Best Espresso and Espresso Machine Terms

People around the world are fans of coffee. In various areas people love various types. Then some people love their coffee in any form or fashion. Other coffee connoisseurs enjoy only particular types. There are many particular types to choose from, coffee, cappuccino, latte, americano, or espresso which is the base of the other drinks. For those who stand at the menu looking confused, here is some help.

Espresso or Caffè espresso is a concentrated traditional Italian coffee beverage brewed by forcing hot water under pressure through finely ground coffee with an espresso machine. Espresso is the base for other drinks, such as lattes, cappuccino, macchiato, mochas, and americanos.

A latte or caffe latte is a coffee drink made with espresso and steamed milk.

A cappuccino is an Italian coffee drink prepared with espresso, hot milk, and steamed-milk froth.

Macchiato or Caffe macchiato is a coffee drink, made out of espresso with a small amount of milk.

Americano or Caffe Americano is a style of coffee prepared by adding hot water to espresso, giving a similar strength but different flavor from regular drip coffee.

Mocha or caffe mocha is similar to a latte but with chocolate added.

Now here are some other terms you may need to know.

Barista is Italian for bartender. These are what the coffee house employees are called who prepare and serve the various espresso-based drinks.

The demitasse cup is where most of these drinks start. This is a preheated cup that the Barista uses for their espresso pull.

Pull this may also be called a shot, this is the amount “pulled” from the machine to form a shot of espresso.


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