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How To Not Be Intimidated At A High End Coffee Shop: A Guide

 

I've been there. You've been there. We've all been there. You walk into a nice, high-end coffee shop in your town or on vacation, you look at the menu and you freeze. What the f*$k is an Americano? A soft what? Does doppio mean several coffees? While this feeling is not awesome, don't let it deter you, you need your coffee fix and getting it from a barista that really knows there stuff is totally worth it. 

Americano: 

An Americano is just an intimidating sounding Italian word for espresso with water. Basically, if you're someone who loves the taste of a freshly pulled espresso, but you're looking for a bit more bang for your buck, this is the perfect drink for you. 

Latte: 

This is the most common "fancy" drink in America, you can get it at most restaurants and coffee shops. It's a shot of espresso mixed with steamed milk. Often, you can ask for a pump of vanilla, hazelnut or any other flavor they might have on the bar. 

Flat White:

Admittedly, this is one of the most confusing fancy coffee drinks out there. Similar to a latte (see above), the 'flat white' consists of espresso, and foamed milk. The difference, however, is in the amount of milk, the texture of it and the temperature - stay with me. The drink is made with two shots of espresso and micro-foamed milk that is heated to the same temperature so that it the foam and scalded milk won't separate. 

Cortado:

While this drink might sound complicated, it's actually pretty simple and delicious. Cortado is just equal parts espresso and warm milk. 

Doppio:

If you want to sound like you know what you're talking about at a coffee shop but actually just get a drink that's fairly simple, go for the doppio. It translates to a double shot of espresso.

Café au lait: 

Pronounced "CAH-FAY-OH-LAY", this drink is perfect for the winter months. It's simply hot drip or full emersion coffee with steamed milk added. The difference between this and a latté is that you will use regular coffee not espresso. 

The takeaway: 

Make your coffee at home any way you want but when you get a chance to try a coffee drink created by an expert, don't be intimidated. Remember: you make coffee with the tears of your haters, a menu won't bring you down.