Coffee Terms - Drinks and Recipes
An Italian dessert drowning in espresso.
Affogatos can be made by covering ice cream
with strong coffee. A typical Italian Affogato is a
scoop of vanilla gelato covered with a shot of
espresso and served immediately. Affogatos
should not have too much melted ice cream or
gelato, and should be bitter-sweet with a
combination of textures. Popular Affogatos
include Vanilla Affogato, Mocha Affogato, and
Peppermint Affogato. Video
A coffee beverage made from a shot or two of espresso mixed with hot
water to make a full sized drink. Americano is short for "Caffe Americano",
which is Italian for espresso coffee served American style.
Biscotti (pronounced "bis-koh-tee"), in
Italian, refers to twice baked cookies. In
North America, biscotti are mostly
associated with coffee. A Biscotto
(singular form of Biscotti) is a dipping
cookie. In Italy biscotti are generally
dipped into wine. Traditionally, biscotti
were almond flavored. Today, because of
their popularity in coffee houses, many
different ingredients are added: dried
fruits, chocolate, nuts, seeds, spices, etc.
Biscotti are often served frozen with melted chocolate or frosting, topped
with nuts or even coated with colored sprinkles. Video
Black and White
An alcoholic drink made from one part coffee
liquor, usually Kahlua, and one part milk or
vanilla schnapps. Carefully layer 1/2 ounces
coffee liquor over 1/2 ounces of milk, or vanilla
schnapps, in a shot glass and serve.
A cup of American coffee with two shots of espresso added. Also known as
a Sling Blade, Depth Charge, Shot in the Dark, Cafe Tobio, Autobahn, or
An alcoholic coffee drink. To make a Black
Russian, fill a rocks glass with Crushed ice, add
1.5 ounce vodka and 1.5 ounce Coffee
A milk based espresso drink made with half-and-half, or light cream,
instead of whole milk. Breve means "short" in Italian, and in some locations
refers to a cappuccino made with light cream.
French word for "coffee".
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Cafe au Lait
Similar to a Latte, but made with filter drip or French Press coffee instead of
espresso. To make a simple Cafe au Lait, mix equal portions of brewed
coffee and heated or steamed milk. The "French" style is to serve a Cafe
au Lait in a white porcelain cup or bowl. Cafe au Lait is French for "coffee
with milk". Video
Condensed milk poured carefully over espresso and served in a small
glass. The shot of espresso remains separated from the milk until stirred,
as in a black and white. Cafe Bonbon is French for "candy coffee".
Cafe Noisette ("kuh-fay nwah-zett") is espresso with a small amount of milk
added. Cafe Noisette is French for "hazelnut coffee", a reference to the
dark color of espresso.
Italian for "coffee".
A beverage made from espresso,
hot milk, and frothed milk. To make
a Cappuccino, add equal parts of
espresso, hot steamed milk, and
velvety milk froth. A dry Cappuccino
is the same drink without the hot
milk. Cappuccinos are traditionally
served in a small cup, or
Espresso con Panna
Italian for "espresso with cream", an Espresso Con Panna is a shot of
espresso topped with a dollop of whipped cream.
A slushy chopped ice dessert made from espresso. The word "granita"
comes from the Italian the word "grano" meaning "grain", a reference to the
grainy texture of ice used to make a Granita. To make an Espresso
Granita, freeze extra strong sweetened espresso, crush or chop finely, and
serve in a clear glass topped or layered with whipped cream.
Italian ice cream made from creamy
milk and sugar with fruit, flavorings,
and sometimes eggs added. Non-
dairy gelato is known as
Caffe Mocha served cold with ice. To make an Iced Mocha, add chocolate
to bottom of glass, add espresso and mix well, then add milk until the glass
is two thirds full and mix well. Add ice last, or pour into and ice filled glass,
and cover with whipped cream if desired.
An alcoholic coffee drink. To make and Irish
Coffee, pour a shot of Irish whiskey into a
warmed whiskey glass and add three sugar
cubes (3 tsp). Fill with strong black coffee to
within one inch of top. Stir gently and top to the
brim with slightly aerated heavy cream. Video
A shot or two of espresso in a cup
filled with frothy steamed milk.
Baristas will sometimes pour the
frothy milk through the espresso in
an open mug to make an artistic
design in the crema (espresso
foam) floating on the surface. "Latte"
is short for "Caffe Latte", which is
Italian for "coffee with milk".
Italian for "spotted". There are two
types of Macchiatos, "Latte
Macchiatos" and a
"CaffeMacchiatos". To make a Caffe
Macchiato, also called "Espresso
Macchiato", fill a small glass with
espresso and dab a spoonful of
velvety frothed milk on top. To make
a Latte Macchiato, pour espresso into
frothy steamed milk leaving a dark spot on top. Video
A Mocha Latte, or Mocha, is a coffee drink made from espresso, chocolate
syrup, and steamed milk. To make a Mocha, coat the bottom and sides of
the cup or mug with about 1/2 oz. of chocolate syrup. Add a shot or two of
espresso and fill with steamed milk. Add whipped cream if desired.
A cup of American style drip coffee with a shot
of espresso added. Also called a Shot in the
Dark, a Depth Charge, or and Eye Opener.
Variations of the Red Eye include the Black
Eye, made with two shots of espresso, and
the Dead Eye, made with three shots of