Coffee is one of the most popular beverages available in America today. You see it everywhere you go — in stores, offices, and homes. But, beyond a basic cup of joe, it can be difficult to understand the differences between the various coffee drinks available. To make this gourmet food choice more accessible, here are a few of the basics.
Common Coffee Terms to Know
Espresso is very thick, dark coffee made by steaming hot water through ground coffee beans. It generally has a stronger taste than drip coffee and offers an immediate caffeine boost.
Often shortened to “latte,” this is an espresso drink with steamed milk — usually in a two-to-one milk-espresso ratio. The latte forms the basis of numerous coffee drinks.
A cappuccino is essentially a latte with more foam. Unlike the latte, however, it can’t be served iced.
This is the opposite of a cappuccino; it’s a latte with no foam. This gives it a very smooth texture and is enjoyable to those who prefer their caffeine drinks without any toppings.
This is a type of espresso drink that doesn’t involve milk. Instead, the espresso is cut with water. It produces a cup of coffee with about the same caffeine content as drip coffee but with a richer flavor.
While this doesn’t scratch the surface of the wide variety of coffee drinks available, it provides a starting point to get acquainted with the gourmet food version of America’s favorite energizing drink. If you’re unfamiliar with these brews, try a few to learn which suits your taste! Billy’s Marketplace is Ridgewood, NY’s source for gourmet food. This grocery store is a one-stop-shop that includes fresh produce, a butcher, a fish market, a deli, a juice bar, a craft beer bar, Peet’s coffee, and other gourmet goods. To get in touch, call (718) 456-1007 or follow Billy’s Marketplace on Facebook.