Coffee & Espresso Termonology

Espresso Terminology

  • Espresso –

    Webster defines it as “coffee prepared in a special machine from finely ground beans, through which steam under high pressure is forced.”

  • Cappuccino –

    A Cappuccino is made from & in equal parts of espresso, steamed & frothed milk. A single is proportional to a double.
    (Ex: A 20 oz. cup, should come standard with 3 shots of espresso.)

  • Latte –

    Made with espresso and topped with steamed milk. A ‘milked down’ version of a Cappuccino, it’s just without froth.

  • Americano –

    Espresso mixed with hot water.

  • Single –

    A single Cappuccino or Latte is made from one shot of Espresso served in a 12oz. cup. (Remember the term Cappuccino)

  • Double –

    A double Cappuccino or Latte is made with two shots of Espresso served in a 16 oz. cup. (Remember the term Cappuccino)

  • Tall –

    A Single Cappuccino or Latte served in a larger cup than normal. This gives the drinker less of an Espresso tasting drink.

  • Short –

    A Double Cappuccino or Latte served in a single-size cup. This gives the drinker more of an Espresso tasting drink.

  • Long –

    A shot of espresso that is pulled with extra water.

  • Skinny –

    A Cappuccino or Latte made with skim milk. For those of you who are health conscious.

  • Mocha –

    A Mocha Espresso, Cappuccino or Latte is served with a shot of chocolate. Mocha is one of the most popular flavors available.

  • Decaf –

    A decaf Espresso, Cappuccino or Latte is made with Swiss Water Process Decaffeinated Espresso Beans. This gives the drinker a caffeine-free alternative for their Espresso based drinks.

  • Chai –

    A Tea alternative to Espresso based Latte drinks. Its origin is from the Himalayan culture. It consists of black teas, honey, milk & a variety of herbal spices. It can be served cold over ice or steamed as a Latte. You may add a flavor to it or try a Chai High!

  • Hammerhead –

    (a.k.a. Shot in the Dark, Red-Eye) A shot of espresso served in coffee.

  • CRAPpuccino –

    Is what you find in a gas station or convenience store. It is more or less hot water flavored with a ‘hot chocolate powder’ mixture.

  • Mc-CRAPpuccino –

    McDonald’s poor attempt at a Cappuccino.