Confuse-A-Barista

Know all those terms that American coffee chains refer to coffee as?  Well, many of them are total BS, adapted and Americanized.  I’ve been told that these are more correct Italian definitions of each of these terms.:

  • caffè (espresso)—a small cup of very strong coffee, i.e., espresso
  • caffè Americano—American-style coffee, but stronger; weaker than espresso and served in a large cup
  • caffè corretto—coffee “corrected” with a shot of grappa, cognac, or other spirit
  • caffè doppio—double espresso
  • caffè freddo—iced coffee
  • caffè Hag—decaffeinated coffee
  • caffè latte—hot milk mixed with coffee and served in a glass for breakfast
  • caffè macchiato—espresso “stained” with a drop of steamed milk: small version of a cappuccino.  Translated “stained” because of the coffee residue on the cup.
  • caffè marocchino—espresso with a dash of hot milk and cacao powder
  • caffè stretto—espresso with less water; rocket fuel!
  • cappuccino—espresso infused with steamed milk and drunk in the morning, but never after lunch or dinner
  • granita di caffè con panna—frozen, iced beverage (similar to a slush, but ice shavings make it authentic) and topped with whipped cream

Try these at Starbucks!  Tell ’em “Giuseppe” sent you.  Ciao!

 

About jkiszka

Joe grew up between the suburbs of Chicago, IL; San Antonio, TX; and in Columbus, IN. He went to Purdue where he studied Engineering. Soon after, he moved to Dallas, TX and worked as a field salesperson for a few different manufacturing companies. In 2016, he left the world of manufacturing to work at Southwest Airlines. In his free time, Joe enjoys listening to music, 3D modeling, playing with Arduino boards and Raspberry Pis, playing board games, being an amateur mixologist, watching sports, and (of course) eating too much food. (Please note that opinions expressed on this blog are those of Joe, and not of Southwest Airlines.)

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