Ordering an espresso? A glossary

Sep 15 2010 by
Categories : Culture

Don’t know which espresso to order? This primer will get you up to speed for your next cafe visit.

Espresso is prepared with 7 grams of coffee and 30 to 40 ml of water. Has a dense foam – called the crema – which should be light brown and slightly striated.

Ristretto – Short Espresso
Espresso prepared with 7 grams of coffee and 20 to 25 ml of water. A more intense flavour than espresso.

Lungo – Long Espresso
Espresso prepared with 7 grams of coffee and 60 ml of water. The flavour is slightly more bitter than espresso.

Doppio – Double Espresso
Espresso prepared with 14 grams of coffee and 60 to 80 ml of water.

Coffee consisting of one-third espresso, one-third milk and one-third milk froth.

Americano – American
Espresso to which hot water is added to dilute the coffee’s strong taste.

Espresso topped with a layer of steamed milk.

Caffè Latte – Café au Lait
Half espresso – double or long – half steamed milk.

Latte Macchiato
Espresso poured into hot milk and milk froth. The coffee lies between the milk and froth — the ingredients stack without getting mixing up. It is served in a glass to appreciate its appearance.

Caffè Con Panna
Short espresso topped with a layer of whipped cream.

Caffè Mocha – Café Mocha

A mix of espresso, steamed milk and cocoa topped with whipped cream sprinkled with chocolate.

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