Types of Coffee Beverages

Once again, Christopher Alexander offers food for thought… or drink, to be precise. What coffee’ish beverage do you sip, if anything?

  • Latte – Steamed Milk and Coffee, usually 1:1 ratio
  • Cappuccino – Espresso, Steamed Milk and Foamed Milk at a typical ratio of 1:1:1
  • Macchiato – Espresso ‘marked’ with a tablespoon or so of milk foam on top commonly
  • Ristretto Espresso – ‘restrained’ espresso – only pouring 2/3 or 1/2 of the espresso shot – and tossing the bitter remnants
  • Lungo – the opposite of ‘ristretto’ – this is a longer shot or double the water brewed through a single dosing of grounds, produces a milder (but more bitter espresso some may find)
  • Americano – very hot water topped with a shot of espresso (in that order) – to produce a coffee similar to American Coffee. Adding the shot on top of the hot water, preserves more of the Cafe Crema.
  • Espresso Doppio – double shot of espresso, vs Espresso Solo – single shot. There are other varieties of these too – Doppio Con Panna (With Whipped Whipping Cream) etc.
  • Corretto – literally “corrected” espresso – add a shot of Brandy, Whiskey, Grappa – or other spirits.
  • Romano – regular Solo Espresso served with a slice of lemon peel on the side.
  • Mocha – chot of espresso with melted chocolate, or as american coffee shops do it, chocolate sauce from a bottle. You could make a pot of hot chocolate with milk, and add 1/2 Hot Chocolate, and 1/2 Espresso.
  • Freddo – great on hot summer days, this is chilled espresso.

He left out the Pirillo, which is a cup of coffee with real cream in it. Yes, it’s true – that’s called a Pirillo. Half-and-Half doesn’t count.