Know your Coffee Drinks SERIES: Pt 1 “ESpresso, Doppio, Black & Red Eye”

Know your Coffee Drinks SERIES: Pt 1 “ESpresso, Doppio, Black & Red Eye”

Okay, first things first, what’s an Americano anyway?! Well, if you don’t know the answer to that question, if you can’t even decipher the coffee jargon you hear like “nitro” and “flat”… you’ve come to the right blog. Breathe deep, this is a no judgement zone. It’s time to up your coffee jargon game, at least when it comes to the various types of drinks there are out there! 

I have a friend, let’s call him Bryan. He’s a “gas station coffee, cream and sugar” kind of guy (hey, I said no judgement here). He scrunches up his face when he hears anything more than that being ordered in the coffee line, and burrows his eyebrows when you even mention latte art. Coffee, cream and sugar is all he needs. & that’s cool! Now let’s take Maria. She owns a french press, a coffee grinder and grinds her espresso every morning and drinks it in her espresso shot glasses. Those green cups don’t phase her much, cause she prefers her own. Again, pretty cool. The key here is – Bryan and Maria know what they like! Now do you know what you like, really? What’s really in your coffee beverage? In order to find – or make – your favorite, you’re going to need to know what’s in it and what makes each kind of coffee beverage different. 

So what’s the difference between a latte and a cappuccino anyway?

Well, over the next few blog posts, we will be diving deeper into a bunch of different drinks and finding out what makes them unique.

Today, we are starting with:



The foundation to every espresso based drink, the cornerstone “single espresso shot”. Our friends at FreshGround Roasting made this awesome video about what makes espresso, espresso. Below, our short and quick description. (& yes…. it’s ESpresso.)

  •  a single 1-2 oz shot of espresso in a shot glass


Doppio: Double Espresso

Just like what it sounds like, Doppio aka the ‘double espresso’, is:

  • two shots of espresso in a single espresso cup



Just simple coffee. Turn on the programmable auto drip pot, no cream, sugar or toppings… pure coffee.

  • ground coffee beans brewed hot, served usually in a larger mug


Red Eye

Not for the faint of heart, the red eye takes a traditional black coffee and gives it a jolt. This is sure to keep you up through nights of study, crying babies, acing the Bar, Boards, or a “Red Eye” flight.

  • Cup of black coffee
  • One oz shot of espresso

Next up… the more “fancy” of the espresso drinks… stay tuned for more detailed descriptions so you can make your own at home, or simply up your coffee connoisseur lingo!

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