|A Cortado from Hillside Farmacy in Austin, Texas|
I like all different styles of coffee... it really just depends on the day (and time). But, with all of the choices, how does a sleep-deprived momma know what to get? I'll be honest, it has taken me years to really get a good handle on the ins and outs of coffee. You don't need to go through all that! So, in honor of today's gloriously caffeinated holiday, here is a quick guide to ordering a beverage that is just right for you.
Quick Guide to Ordering Coffee Beverages:
In order from most milk to least milk:
Latte - 5:1 ratio milk to espresso
Cafe au Lait - warm, steamed milk with coffee instead of espresso
Cafe Noisette - 2:1 espresso and steamed milk
Cappuccino - 1:1:1 espresso, steamed milk and foam
Cafe Mocha - traditionally 2:2:1 espresso, chocolate and steamed milk
Cortado - an espresso cut with a small amount of warm milk.
Macchiato* - espresso with a dot of foam
Americano - 1:2 espresso and water (no milk)
*If your favorite coffee shop is Starbucks, and you want to order a true Macchiato, order an "Espresso Macchiato." The "Caramel Macchiatos" on their menu involves lots of milk and sugar and are probably incredibly delicious, but don't really resemble a traditional Macchiato.