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Coffee Styles

Chart showing different coffee stylesEspresso

A one-ounce shot of intense, rich black coffee made and served immediately. Comes from the Latin word Expresere which means “to press out”

Caffe Latte a.k.a. Café au Lait

A Caffe Latte is a single shot of espresso with steamed milk and up to quarter of an inch of frothed milk on top. If in an Italian restaurant, be sure to order a Caffe Latte and not just a Latte as you may end up with just a glass of milk.


Cappuccino is a drink that traditionally has equal parts espresso, steamed milk and frothed milk. Many coffee shops go with bigger is better and put more milk in.


An Americano is a single shot of espresso with 6 – 8 ounces of hot water added.


A Hammerhead is a shot of espresso in a coffee cup that is then filled with drip coffee.


This is usually a cappuccino or a Café Late with chocolate syrup added.

Espresso con Panna

This is a shot of espresso with whipped cream added.

Espresso Ristretto

This is a restricted shot of espresso. Less water is put through the coffee beans. It is the strongest and most concentrated espresso.

Espresso Lungo

There is twice as much water allowed through the coffee.

Espresso Breve

Espresso made with light cream.

Caffe Crème

A velvety smooth coffee, brewed fresh from the bean which results in a thick mousy layer of foam called a crema.

Caffe Mocha

A layer of chocolate syrup on the bottom of the cup, topped with espresso, steamed milk and chocolate sprinkles.


A double shot of espresso.

Double Dry Short

A double shot of espresso in a short cup with no foam.

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso with a minimal amount of steamed milk on top.


An espresso drink with four shots of coffee.

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