Coffee Lingo: What's Your Coffee Drink Order?

coffee lingoA double tall, sugar-free vanilla, skim, extra foam, caramel macchiato.

That's my coffee drink order. It's a moutful, but I've mastered it.


When I first moved to New York and was looking for a job, one of my many part-time gigs was working as a barista. I can't tell you how many times people asked me what different coffee drinks were...and it's no surprise, it's super confusing! So I thought I'd break it down for you:

Americano: An espresso drink made with one part espresso and three parts of hot water.

Cafe au Lait: Coffee mixed with equal parts steamed milk.

Caffe Latte: One part espresso, three parts steamed milk with foam on top.

Cappuccino: An espresso drink mixed with one part espresso, one part steamed milk, one part foam. The only difference between a cappuccino and a latte is that a cappuccino has much more foam.

Doppio: In Italian it means "two" so it's two shots of espresso

Espresso Con Panna: An espresso topped with whipped cream.

Frappuccino: Trademark of Starbucks, this is a blended drink that blends a mix of either creme or coffee-base with ice and flavorings.

Macchiato: Also known as espresso macchiato. Macchiato means "to top with", so it is steamed milk "topped with" a shot of espresso and foam. A doppio macchiato would be steamed milk with two shots. And caramel macchiato is a Starbucks drink that adds vanilla syrup into the steamed milk, topped off with espresso, foam, and a swirl of caramel sauce.
Mocha: Basically a latte, with chocolate syrup and sometimes whipped cream. Mmm!

Solo: One shot of espresso

Okay, now I'm ready for my double tall, sugar-free vanilla, skim, extra foam, caramel macchiato.

What's your coffee drink order?


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