Coffee Lingo

Coffee Lingo

Coffee Lingo

The coffee shop needs a specific vocabulary to explain basic and complicated things about the preparation of the coffee. A vocabulary of coffee terms used in the production, ordering, and description of coffee is known as lingo. Confused when you walk into a coffee shop and want to purchase a cup or when you hear the people and experts speak coffee? The most common terminology you will frequently hear is explained here.

You must be able to communicate with the barista to avoid receiving the coffee you don’t want. You will learn the coffee lingo used by baristas.

Are you one of those people who enter a café and spend much time reading the menu before deciding what to order? This is because you are not aware of the terms of the coffee and what it contains. Well, stop thinking now! Here is your full guide to the coffee lingo used.

  1. Espresso

A concentrated coffee liquid is produced by passing hot water under high pressure through fine coffee grinds. This Coffee is made with an espresso machine and can sometimes be referred to as "espresso." After a delicious dessert, many people like to sip on espresso. This strong coffee is quickly obtained from finely ground coffee using an espresso machine at a very high temperature and pressure. If you have a sensitive stomach, avoid using this coffee.

  1. Americano

An espresso that has been mixed with hot water is known as Americano. By adding one or two shots of espresso and varying the amount of water, you may adjust the strength of the Americano. While the strength of the coffee produced in this manner is comparable to that of normally brewed coffee, the quality is different.

  1. Cappuccino

An Italian coffee cup known as a cappuccino is typically made with equal amounts of espresso, hot milk, and steamed milk foam on top. You can replace cream with milk. When prepared properly, the milk is heated in a way that results in foam or bubbles. This coffee has Italian origins, and it may be customized by adding cinnamon or chocolate powder to the mix or by substituting cream for milk.

This coffee is ideal for rainy summer days. Simply take a seat in a café and enjoy this warm cup of joy while watching the rain fall outside the window.

  1. Mocha

Mocha and a cappuccino are so similar, except for the additional coffee flavour, a mocha is sometimes known as a mochaccino. One of the first major cities for the trading of coffee was Mocha in Yemen; the Mocha bears its name. This is the ideal dessert coffee for treating oneself. It consists of an espresso shot with cocoa powder, heated milk, and that fluffy foam on top as the finishing touch. There is cocoa powder sprinkled on top to provide even more sweetness and caffeine to make it taste even more like dessert.

  1. Cold Brew

Despite being an extremely popular trend right now, cold brew coffee is just coffee that has been brewed using cold brewing rather than the traditional hot brewing method. Making a cold brew is a very easy and simple method that involves steeping coffee and cold water for up to 24 hours. Because of the long process, the flavour is less acidic than normal coffee.

The newest trend in the cold brew is nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee that isn't typically served over ice like traditional cold brew. In addition to being creamier and chocolatier than regular coffee, it also contains more caffeine.

  1. Crema

When you prepare an espresso properly, a brownish froth will develop on top of the brew. This foam, which is a mixture of oils that sit on top of the espresso, is also sometimes referred to as thick, caramel-coloured foaming.

When prepared properly, thick foam is a sign of a well-ground, high-quality cup of coffee. A full-flavoured espresso or coffee made with espresso is only possible with crema, which also leaves a wonderful aftertaste.

  1. Cáscara

Cáscara is produced by drying coffee beans, or the dried fruit's skins. After that, it is used to create a coffee cherry tea, also known as cascara. This bean coffee has an entirely different flavour than normal coffee because it is dried instead of roasted.

  1. Lungo

A stronger espresso is produced by taking a longer extraction period. The resulting espresso has a lighter flavour than regular espresso because it has more water. Pulling a lungo may take up to a minute. Since there is more water present compared to espresso, which has a short pull, the flavour is less strong. Lungo tastes bitter than standard espresso because it takes more time to pull the shot, which affects the way the grounds are extracted. Regular espresso contains less caffeine than a lungo. An espresso shot contains more caffeine the longer it is pulled. This happens because you're extracting the coffee grounds more properly.

  1. Cortado

A cortado is made by combining milk and espresso in equal amounts. The milk has little to no foam, despite being heated.  The absence of froth makes cortados less creamy than other coffees that include foamed milk, but it also ensures that the steamed milk will mix easily with the espresso. Due to the little amount of milk, the flavours of the espresso make cortado a very well-balanced coffee.

  1. Ristretto

An espresso ristretto is a shot of coffee that has been lowered, as compared to a lungo. The flavour of this coffee is slightly different from that of regular shots. Over-extraction of coffee results in a bitter beverage. This is because a smaller shot gives the compounds that give coffee its flavours less time and water to dissolve, resulting in higher quality compounds than in a lungo.


These are the coffee lingo you need to know so that you can order the coffee you want. While it is true that when you look at the individual components of any coffee drink, they are all rather similar.  Making coffee has truly grown into an art form, and many people take great pride in their ability to make it.

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