One of the largest consumed drinks in the world is coffee.

There are millions of people around the world who cannot imagine starting their day without coffeeCoffee helps wake people’s senses up and gets them ready for the dayIt is a great friend for people who want to pull all-nightersMaking coffee in the home is easy but sometimes it just doesn’t kick in as god as a store-bought coffee doesThere are also times when we are in a hurry and don’t want to go through the process of making our own coffees.

For such cases, one must know how to order coffee. Ordering coffee from a coffee shop or even from big franchises like Starbucks, etc. can be a little tricky. There are lots of people who are not aware of the lingo. Either that or you just might not know your options. To help you through this dilemma, we have made a guide. Keep reading to learn how to order coffee.

1. Sizes

The first and foremost thing that you need to know while ordering coffee is the cup size. There are basic sizes to choose from. You can either select small, medium, or large. While ordering from a Starbucks the name of the sizes will be tall, Grande, and venti which will be small, medium, and large respectively.

2. Types of Coffee

There are several coffee types that you can choose from. The variation will be based on the amount of milk, foam, or espresso.

·  Black Coffee

Black coffee, for instance, will be the most basic one. As the name and the indication of the color suggests, it will be dark in color. It is coffee in water. There is no milk, sugar, or any other additive in it. If you are lactose intolerant or just want something harsh to wake you up, then black coffee can be your go-to.

· Latte

Latte is another famous option. A latte is a coffee with milk in it. The basic ingredients for a latte are espresso, steamed milk and milk foam on top. There is just one shot of espresso in it and hence is a little light. If you would like to have mellowed down coffee then you should get a latte. If you choose to increase the size then they will just add more steamed milk in it. You can also have your barista make a design on it.

· Cappuccino

Next up is cappuccino. This drink is best for people who don’t want to go too intense on the steamed milk. Simply ask for a cappuccino if you think that the steamed milk overpowers your drinks. In this drink, you will get a shot of espresso mixed in with very little steamed milk and a lot of milk foam. The less amount of teamed milk is one of the main reasons why some people prefer a cappuccino over a latte. The additional milk foam will also give a frothy effect to your drink. In a cappuccino, you will get a much more divine experience of coffee since the taste of it won’t be cushioned.

· Macchiato

A macchiato is another one for those of you who want something harsh. The issue with this drink is that it varies from one place to another. If you go to your local coffee shop they will have a different recipe. Starbucks has an opposite recipe. For local coffee goers, a macchiato is a coffee with espresso and a dash of steamed milk in it. Starbucks, on the other, will serve you something a little different. The macchiato at Starbucks has the espresso on top and milk at the bottom of the cup.

· Americano

An Americano is just a shot of espresso mixed in with water. It is harsher. You can opt for an Americano if you don’t want steamed milk or even milk foam in your drink.

· Frappucino

Frappucino is cold coffee. This is sweetened cold coffee and is a huge favorite in summers. You can ask your barista for some whipped cream on top. You can also have a scoop of ice cream with it.

3. Types of Milk

If you are ordering any of the above-mentioned drinks that have steamed milk in it then you should know about the types of milk. There are several types of milk that you can choose from. Some of the basic ones are soy, low fat, organic, and whole.

Other Lingo

Some other terms can be a little confusing. A wet drink would mean one with more milk. Dry would mean a drink with only frothed milk and no creamy milk.  The whip would mean adding whipped cream in your coffee; no whip would mean no whipped cream. Lastly, a skinny would be a drink that has no fat milk in it.  Learn these and you’ll be good to go.

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