It’s hard to believe that not long ago the only question that went with a cup of coffee was, “Do you want cream and sugar with that?” Now, standing in line at the local coffee shop can make you feel like an out-of-touch parent in a room full of teenagers. “What are they saying?!?”
Coffee Ordering 101
Before you go out for your next coffee fix, learn about some of the most common drink options.
Hot Coffee Drinks
Espresso is basically a shot of very strong coffee. It’s a little thick, has a lot of caffeine and a strong coffee taste. You can drink it by itself, or it can be added to other drinks.
Americanos are watered down shots of espresso. They’re made with 2/3 hot water and 1/3 espresso. Americanos don’t taste as strong as espresso, but they are also not sweet.
Lattes are made of espresso, steamed milk and a thin layer of foam. You can also get flavors added to a latte, like caramel or vanilla. They are a sweet drink and don’t have a strong coffee taste.
Cappuccinos are made with equal parts coffee and steamed milk. You can add flavors to them, and they do not have a strong coffee flavor. The main difference between cappuccinos and lattes is that cappuccinos have more foam.
Macchiatos contain espresso, a thin layer of foam and usually added flavoring. They taste sweet but still have a pretty strong coffee flavor.
Mochas are very sweet and, unfortunately, high in calories. They are made with espresso, hot milk and chocolate. White Mochas contain — you guessed it! — white chocolate.
Cold Coffee Drinks
1. Iced Coffee
Iced coffee is made with room temperature or hot water and poured over ice. There are sweetened and unsweetened versions.
2. Cold Brew Coffee
Cold brew coffee is made with cold water. It tends to be less bitter and less acidic than iced coffee.
3. Nitro Coffee
Nitro coffee is cold brewed coffee infused with nitrogen gas to give it a frothy, foamy consistency. It tricks your mouth into thinking the drink is sweet even though no sugar has been added. It’s definitely a whole new way to drink coffee — served straight from the tap, just like beer.
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