The espresso is the foundation and the most important part to every espresso based drink.
A concentrated drink produced by forcing hot water through finely ground coffee with an espresso machine for a filled quantity of approximately 1 to 1-1/2 oz. A perfect espresso is deliciously smooth, with full body, intense aroma and a velvety crema. Best served in a pre-heated espresso cup.
An Italian coffee drink that is traditionally prepared with espresso, steamed milk, and foam.
Made in thirds — 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk, 1/3 foam. This is a very traditional way of making cappuccino. The milk should appear glassy, smooth, shiny and with no visible bubbles. The milk and foam should be blended or mixed to create a thick, creamy texture.
A café latte, or “latte” for short, is an espresso based drink with steamed milk and micro-foam added to the coffee. This coffee is much sweeter compared to an espresso due to the steamed milk.
This is what some call an “Australian latte”. Generally, it’s served in a 6 to 8 ounce cup and is meant to be enjoyed with the thinnest layer of foam possible. It is important to keep the ratio of milk to espresso appropriate so as not to overpower the espresso.
The perfect afternoon drink, or for that coffee drinker who wants something strong, but needs a little milk to soften the espresso as it goes down. This drink is in between a macchiato and a cafe latte. The milk should have the consistency of a cafe latte and result in the same glassy, smooth, creamy texture as a cafe latte and cappuccino
A touch of hot fresh water and a double shot pulled long. This creates a nice bold, strong coffee taste. The espresso shot is pulled atop the hot water to ensure the consistency of the crema.
Sometimes called espresso macchiato, is an espresso coffee drink with a small amount of milk, usually foamed. In Italian, macchiato means "stained" or "spotted" so the literal translation of cafè macchiato is "stained coffee", or coffee with a spot of milk.
A cup of American style drip coffee with a shot of espresso added. Also called a Shot in the Dark or an Eye Opener. Variations of the Red Eye include the Black Eye, made with two shots of espresso, and the Dead Eye, made with three shots of espresso.