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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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TWINKIES CAPPUCCINOS Are Now Available At Select Stores

Last month, Hostess broke the frozen food aisle by introducing a line of Twinkie-flavored Ice Cream. Now that the nation has Twinkies on the mind, Hostess is taking them to the coffee industry.

In a partnership with Kerry Convenience, a service provider to convenience stores, the snack brand released a line of Twinkie-flavored cappuccinos. The beverage features a blend of creamy milk, sponge cake flavor, and a hint of coffee to encapsulate the Twinkie profile in a hot beverage.

You can find the Twinkie-flavored Cappuccinos now at the popular convenience store chain, Sheetz, at least for now. There will be plans to expand the beverage nationwide in the next couple weeks.

Hopefully we’ll get to try it out here in the West Coast. Could make for a sick Twinkie Ice Cream affogato.


We Compare Lay’s Cappuccino Flavor & More to The Real Thing


Lay’s recently announced four new test flavors for their Do Us a Flavor campaign appearing on shelves at the end of the month. Some may remember that they launched a similar campaign last year, between Sriracha, Chicken and Waffles and Cheesy Garlic Bread. While it’s been heavily debated, Cheese Garlic Bread came across as the winner (I was rooting for Chicken and Waffles). Now it looks like Lay’s is at it again, this time with three four new flavors: Mango Salsa, Wasabi Ginger, Bacon Mac & Cheese and Cappuccino.

The flavors were chosen through a meticulous process of elimination and popularity before making it to the development phases. So definitely not out of a hat, people. The winner will receive either $1 million or one percent of their winning flavors sales, depending on whichever is higher. Solid, right?

We were sent a bag of each to the FOODBEAST office. The staff tried each flavor and rated each of them.


Mango Salsa


Created by Julia Stanley-Metz who recognizes her husband Rick for the inspiration — a man who loves to cook with exotic flavors and ingredients. Julia also makes fresh mango salsa for her family straight from the garden, which brought upon the Mango Salsa chip. Mango Salsa sounded awesome awesome in my head, but I was pretty not into it. Maybe because I associate Mango’s with sweet and juicy.


TOO WEIRD. It’s like mango juice in chip form, not about that life.


Not a fan of the taste, but I can respect them trying it.




It tastes like someone just squeezed mango juice over it. Doesn’t blend at all.

RATING: 4/10

NOTES: The chips tastes both like mangos and salsa. Just not as compatible as an actual salsa.




Suggested by Chad Scott, currently working on his Ph.D., the Cappuccino flavor was inspired by his local barista’s concoctions. The Cappuccino chip starts off pretty sweet with a clash of saltiness to it. Really liked this. Was prepared for an over seasoned chip with tons of coffee flavor that would make me choke. Instead, I was pretty surprised with how nicely the sweet and salt balance worked. Though a little too much on the sweet side.


More of a dessert chip, possible best with vanilla bean ice cream.


I’m kind of down. One of those chips that works in taste, but keeps getting cock-blocked by your mind trying to figure out what’s going on.


Tasted like a thin churro then when the aftertaste hits, it’s all south.


Okay as long as you remind yourself it’s a dessert chip.

RATING: 8/10

NOTES: Cappuccino tastes pretty close. Provided you enjoy your cappuccinos a little on the sweet side.


Bacon Mac & Cheese


Full-time Ohio firefighter matt Allen makes “family meals” at the firehouse whenever there’s training. His signature dish is bacon mac and cheese, which was a huge hit among his fellow fighters of fire. I delight in bacon as much as the next guy, maybe not Marc, but I just wasn’t into this. That being said, this will probably be America’s #1 choice. Just wait.


I could not care less about bacon anything anymore. Sorry.


This one was actually the most palatable of the bunch, but it’s such a drowned and uninspired flavor combo I had to put it at the bottom of the list.


So much potential but ended up with a lackluster flavor. I hate to say it but, “Needs more bacon.”


Just tastes like a cheese chip. Needs moar bacon.

RATING: 6/10

NOTES: Tastes more like cheese powder that has a bacon flavor. Not nearly as close to real bacon mac and cheese.


Wasabi Ginger


Created by Meneko Spigner McBeth, who loved sushi since she was a little girl learning how to make handmade rolls from her grandmother. Her taste for spicy foods like wasabi inspired the Wasabi Ginger flavor. I don’t throw the world “Love” around too much, but yeah. Tasted exactly how it sounded and maybe even a little better. Definitely ate a few more than I should have.


This makes the most sense to me.


Functionally the best chip of the four. I could eat an entire bag, surprised this hasn’t been created before.


Mouth Heaven.


If this doesn’t get chosen, I’m moving out of the US.

RATING: 10/10

NOTES: Tastes like the best parts of both wasabi and ginger. Though not too heavy on the wasabi side, but enough to give you a taste.


So there you have it. Wasabi Ginger is the FOODBEAST staff’s #1 pick. Keep an eye out for all four Lay’s Do Us a Flavor contenders when they hit shelves July 28.

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Ugh, Cappuccino Lay’s Now Exist


We’re sure it started as a joke at first, but now we have to live with the consequences. From late July through October, this year’s round of test flavors for Lay’s Do Us a Flavor contest will make their way to stores, assaulting Instagram feeds and tastebuds with such infuriatingly intriguing novelties as Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese, Mango Salsa, Wasabi Ginger, and, yes, Cappuccino. Ugh, you can’t just, like, not try them.

Like last year, the four finalists were chosen from crowd submissions over the past few months, and the winner will receive either $1 million, or one percent of the winning flavor’s sales, whichever is higher. Unlike last year, the new test flavors will also be available in different varieties of Lay’s chip: “Kettle Cooked” for the Wasabi Ginger and “Wavy” for the Mango Salsa.

Also, if last year’s competition was any indication, we can expect 1) it’ll be super-difficult to find all four flavors, 2) only two of the flavors will taste anything like they’re supposed to, and 3) the most boring one will win. Here’s looking at you, Mango Salsa.



Choco Taco Cappuccino Spotted at a Gas Station


Once upon a time, a taco-shaped, chocolate-covered waffle cone fell in love with a cup of coffee, and wanted to be together so much that it eventually melted and died. And thus, the Choco Taco Cappuccino was born.

Okay, so maybe the real story isn’t that tragic, but that doesn’t make this epic combination of dessert and caffeine any less legendary. Spotted at a gas station in Lake Placid, New York, the Choco Taco Cappuccino is described as a “delicious blend of vanilla ice cream flavor, milk chocolate, dark fudge, and peanuts.” Yeah, in a cup.

Our advice? Ditch the creamer for this bad boy and toss in half an actual Choco Taco instead, or use the Choco Taco as some kind of oversized biscotti. WAAAAAANT.

H/T Grubstreet, Pichx Bedford + Bowery


Salvador Dali Melting Clock Latte is Surreal


I know, the title has you in a fit of stitches. Once you get over the obligatory cheesy, let’s take a moment to admire yet another fine piece of latte art.

Posted to Reddit (where all great things happen), the photo depicts the most impressive of 3D foam skills. 3D marshmallow cats mewing over my cappuccino? Psh, child’s play. This Dali-themed latte was inspired by his famed painting, A Persistence of Memory, and features a foam clock melting over the rim of a mug.

This display of skill was no doubt achieved by a talented art student looking to hone his craft. We suppose that’s what $40K of yearly tuition looks like in latte form.

PicThx Reddit


Latte Art is Kind of Like Balloon Animals for Your Coffee

Japanese drink artist Kazuki Yamamoto must be the most centered guy in the world. If I had the ability to make these amazing latte creations, I don’t think I could tolerate their quick destruction after the customer’s first sip. The images on his Twitter account form a veritable art gallery of his wonderful creations, with a predictable bent towards Japanese animation characters. My favorite is his rendition of my childhood hero – Thomas the Tank Engine – that hits me right at the nostalgia bone.

I do wonder what the hot, steamy deaths of these cute characters look like. Does Thomas’s smile become a face of terror as he is stirred away?

Does this cute lamb bleat in alarm as the teaspoon descends?

Most disturbingly, how could you even finish your drink when all that’s left of happy Sally below is her feet on the lip of the cup? Let’s just say I hope she gets to enjoy her lollipop before passing into the frothy ether.

via Kotaku/photos courtesy of Kazuki Yamamoto on PhotoZou


Gangnam Style Takes Over Coffee


It’s happened. Gangnam Style has finally infiltrated the world of food via an artfully made cappucino.

The viral video has hit nearly 360 million views worldwide, the craze spreading to every facet of our every day lives (see In-N-Out inspired parody). The song has possibly become the most insanely catchiest beat to hit YouTube, possibly more than any Bieber Fever jingle on the radio. So what do you do when every time you hop on an elevator you get a sudden urge to thrust your hips shake your junk? Nothing. There’s no hope for you at that point.

We can only imagine what the next step for the Gangnam empire will be. Gangnam toasters, so you can munch on PSY while you drink your morning coffee? Gangnam Fruit Loops, so you can be awesome and yummy? Gangnam condoms? Actually, that’s already been done.

One thing’s certain, the day I look down into my machiatto and see PSY grinning at me is the day I stop drinking coffee. Actually, the former is more likely than the latter.

Via 9gag