When it comes to the language of coffee, lattes, and espresso drinks, there's quite a long list of terminology to consider. In fact, there are so many terms that there are constant jokes made about the complicated and ridiculous sounding orders, like that of a triple half-caff, low-fat, no foam latte with a caramel drizzle.
Learning a few main terms to order your coffee with can be life-changing. Change things up with a coffee drink that you truly understand.
That way, you'll get to try a delicious pick-me-up while knowing what you really should be getting.
Wet and Dry Cappuccinos
A cappuccino is a famous coffee drink that originated in Italy. This double espresso beverage has a layer of steamed milk plus another layer of milk foam on top of the coffee. A typical cappuccino recipe calls for roughly equal parts of espresso, steamed milk, and foamed milk. However, as with many coffee beverages these days, there are variations on the type of cappuccino you'll get.
Whether it's a mocha, frappuccino, or cappuccino, these types of descriptive words can make or break your drink order—especially when it comes to espresso drinks. The two key terms to know when it comes to espresso drinks are "wet" and "dry." A "wet" beverage has a more creamy and hot milk, where-as a "dry" drink has more frothed milk. The foam in dry drinks keeps them more insulated, so they stay hotter longer.
Plus, dry espresso drinks are great for making latte art in, such as with Caffe lattes and other dry types of coffee.
Personalize Your Order
To add a little bit of tasty complexity to your order, ask for a cappuccino that's "bone dry," which calls for only espresso and foam—with no steamed milk at all.
On the other hand, "super wet" cappuccino is simply called a latte, since lattes involve a mix of espresso and steamed milk.
You can personalize your cappuccino with the right ingredients. The first step is to choose your milk. There's an array of different kinds of milk to choose from, so consider its taste, thickness, and flavor. You can go for nonfat/skim, a classic 1%, 2%, or whole milk, or something like vanilla soymilk, unsweetened almond milk, or seasonal eggnog.
Then, you want to choose a sweetener. You can go for an all-natural raw sugar or honey, or go for regular sugar, Splenda, Sweet 'N Low, Equal, or an alternative like agave syrup. After you've chosen a sweetener, you want to decide on the overall flavor of your coffee beverage. Choose a strong base flavor like vanilla, caramel, hazelnut, raspberry, or pumpkin spice. You can always think about what's in season or what you've never had before if you're unsure of what to get. Once you've settled on the main flavor, you can add a fun topping for your cappuccino, like a powder, drizzle, or whipped cream. There are many flavors out there to whip up, like cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, marshmallows, and sea salt.