Fancy Coffee Names : What's the Difference?

Do you ever stand in front of the coffee menu with absolutely no idea what you’re looking at? We can’t be the only one that just sticks to something simple that HAS to be at every coffee shop to avoid the intimidation of picking out a new drink…. go to buy a new coffee and become overwhelmed by the intimidating names? 


Then right when we think we have it figured out, the season changes and the menu takes a 180 and we’re back to square one. Can anyone else relate? More often than not we get asked about the differences between our drinks. What’s a cold brew vs. a regular iced coffee? What’s a flat white? A drip brew? A latte? An americano? A macchiato? 


Well. The wait is over, it’s time we broke it down for the everyday coffee drinker so the next time you order you know EXACTLY what you’re getting yourself into. It would be a shame if you left under caffeinated…


Here are some of the most common drinks and what they mean: 

  • Flat white: espresso with microfoam
  • Macchiato: espresso with steamed or foamed milk
  • Americano: espresso and hot water
  • Cold brew: steeped ground beans in cold water
  • Iced coffee: chilled, regular brewed coffee
  • Cappuccino: espresso, steamed milk, and foamed milk
  • Latte: espresso with steam or foamed milk poured in 

To the average coffee drinker or non-coffee drinker, these names might feel confusing or unnecessary - we get it! Just remember that they stem from HOW the drinks are made, what goes into them and the technique involved. Next time you want to try a unique/different drink, use this blog as your reference! 


Happy coffee drinking!