Not Your Average Cup of Joe...Types of Coffee Drinks
Be honest… do you know all the ways to order coffee at a coffee shop? Sure, almost all of us know a few ways. Plus, most of us can list off several different kinds of drinks. But do you actually know what a flat white is, or a breve? How about a latte macchiato?
We know that it can be overwhelming ordering coffee. First off, coffee isn’t always cheap. If you want good coffee, you will be paying a higher price tag. Second, coffee is an acquired taste. Not everyone loves a straight espresso. Finally, humans are generally creatures of habit. Once we find something we like, we tend to stick with it.
However, diving into the world of coffee is an exciting and tasty journey. While a vanilla latte is a classic, there is something out there you might enjoy more. You just haven’t tried it yet.
All About Coffee
First off, let’s do a quick refresher on types of beans. There are two main kinds of coffee beans: Arabica beans and Robusta beans. Most coffees are made from arabica beans, while robusta beans are, wait for it, more robust. If you enjoy an espresso or just a good, strong cup of joe, try robusta.
Whatever kinds of beans you use, what will affect the taste more is the brewing method. Back to basics: black coffee is poured straight from the carafe after it was brewed. Nothing additional is added for flavor. Coffee with milk and/or sugar is plain black coffee with dairy or sugar, or both, added after the brewing process. Pretty straightforward.
Filtered or drip coffee is a brewing method where hot water is slowly poured over ground coffee beans placed in a paper filter. The coffee infused water is collected in a carafe underneath. French press coffee uses a plunger to separate the coffee from the grounds after the brewing process.
Percolated coffee is a technique that circulates hot water through coffee grounds. Gravity is used to make the coffee the desired strength. Turkish coffee, traditionally served in the Middle East, is finely ground coffee immersed in water, so the most amount of foam as possible can form.
Cold brew coffee does not use hot water, like other types of coffee. Rather, cold water and ground coffee are allowed to sit for an extended period together to create a smooth, less bitter coffee that is served cold. Iced coffee, on the other hand, is pouring hot brewed coffee over ice to cool it before serving.
Vacuum coffee uses two champers to brew the final cup of coffee. Vapor pressure and a vacuum work together in this method. Finally, an espresso packs ground coffee tightly and a small amount of water is run through to create a strong, but small, serving of coffee.
Types of Coffee Drinks
When it comes to ordering your coffee, there are a wide variety of terms used to denote what style of coffee you will be getting. A Caffe Americano is an espresso with hot water added to create a full cup of coffee. This larger cup is a similar strength to regular coffee, but a different taste. Cafe Zorro is a double shot of espresso added to an equal amount of water.
Ordering a Cappuccino will yield an espresso with added hot milk and steamed milk foam. A Latte, on the other hand, is an espresso made with steamed milk and just a little foam. Typically the espresso to milk ratio is 1:3 or 1:5. An Antoccino is a shot of espresso served with equal parts steamed milk.
A Flat White is an espresso, similar to a latte, but with textured, or aerated, milk. A Macchiato is like a cappuccino, but stronger. It is made with foamed milk and espresso. A Breve is an espresso served with half milk and half cream. Cafe au Lait is a strong coffee made with scalded milk in an equal ratio. Ordering a Mocha, or Cafe Mocha, is like a latte only with chocolate syrup.
If you want a little extra kick, ordering a Doppio will get you a double shot of espresso. A Ristretto is made with the normal amount of coffee for an espresso but only half the water. And a Lungo is an espresso made with a little bit extra water.
An Espresso con Panna is coffee made with a whipped cream topping. A Chai Latte is an espresso with added spiced tea and steamed milk. A Black Tie is a double shot of espresso served with Thai iced coffee and sweetened condensed milk.
Some international styles of coffee is the Cafe Cubano, where demerara sugar is added to an espresso. Caffe Creama is a long espresso drink generally served in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and parts of Italy. If you order an Espresso Romano, you will get a shot of espresso with a slice of lemon accompanying it. Cafe Bombon is popular in Spain and is an espresso served with equal parts sweetened condensed milk.
For something fun, try a Semifreddo which espresso poured over a cold bowl of ice cream, typically vanilla. Of course, leave it to the Irish to mix liquor into their coffee! An Irish Coffee is coffee mixed with whiskey and cream and sometimes sweetened with sugar.
Try a New Drink at Sweetbriar Rose
Believe it or not, this isn’t even an exhaustive list. There are styles of coffee drinks around the world that people enjoy. Some gain international exposure, some remain hidden favorites. But, there are so many ways to enjoy a good cup of coffee.
All coffee is not created equal. You can buy any old kind of coffee at the grocery store, or you can dig a little deeper and find a rich coffee with intense flavors that does more for you than give you that jolt of caffeine.
As Sweetbriar Rose, we use coffee exclusively from Greater Goods for our espressos and Texas Coffee Traders for our teas and brewed coffee. Greater Goods originated in Austin, TX and focuses on “roasting some of the world’s best coffees and trying to do good in the communities [they] serve.” They even offer a variety of classes to learn about the art of coffee making.
Next time you’re at a place that serves coffee, like Sweetbriar Rose, order something a little outside of your comfort zone. Who knows, it just might be your next favorite drink.
We look forward to serving you soon!