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Bikini Baristas
Ordering Espresso Can Be Fun!

 

 

OK guys....listen up! Once you've found your favorite bikini baristas you'll want to impress them with your command of espresso lingo. There are lots of archaic terms out there but these are just the basic espresso terms that will make ordering your espresso easy.

Important tip: NEVER ask for an "expresso"; it's the quickest way to make yourself look stupid. There is no such word as "expresso". The correct word is "espresso". (The second quickest way to make yourself look stupid is to ask for a "cup of Joe". Another no no.)

 

Americano – short for Caffe Americano – 1 shot of espresso diluted with hot water so that it has the strength of a normal cup of American drip coffee

Barista – an Italian term for individuals to operate espresso machines and who serve espresso as a profession

Breve – Italian for “short” - espresso with steamed half-and-half

Black Eye – a cup of drip coffee with two shots of espresso

Caffe Americano - 1 shot of espresso diluted with hot water so that it has the strength of a normal cup of American drip coffee; however it is better than drip coffee because it is made to order

Café Au Lait – French style drink with 1/2 coffee and 1/2 steamed milk or sometimes 2/3 coffee and 1/3 steamed milk

Caffe Breve – espresso with steamed half-and-half; a very rich drink

Caffe Latte – usually shortened to just “Latte” – espresso made with steamed milk and frothed milk to which flavorings such as hazelnut or vanilla can be added; the milk is steamed in order to aerate it to give it the consistency to whipped cream, but without burning it. The steamed and frothed milk is poured into the espresso

Caffe Macchiato – or just “Macchiato”- An espresso served with a teaspoon or two of foamed milk added to the top

Caffe Mocha – or just “Mocha” - A latte with chocolate, which can be prepared with either steamed chocolate milk or with chocolate syrup and usually topped with whipped cream and cocoa powder

Cappuccino – a drink with 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk, and 1/3 frothed milk on top; more foamy than a latte; can be topped with cinnamon or other spices

Chai Latte – black tea with spices and steamed milk

Con Panne – Espresso with whipped cream

Crema – the golden-brown or caramel colored foam that forms on the top of an espresso

Decaf – short for “decaffeinated”, in which most, but not all, of the caffeine has been removed

Doppio – Italian for “double” - a double shot of espresso

Double – espresso made with two shots

Double Double – espresso made with double cream and double sugar

Dry – espresso made without any steamed milk, just frothed milk

Espresso – a brewing process (and drink) in which 1/5 ounces of water are heated to 190 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and forced under high pressure, usually 135 PSI, through 7 grams of compacted finely ground Arabica coffee beans, for 25 seconds. The word “espresso” comes from the Latin word “expresere” which means “to press out”. Espresso is made to order, which is why we have baristas. Espresso was invented in Italy but it was not until the invention of the spring lever piston espresso machine that it became widely available as the drink we know today. Espresso is the base for other drink, such as lattes, cappuccino, macchiato and mochas, etc. Espresso served by itself has no milk added.

Half Caf – espresso made with half regular and half decaf

Harmless – decaf expresso

Flat White – a latte without the frothed milk, just the steamed milk

Grande – 16 ounce cup

Latte – espresso made with steamed milk and frothed milk to which flavorings such as hazelnut to vanilla can be added; the milk is steamed in order to aerate it to give it the consistency to whipped cream, but without burning it. The steamed and frothed milk is poured into the espresso

Macchiato – espresso served with a teaspoon or two of foamed milk added to the top

Mocha – a latte with chocolate, which can be prepared with either steamed chocolate milk or with chocolate syrup and usually topped with whipped cream and cocoa powder

Mochaccino – a cappuccino with chocolate

Quad – espresso made with four shots

Red Eye – a cup of drip coffee with a single shot of espresso added

Short – an 8 ounce cup

Shot – brewed espresso

Single – a single shot of espresso, usually 1 to 1.5 oz.

Skinny – made with non-fat milk

Skinny Harmless - made with non-fat milk and decaf

Solo (Italian for :single”) – one shot of espresso

Tall – a 12 oz. cup

Triple – espresso made with three shots

Unleaded – espresso made with decaf

Venti – a 20 oz. cup
 

Remember: just as important as getting your espresso order right is leaving your bikini barista a nice big tip!

 

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