These days heading to your local hipster coffee shop can be somewhat intimidating. With so many drink options and fancy Italian names, it’s hard to know exactly what you want. Drinks vary by producer — a cappuccino at Starbucks might not have the same amount of milk as a cappuccino at your mom-and-pop coffee house owned by that chic Armenian — and a barista’s knowledge of traditional coffee terms can often be spotty. Thus, it’s really up to the consumer to specify precisely what they want when ordering their morning beverage. Don’t know your mocha from your macchiato? Stop worrying and start reading. We’ve created this handy guide with all the café terminology you need to know. The next time your foodie friends are discussing that amazing cold brew they had, you’ll be able to chime in and know what they are talking about.
Blue Bottle Costa Rica Vista Al Valle Zapote Honey Coffee ($20)
Le Creuset Espresso Cups & Saucers, Black ($30)
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Opening photo: Gary Tardiff