Common Espresso Beverages

While espresso as a beverage can stand on its own and requires nothing else other than a porcelain or ceramic cup to deliver it to your lips, people the world over have been exploring the limits of what they can achieve with this miraculous gift from the Gods. Here are just a few of the ways you can enjoy your espresso.

Affogato (It. “drowned”)— Espresso served over gelato. Traditionally vanilla is used, but some coffeehouses or customers use any flavor.

Americano (It. “American”)— Espresso and hot water, classically using equal parts each, with the water added to the espresso. Americano was created by American G.I.s during World War I who added hot water to dilute the strong taste of the traditional espresso. Similar to a long black, but with opposite order.

Antoccino (lt. “Priceless”) — A single shot of espresso with the same quantity of steamed milk poured above it, served in a demitasse (espresso cup).

Black eye— A cup of drip coffee with two shots of espresso in it. (Alternately a red-eye or shot in the dark)

Bicerin (Pms. “Little glass”): Made of layers of espresso, drinking chocolate, and whole milk. Invented and served in Turin.

Bombón (Sp. “confection”)— Espresso served with condensed milk. Popular in South East Asia, Canary Islands, Cook Islands and Mainland Spain.

Breve (It. “brief”)— Espresso with half-and-half.

Bucci— Espresso served in Key West’s Cuban cafès (sugar added after brewing).

Caffè Medici— A doppio poured over chocolate syrup and orange (and sometimes lemon) peel usually topped with whipped cream. The drink originated at Seattle’s historic Last Exit on Brooklyn coffeehouse.

Caffè Tobio— Espresso with an equal amount of American Coffee. Similar to Americano or Long Black

Carajillo (Sp. slang for “nothing”)— Espresso with a shot of brandy.

Cappuccino— Traditionally, one-third espresso, one-third steamed milk, and one-third micro foam. Often in the United States, the cappuccino is made as a caffé latte with much more foam, which is less espresso than the traditional definition would require. Sometimes topped upon request with a light dusting of cocoa powder.

Corretto (It. “corrected”)— coffee with a shot of liquor, usually Grappa, Brandy, Anisette or Sambuca. “Corretto” is also the common Italian word for “spiked (with liquor)”.

Con hielo (Sp. “with ice”)— Espresso immediately poured over two ice cubes, preferred in Madrid during Summer.

Cortado (Sp./Port. “cut”)— Espresso “cut” with a small amount of warm milk.

Cubano (Sp. “Cuban”)— Sugar is added to the collection container before brewing for a sweet flavor, different from that if the sugar is added after brewing. Sugar can also be whipped into a small amount of espresso after brewing and then mixed with the rest of the shot. Sometimes called “Caffè tinto”.

Doppio (It. “Double”) Double (2 ounce) shot of espresso.

Espresso con Panna (It. “espresso with cream”)— Espresso with whipped cream on top.

Flat white— a coffee drink made of one-third espresso and two thirds steamed milk with little or no foam. (Very similar to “latte”, see entry for lattes below)

Frappe— Iced coffee topped off with whipped cream and usually chocolate syrup (flavors vary).

Frappuccino— A type of espresso coffee made with frothed milk branded exclusively by Starbucks.

Guillermo— Originally one or two shots of hot espresso, poured over slices of lime. Can also be served on ice, sometimes with a touch of milk.

Café au lait (Fr. “coffee with milk”)— In Europe prepared with shots of espresso and steamed milk[citation needed]. In the United States usually prepared instead with French press or drip coffee. (Very similar to “latte”, see entry for lattes below)

Latte (It. “milk”)— This term is an abbreviation of “caffe latte” (or “caffè e latte”), coffee and milk. An espresso based drink with a volume of steamed milk, served with either a thin layer of foam or none at all, depending on the shop or customer’s preference.

Latte macchiato (It. “stained milk”)— Essentially an inverted caffè latte, with the espresso poured on top of the milk. The latte macchiato is to be differentiated from the caffè macchiato (described below). In Spain, known as “Manchada” Spanish for stained (milk).

Long Black— Similar to an Americano, but with the order reversed – espresso added to hot water.

Lungo (It. “long”)— More water (about 1.5x volume) is let through the ground coffee, yielding a weaker taste (40 mL). Also known as an allongé in French.

Caffè Macchiato (It. “stained”)— A small amount of milk or, sometimes, its foam is spooned onto the espresso. In Italy it further differentiates between caffè macchiato caldo (warm) and caffè macchiato freddo (cold), depending on the temperature of the milk being added; the cold version is gaining in popularity as some people are not able to stand the rather hot temperature of caffè macchiato caldo and therefore have to wait one or two minutes before being able to consume this version of the drink. The caffè macchiato is to be differentiated from the latte macchiato (described above). In France, known as a “Noisette”.

Caffè Marocchino— Created in Turin, normally served in a small glass, this is a shot of espresso, a sprinkling of cocoa, frothed whole milk (about two table spoons to bring to the brim of the glass), then a further sprinkling of cocoa on top

Marron (Brown)— Etymology from Venezuela. An espresso with Milk. Latte. Varying from “Marron Claro” (Light Brown) with more milk and “Marron Oscuro” (Dark Brown) less milk.

Wiener Melange (German “Viennese blend”)— Coffee with milk and is similar to a Cappuccino but usually made with milder coffee (e.g. mocha), preferably caramelised.

Mocha— Normally, a latte blended with chocolate. This is not to be confused with the region of Yemen or the coffee associated with that region (which is often seen as 1/2 of the blend “mocha java”).

Normale— A normal length shot, not ristretto or lungo. Term primarily used to contrast with “ristretto” and “lungo”.

Red eye— A cup of drip coffee with two shots of espresso in it.

Ristretto (It. “restricted”) or Espresso Corto (It. “short”)— With less volume, yielding a stronger sweeter taste (10–20 mL). Café serré or Café court in French.

Shot in the Dark— A cup of drip coffee with one shot of espresso in it. (Unique in that ‘Shot in the Darks’ is the plural form)

Solo (It. “single”)— Single (1 US fluid ounce) shot of espresso.

Triple Suicide— A cup of drip coffee with three shot of espresso in it.

Triplo or Triple shot— Triple (3 ounce) shot of espresso; “triplo” is rare; “triple shot” is more common.

‘”Miami Vice'” or ‘”Cuban Americano'”— The mixture of a Cubano and Americano, Sugar in the collection container, then mixed with hot water. This is often made as a double.