Know your Coffee Drinks SERIES: Pt 2 “Latte, Cappuccino & Macchiato”

Know your Coffee Drinks SERIES: Pt 2 “Latte, Cappuccino & Macchiato”

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! 

If you read our first blog post in this series, you would know by now… this is a no judgement zone! We have probably all been there once or twice before, even if it was only your first time at a particular cafe. You’re looking at the menu of coffee drinks, not really sure what the differences are between a macchiato and a cappuccino – and wait, which one has caramel? Anyway, we are spending the next few blog posts in a series to help cut through the madness and make some sense of some of these different types of drinks. 

So what are some of the most popular espresso based coffee drinks?

Well, over the next few blog posts, we will be diving deeper into a at least 10-15 different coffee drinks and finding out what makes them unique. Today, we are going over some of the MOST POPULAR (at least in America).

On the second installment of our KNOW YOUR COFFEE DRINKS (KYCD) BLOG SERIES, we are starting with:


The most basic, maybe even most popular, coffee drink on the cafe menu, according to our friends at FreshGround Roasting. Typically an 8 or 10 oz. drink, consisting of the below. If you’re at a nice cafe or restaurant, these will come in a glass rather than a mug and may even be topped some some nice latte art.

  • a double shot of espresso
  • steamed milk
  • topped with a little bit of milk foam



Another very popular coffee drink, according to our friends at FreshGround Roasting. Also served in their own cup – the “cappuccino cup”, this is typically 5-6 oz. drink. Named for Cappuccino Monks, this drink is traditionally one third of each:

  • espresso
  • steamed milk
  • frothed milk



Ah the oh so misunderstood macchiato, & probably isn’t what you had in mind from other large name coffee shops. Traditionally, this is served in a small cup as it is only a 2-3 oz beverage.

  • a shot of espresso (1-2 oz)
  • a “mark” (very small ‘dot’ on top) of steamed milk

Next up… we will go deeper into the world of 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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