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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 EspressoWorks.au, there’s some reasoning to exactly why and how the names of the world’s most popular coffee beverages came to be.


Espresso

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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.”

Americano

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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.

Macchiato

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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.

Ristretto

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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

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.

Cappuccino

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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.

Mocha

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.

Affogato

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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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6 Infuriating Coffee Shop Habits Built By Starbucks Culture

We’ve gotta hand it to Starbucks. We instinctively look to them for Coffee 101 lessons. Accessible just about everywhere, from Target to Disneyland, it’s a welcome sight for coffee fiends from all walks of life. Although sometimes, you will actually encounter areas where the only brewed selection isn’t courtesy of a green goddess. This is where we often fail as consumers, as Starbucks has ruined our perception of caffeine-laced beverages. How? Well, for starters . . .

1. Ordering by size is a language barrier.

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Do you want a large? Then stop requesting a Venti elsewhere! It’s an ugly habit that’s tough to kick, especially when you have a favorite potion. The phrase just rolls off your tongue. Many places don’t even offer more than two size options, making this exchange especially awkward. Speaking of size . . .

2. Requesting beverages by name may yield other results.

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For example, a macchiato ordered in Starbucks has multiple sizes. In non-Starbucks territory, it yields a single espresso size. Before you go chewing out your barista for incompetence, stop to consider the possibility that they’re actually assembling the norm. Now take a deep breath before your next move.

3. New, fancy drinks aren’t exactly new.

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Starbucks recently introduced a Latte Macchiato. Consisting of espresso layers, steamed whole milk and even more espresso, it’s the kissing cousin to their new Flat White. However, Flat Whites have been around in Australia since before you were born. Brush up on what’s listed on another joint’s drink board, and try not to look like an douche when it’s your turn.

4. Coffee shops don’t all offer frequent buyer cards.

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Everybody may know your name at the local ‘bucks, but at the independent spot, they will give you a blank stare if you attempt to pay with an app. Remember, these places thrive in an indie-minded environment. That may mean a wall of mismatched mugs belonging to regulars. What it doesn’t mean: Attitude over their differences. This is especially apparent if you  . . .

5. Ask about WiFi (DON’T).

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Connecting to their internet should not be considered a right. Believe it or not, many shops want you to put your phone down and communicate with those around you. Lugging in your laptop and setting up office for an afternoon may generate a lot of stink eye in your direction. If it isn’t obviously available, just chill for the time being and do something cray like read the news from an actual paper.

6. Your expectations run low for everyone else.

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Go ahead and play favorites, but remember that Starbucks used to be just another place to get a hot beverage. Less corporate coffeehouses make up for a lack of festive branded cups with kick ass latte art and board games. Who doesn’t want a complex, steamed milk design with your Jenga competitive streak? And remember to drop a tip in that jar; many can’t afford to offer things like health benefits. Supporting local only makes you look good.

 

 

 

 

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Starbucks Canada Unveils New Maple-Flavored Macchiato, Of Course

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Sure, we could stop making the same jokes about our northern neighbors. It’s just that they make it so damn easy.

Like Starbucks Canada‘s latest flavor of macchiato, for instance. Maple. Presumably, because the Canadian diet consists of literally nothing beyond poutine, donuts, and maple syrup. Or they were just looking for something even more stereotypically Canadian than “Maple Moose” Lay’s chips.

Previously available in the states, the new Maple Macchiato drizzles “real Canadian Maple Syrup” atop a mixture of steamed milk, vanilla syrup, and a shot of espresso. Available hot or iced, the drink is supposedly “super super Canadian,” according to Vancouver-based food blogger DesignGirl. We wouldn’t be surprised if it came with a free beer and a donut.

#mmmaple