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How To Order The Coffee At The End Of A Meal

Do you consider yourself to be a coffee connoisseur? Or are you just looking to expand your coffee knowledge?

So the waiter asks you if you want coffee and you say yes and then he stands around waiting for you to say more and there’s the rub. Do you know what coffee you really want? Or are you the sort who thinks doppio is derogatory slang for slightly stupid? Or that Solo is the consequence of a date gone bad?

Do you consider yourself to be a coffee connoisseur? Or are you just looking to expand your coffee knowledge?

The Ones Everyone Knows

Espresso (or Solo)

This is the foundation of most coffee variations, but essentially it's the purest shot of unadulterated caffeine you could ask for. Usually served in a small quantity

it's an amazing pick-me-up. It also has all the benefits of coffee concentrated in it.  - They.

Double Espresso (or Doppio)

This is quite literally what it sounds like. It's a double shot of espresso served in one cup.

How To Order The Coffee At The End Of A Meal

Macchiato

A macchiato is similar to an espresso except that this contains a dollop of steamed milk and foam to cut the harsh taste of the espresso. 

Cappuccino

Made with an espresso base the cappuccino contains steamed milk and foam. It is often topped with cacao and many baristas get rather creative with the drink presentation, making awe-worthy patterns with the milk in the coffee. “It’s a leaf! It’s a heart!! Oh it dissolved already...”

How To Order The Coffee At The End Of A Meal

Latte

If you want to sound like you’ve visited Europe, ask for a “Cafe Latte”. (In Europe asking for a “Latte” might get you a glass of steamed milk.) The milk used for the Caffe Latte is steamed and frothed to create a creamy, velvety texture that blends well with the intensely concentrated and flavorful espresso creating a harmony of flavors. The frothing of the milk is done using the steam wand of the espresso machine, which the barista uses whilst chanting, “Expecto Caffeinum!” like a Happy Potter.

Here’s a video about the art of Cafe Latte milk by someone who looks like the love child of Daniel Radcliffe and Ed Sheeran.

Americano

Espresso with hot water. The staple of American diners.

And now, how to embarrass your waiter by asking for exotic coffees:

Ristretto

It's an espresso shot made with half the amount of water. This gives you a richer, and darker flavour profile. 

How To Order The Coffee At The End Of A Meal

Flat White

Essentially, a cappuccino without foam.

Long Black

(Oh, cut it out already.) This is two shots of espresso poured into hot water. The opposite of a standard Americano.

Viennese

Two shots of very strong espresso topped with whipped cream.