Coffee Terminology Every Coffee Lover Should Know

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Coffee Terminology Every Coffee Lover Should Know

If you have ever browsed the menu at a coffee shop and the various coffee terms have left you confused, then this post is for you.

The list of terms is really long and describes not only the various coffee beverages, but also the processes and equipment.

We have narrowed it down to common (and some maybe not so common) terms to help you distinguish your Latte’s from your Frappe’s.


Vanilla ice cream topped with a shot of espresso coffee.

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Espresso diluted with very hot water resulting in a consistency similar to drip coffee.


1/3 espresso, 1/3 milk and 1/3 soft foam.  It’s always free-poured and not spooned.

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Espresso topped with roughly the same amount of milk to reduce the acidity.

Caffè Freddo

Chilled espresso served in a glass, often with ice added.

Caffè Latte

A shot of espresso covered with hot steamed milk and foamed milk to top it off.

Café Mocha

Chocolate syrup topped with espresso and steamed milk.  Often whipped cream is also added on top.

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Coffee Granita

Frozen, shaved ice that is made from a combination of milk, sugar and espresso.

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A double shot of espresso.

Drip Coffee

Your most basic cup-of-Joe.  Coffee made with a filter, a press pot, a counter top coffee maker or percolator.  No pressure is used to make the coffee.


Concentrated coffee made by forcing hot water (using high pressure) through fine coffee grounds.

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso with just a dab of foamed or steamed milk.

Espresso con Panna

A shot of espresso topped with whipped cream.

Flat white

Coffee made with espresso and micro foamed milk resulting in a velvety texture.  No foam is used to top it off and the milk runs through the coffee.  It’s usually served in a smaller cup.

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An iced, blended beverage that usually contains coffee.

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Iced coffee

Cold coffee served with ice.

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A small amount of espresso topped with a large quantity of milk and usually topped off with foam.

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Latte Macchiato

This one is similar to a regular latte, but in this case, the espresso is poured last on top of the foam and the milk.


A single or double shot of espresso topped with a little bit of foam or milk.


A drink made with chocolate, espresso, steamed milk and often topped with a bit of cream.

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If you missed our post last week, go ahead and try our Vietnamese Egg Coffee Recipe.

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