really mind the 420 calories because you’ll probably burn it off playing a sport, or running to class the next day.

When high school’s over, though, and you’re an adult staring at that Starbucks menu, you’re probably looking for a pick-me-up that won’t go straight to your gut.

While there’s a lot of high calorie drinks filled with sugar, syrup, and whipped cream, there’s a solid amount of drinks that actually fall under 100 calories.

Stick to these drinks and you’ll be a little less guilty taking that sip of coffee or tea.


Grande Cold Brew Coffeecold-brew

Not only does the Cold Brew have fewer than 5 calories, it has zero grams of sugar. Even if you add a little bit of 2% milk, it only adds 25 calories, bringing you a total of 30 calories.


Grande Iced Coffee

Their classic grande Iced Coffee, without anything added, is only 5 calories. Get it sweetened and it’s still only 80 calories, keeping it under the 100 calorie threshold.


Grande Iced Caffè Americanoamericano

This is literally just espresso shots and water, adding up to 10 calories.


Tall Iced Skinny Mocha

The bittersweet skinny mocha sauce, along with espresso and non-fat milk served over ice. 90 calories. You have to get a tall for this though, or else you’ll jump up to 120 calories in the grande size, which isn’t too bad in the grand scheme of things.


Starbucks Refreshers Beverages

very berry hibiscus

The Refreshers are a flavorful choice, as the Very Berry Hibiscus has 70 calories, Cool Lime has 60 calories, and Valencia Orange toes the line with 90 calories.


Grande Doubleshot on Ice

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This one doubles as not only a low calorie option, at 90 with nonfat milk, but it’s one of the ultimate pick-me-ups, sporting 225 milligrams of caffeine.


Grande Teavana Shaken Iced Teas

Their Teavana Passion Tango Tea, Black Tea , Peach Tea, and Green Tea all have  80 calories. Their Sweet Tea hits the 100 calorie mark, but we won’t tell anyone about those extra 20 calories.


Tall Espresso Light Frappuccino

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There is an exception to the Frappuccino, but it doesn’t come easy. No syrups, or whipped cream added, just a straight up, tall Espresso Light Frap. Unlike its counterparts, this only has 80 calories, if you must have a Frappuccino in your life.


Grande Teavana Mango Black Tea

Like the shaken iced teas, the Mango Black Tea also tops off at 80 calories. The teas seem to be some of the better low calorie options at the Bux.

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7 Starbucks Drinks That’ll Have You Wired All Day

We’ve all had that late night where we caught a random Thursday night concert in Los Angeles, got home at 1 a.m., then woke up four hours later to rush to work and write a story about the strongest drinks Starbucks has to offer, absolutely needing one of those drinks yourself.

While we all have our favorite drinks that help keep us awake and functioning through our hectic days, I thought I’d find out which Starbucks drinks give you the biggest jolt.

The first thing I learned was that even though Starbucks will give you whatever you want, they don’t recommend, nor advertise drinks with more than five shots of espresso. You can go ahead and knock yourself out with a 47-shot Frappuccino, but that’s a super customized drink that’s not on menu.

If want to load up on caffeine, and really put a shock to your system, bigger is usually better at the mega coffee chain. A lot of their venti drinks have a borderline-scary amount of espresso shots, and their new cold brews will kick your ass, too.

These are the best pick-me-ups Starbucks has to offer. Go with any of them, and you’ll surely get wired:

Venti Double Shot On Ice


Their grande-sized Double Shot energy drinks are pretty effective in their own right, but when you upgrade to a venti, those two shots of espresso turn into FIVE shots. So a venti gets you more than double the caffeine that’s in the canned energy drink version, with a total of 375 milligrams.

Venti Caffe Americano


A venti Caffe Americano is essentially just espresso and water. While not as exaggerated as the venti Doubleshot, the Americano serves up four shots, and is also popular for being a low-calorie option. All those shots come out to be 300 milligrams of caffeine, with a total of 25 calories.

Venti Iced Caffe Americano


This is literally the exact same thing, just iced. If you’re not a fan of hot drinks, the iced version has your back, with the same amount of shots, same calories, and same caffeine content.

Narino 70 Cold Brew


A venti iced Cold Brew doesn’t need a bunch of shots to get you hyped up. The African brew has a robust 300 milligrams of caffeine and will definitely make you feel like Tweak from South Park.

Nitro Cold Brew

The new Nitro Cold Brew isn’t available nationwide, yet, but those of you who can get your hands on the nitrogen-infused coffee know that it is Hulk strong. A grande contains 345 milligrams of caffeine, and is so strong, they don’t even offer a venti, for your own safety.

Pike Place Roast


The Pike is one of Starbucks’ standard cups of coffee, but don’t underestimate its strength. Standing alone, without any crazy modifications that most other drinks require, the Pike has 410 milligrams of caffeine in a venti, and 310 milligrams for a grande. Hell, the tall 12-ounce cup has 235 milligrams in it, which is more than a 5-Hour Energy Drink‘s 230 milligrams.

Blonde Roast


If you’re looking for the absolute king of caffeine, the Blonde Roast packs the biggest punch with 475 milligrams of caffeine for a venti. Even a grande has more caffeine than almost everything else on this list with 360 milligrams. You probably drink these on the daily and don’t even realize that you have enough caffeine in you to have a Jessie Spano-like meltdown.


Good Luck Understanding this Coffee Flow Chart


For most of us, a cup of coffee is just that: A cup of coffee. Maybe some milk and sugar mixed in. Or maybe you’ve got some espresso, steamed milk, and melted chocolate. Or maybe you’ve got coffee concentrate, a few ice cubes, and some cold water. The point is no matter how simple (or not so simple) you think your caffeine fix is, this chart is about to make it a whole lot more complicated.

Sure, maybe you know how you brewed your espresso this morning. But do you know how coarse the dry grind was? And do you know what “grinding apparatus” was used to grind it? And do you know what you’ll have if you add whipped cream instead of a shot of steamed milk?

If you’re willing to set aside a few minutes every morning to sorting out this flow chart (another coffee-based win from Pop Chart Lab), you’ll be an expert in no time, identifying red eyes and black eyes with just a whiff from your super refined nose.

Let us know when you’ve got it figured out. All those lines sort of confuse us.

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