What Did They Say?
Sometimes it seems like baristas are speaking a different language. Allow us to translate:
Macchiato: refers to a drink "marked with" something: "marked with" foam, "marked with" a shot of espresso, etc.
Ristretto shot: using the same amount of coffee grounds, water is only poured to produce the first half of an espresso shot. A ristretto shot still contains most of the caffeine and is sweeter than a full shot.
Portafilter: the "thing" you put the coffee grounds into to pull espresso shots.
Split Shot: half decaf, half caffeinated
Shot-in-the-dark, Red Eye, or Pile Driver: this drink--drip coffee with a shot of espresso--goes by a variety of amusing names.
- Steaming pitcher
- Milk thermometer
- Milk towels
- Coffee scoop (2T size)
- Coffee tamper
- Knock box (to knock used grounds into--optional)
- Large spoon (to hold back foam as you pour)
Basic Espresso Drinks
Solo Espresso: a single shot of espresso
Doppio Espresso: two shots of espresso
Espresso Macchiato: espresso shots with a dollop of foam
Espresso Con Panna: espresso shots topped with whipped cream
Americano: espresso shots with hot water
Latte: espresso shots with steamed milk, topped with a layer of foam
Mocha: espresso with chocolate, steamed milk, usually topped with whipped cream
Latte Macchiato: steamed milk topped with a layer of foam and a ristretto shot of espresso
Cappuccino: espresso with half steamed milk, half foam. "Dry" refers to more foam than the standard, and "wet" refers to more milk than the standard. "Bone dry" means espresso shots, then filled to the brim with foam.
Espresso Drink Recipes
Whip up something to go with your espresso drink: