Finding Your Way Through The Coffee Jungle

white ceramic cup with espresso

So what’s the difference between a Cafe au Lait and a Caffe Latte, or a Cappuccino and a Frappe? Just by looking at the huge assortment of coffee drinks, how can you decide what you might or might not like? All you can do is dive in and try a few different types. Here’s a bit of information to get you started as a coffee connoisseur.

Espresso

This is a concentrated coffee brewed by forcing hot pressurized water through finely ground coffee. It has a thicker consistency because it has a higher concentration of dissolved solids and the flavors and chemicals in this brew are very concentrated. It is used as a base for other coffee beverages such as the lattes, cappuccino, macchiato, and mochas. Be advised that some espressos carry a heavy hit of caffeine in them. Drink too much and you might not sleep for a couple of days.

Espresso Con Panna is standard espresso crowned with a dip of whipped cream; Americano is a diluted espresso concocted for Americans who don’t like the straight stuff.

Cafe Latte

This beverage is espresso in steamed milk. Cafe au Lait is similar to Cafe Latte except that it is made with brewed coffee instead of espresso and the ratio is 1:1 which gives it a much milder taste.

Cappuccino

This coffee beverage is another espresso derivative with steamed milk, frothed milk and either cinnamon or flaked chocolate sprinkles.

Cafe Breva

This coffee drink is a cappuccino made with half and half milk which makes it a richer drink with a creamier flavor

Cafe Macchiato

The ratio of coffee to milk is 4:1 in this espresso drink with steamed milk.

Frappe

This is a cold form of espresso with 1-2 teaspoons of instant coffee combined with sugar, water and ice. You can have it with milk which makes it into a coffee milkshake.

Iced Coffee

Add some ice and maybe milk and sugar to your coffee, and there you have it.

Flavored Coffee

There are lots of varieties of flavored coffees with syrups, flavorings and spices to make it a little different. Often chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg and various syrups give the regular coffee a unique worldly taste.

Irish Coffee

With a spike of Irish whiskey and a dip of cream, coffee becomes an alcoholic beverage with a bit of a bite.

Mocha

This is a most popular coffee drink similar to a Cappuccino or Latte with chocolate syrup added. This gives it a sweeter, less intense coffee flavor. Usually there is less caffeine in this beverage.

Now you’ll have an idea what you enjoy like coffee-wise. Good luck with your coffee explorations.

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