Seattle's Coffee Culture
A Guide to the Language of Coffee Houses
Seattle has a sophisticated coffee culture. However, you don't have to be intimidated by the culture. If you are puzzled about what to order, ask one of the servers what their recommendations are. There are a few terms that will help you navigate the menu boards for beverage offerings. Remember, you don't have to be a coffee expert to enjoy the delicious offerings of a coffee house.
TYPE OF COFFEE BEVERAGES
Americano--one shot of espresso plus hot water
Cappuccino--an espresso topped with steamed milk and frothed milk
Doppio--two espresso shots in a cup
Double--two espresso shots in any beverage
Espresso--a full-flavored form of coffee made by forcing pressurized, hot water through finely ground beans. Espresso is noted for its crema.
Frappuccino--a latte or mocha mixed with crushed ice
Latte--an espresso with lots of steamed milk
Macchiato--an espresso topped with milk foam
Mocha--a latte topped with a blend of cocoa or chocolate
SIZES OF COFFEE ORDERS
Small--a 12 ounce cup
Grande--a 16 ounce cup
Tall (venti)--Generally a 20-ounce cup
SPECIALIZED TERMS FOR COFFEE HOUSES
Barista--the employee in charge of making espresso beverages
Crema--the reddish-brown froth on a properly prepared espresso
Cupping--the process of coffee tasting, similar to wine tasting.