Hooked on your morning cup of coffee? Welcome in the club. Since you may feel a bit embarrassed to ask your local barista what those other coffees on the menu are, here is our quick guide to all sorts of coffees.
THE BLACK COFFEES
Ristretto - The first dribbles from a single shot - max strength, small and oily. Take with a glass of water. This will make your pupils spin!
Espresso - The full single shot dark black with a natural caramel 'crema' floating on top.
Americano - single shot of espresso topped with hot water... some put the water in first for better mixing - you decide. Often taken with cold milk. Sometimes also known as a longe not to be confused with a doppio which is of course a double shot espresso.
THE WHITE COFFEES
Macchiato - an Espresso with a blob of milk foam floating on top.
Flat white - a double shot espresso. The milk is prepared and knocked back to remove most of the air bubbles to create a smooth velvety texture and then slowly trickled into the espresso floating the crema to the top... good for artistic baristas.
Cappuccino - an espresso topped with the same volume of steamed milk and the same volume again of foamed milk froth.
Latte - as a cappuccino but the volume of steamed milk is greater and should have the velvety topping of a flat white rather than the froth of a cappuccino.