As promised, I am back with your coffee fix. In my last post we covered a handful of coffee drinks all of which you can order at any coffee shop you please. The point of this is to encourage you all to venture out and try different drinks. I know first hand how intimidating it could be to try something new, especially when you do not really know much about what you are trying. So today we will be talking about cappuccinos, flat whites, mochas, and, my personal favorite, the affogato.
Cappuccinos, in all honesty, are very similar to lattes in that they consist of milk and your usual espresso shots. However, there is one key difference between the two, and that is that cappuccinos have a lot more foam. In this, I mean that a majority of the milk used in this drink is foam. But, you do have an option to ask for a little less foam and more milk or vice versa. The classic cappuccino will usually have some chocolate sprinkled on top, but most coffee shops nowadays skip this and serve them bare.
Now, we have our flat whites. These can be found in most coffee shops, but not all, as they are more popular in Australia and New Zealand than here in the States. This drink is made the same way as the cappuccino, the difference being that this drink does not have any foam or chocolate on top, hence the name “flat white”.
Up next, are mochas. If a hot chocolate and a latte were to have a child, they would make a mocha. This drink usually consists of espresso shots, just as a latte, but instead of straight espresso, chocolate syrup, or powder, is added to the drink to establish that chocolate taste. A mocha would be perfect if you want the warmth and comfort of a hot chocolate, but with the kick of some espresso to help wake you up a bit.
Finally, we have the affogato. This is probably my absolute favorite coffee drink, if you want to call it that. Essentially this consists of a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a cup, with a single or double shot of espresso poured over it. Now, most coffee shops do not serve this item, which is, in my opinion, what makes it that much more special. This “drink” is perfect for warm days where you just need that bit of ice cream, but also a pick me up.
Coffee is extremely versatile and can be consumed in a variety of ways. In all honesty, you just need to find the one you prefer above the rest. I hope that after following this short series on the different types of coffee, you feel a bit more comfortable with ordering something new the next time you go to a coffee shop.