A Guide to Understanding Coffee Lingo 

If you’ve ever ordered a cup of coffee from your favorite cafe, you may have noticed that there are many different names for the same type of beverage. Yesterday, we covered what the differences are between a cappuccino and a macchiato. What about an americano or a latte? In this blog post, we’ll explore the different types of coffee drinks and what makes them unique. 

Cappuccino vs Macchiato 

Though these two types of coffee drinks are often confused for each other, they do have some distinct differences. The main difference is that cappuccinos contain more foam than macchiatos. A cappuccino typically contains equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and foam while a macchiato contains less foam and more espresso than a cappuccino. Another difference is that cappuccinos have a sweeter flavor due to the addition of steamed milk while macchiatos have a stronger espresso taste. 

Americano vs Latte 

The main difference between an americano and a latte is the amount of milk used in each drink. An americano is made with one shot of espresso and then hot water is added to create a larger cup with less intensity in flavor. On the other hand, lattes use two shots of espresso and are made with more steamed milk than an americano so it has less caffeine but also more sweetness due to the extra milk used in its creation. 

Mocha vs Frappe 

A mocha and frappe are both cold coffee drinks but they differ in ingredients. A mocha is typically made with chocolate syrup or cocoa powder along with espresso, steamed milk, whipped cream, and topped off with chocolate shavings (optional). On the other hand, frappes are blended beverages made with ice cubes, flavored syrups such as vanilla or caramel, sweeteners like sugar or syrup, some sort of creamer like half & half or non-dairy creamer; then finished off with whipped cream on top (optional). 

Whether you’re just starting out trying different types of coffee drinks or you’re already an expert barista, understanding the lingo associated with different types of coffees can help you order exactly what you want when visiting your local cafe. From cappuccinos to macchiatos to mochas to frappes – now you know all about them. So next time you’re at your favorite cafe ordering up something delicious take this guide into consideration.

Of course, this post just scratches the surface of the many types of coffees. A fun way to remember is this poster to visually see the drinks and their make up. I’m still looking for a pocket version. Please note that if you purchase from clicking on the link, I will get a tiny bit of that sale to help keep this site going.


An Introduction to the Art of Latte and Cappuccino Making

Coffee art, often referred to as latte art or cappuccino art, is a form of edible art that can be found in cafes all over the world. Whether you’re an experienced barista or just starting out, learning the basics of coffee art can help you create stunningly beautiful beverages for your customers. Let’s take a look at some tips and tricks for mastering the art of latte and cappuccino.

The Basics of Coffee Art
Latte and cappuccino coffee art requires practice, but it isn’t impossible to learn. The key is to start with good espresso—the foundation for any truly great cup of coffee. It’s also important that your milk is well-textured; this will produce microfoam bubbles that are critical to creating beautiful designs in your beverage. If you want to get creative with color, use food coloring or natural dyes such as beet powder or matcha powder to color your beverage before adding foam.

Creating Your Design
Once you have mastered the basics of coffee making and have perfected your espresso shot and steamed milk, it’s time to create your design! To make a classic heart design, gently pour steamed milk into the center of the espresso while simultaneously moving your pitcher in a circular motion around the cup’s rim. As you pour, lift up slowly towards the top right corner before slowly bringing it back down again towards the left side. This should produce a classic heart shape with two distinct lines on either side. You can also try experimenting with other shapes like stars or leaves by using different pouring techniques.

Advanced Techniques
If you’re feeling adventurous and want to take your coffee art skills up a notch, there are several advanced techniques that you can try out. One popular technique is called “free pouring,” which involves pouring without using a stencil or guide—just pure creativity! Another technique is called “latte script” which involves writing words like “cappuccino” on top of drinks using a metal spatula or spoon handle instead of a pitcher. Finally, if you want to take it up another level entirely, try out 3D latte art! This involves creating intricate sculptures out of foam such as flowers or animals that appear three-dimensional when viewed from above.

Coffee art may seem intimidating at first glance but don’t let that scare you away! With patience and practice anyone can master the basics of latte and cappuccino making in no time at all. Whether you’re creating something simple like hearts or something more complex like 3D sculptures, learning how to make stunningly beautiful beverages not only brings joy but also helps promote customer loyalty for cafes everywhere! So why wait? Get started today on perfecting your coffee-making skills so that you too can become an expert barista someday soon

If you would like to check out other peoples art, for ideas or just plain envy


Festive Christmas Coffee Drinks to Make This Holiday Season

The holidays are upon us and that means it’s time to get into the festive spirit! One of the best ways to do that is by cozying up with a delicious Christmas coffee drink. Here are 5 recipes for festive Christmas coffee drinks that will get you into the holiday spirit in no time.

1. Gingerbread Latte: This classic Christmas drink is made with espresso, steamed milk, gingerbread syrup, and a touch of cinnamon. It’s the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day.

2. Candy Cane Mocha: This drink is made with espresso, chocolate syrup, candy cane syrup, and steamed milk. It’s a delicious combination of rich chocolate and minty flavor that’s sure to get you into the holiday spirit.

3. Eggnog Latte: This festive twist on a classic latte is made with espresso, steamed milk, eggnog, nutmeg, and cinnamon. It’s the perfect drink to enjoy while curled up by the fire.

4. White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha: This flavorful drink is made with espresso, white chocolate syrup, peppermint syrup, and steamed milk. It’s a delightful combination of sweet and minty flavors that will leave you feeling merry and bright.

5. Gingerbread Cookie Latte: This delicious latte is made with espresso, gingerbread cookie syrup, steamed milk, and a touch of cinnamon. It’s the perfect way to enjoy your favorite holiday cookies in liquid form!

These five festive Christmas coffee drinks are sure to get you into the holiday spirit! So grab your favorite mug, cozy up by the fire, and enjoy one (or all) of these delicious drinks. Happy holidays!