Coffee Talk

Coffee drinkers seem to have their own language sometimes. Here are some of the keywords you should know to be conversational about your coffee.

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Grande largest cup size, usually with three shots of espresso.

Half-Caf half-regular coffee and half decaf

Heavy a moderately high level of solid material suspended in the drink.

Intense strong coffee

Italian Roast darker roast than French Roast. Does not refer to beans from Italy.

Light - moderately low level of solid material suspended in the drink.

Medium Roast coffee beans roasted to the American norm.

Mellow taste created when salts in the coffee combine with sugars to increase the overall sweetness.

Organic - must be certified by an international agency as having been grown without synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. More expensive because of the lower yields and considerable cost of the certification process.

Pungent describes a full-bodied and slightly aggressive coffee.

Quad drink with four shots of espresso.

Richness - term describes an interesting, satisfying fullness.

Robusta - high in caffeine and rather bitter.

Round - a balanced coffee with all characteristics at just the right level, with none particularly apparent.

Sharp taste created as acids in the coffee combine with salts to increase the overall saltiness. Ranges from rough to astringent.

Short - smallest cup usually having one shot of espresso.

Shot - a measure of espresso.

Single - one shot of espresso.

Skinny - a drink made with skim milk

Smooth describes a drink that is low in acidity with smooth edges and a pleasant mouthfeel.

Soft - low-acid, mild-flavored coffee.

Solo - a single shot of espresso.

Strong - coffee giving a pungent impression in the cup, rich in flavor.

Tall medium-size cup usually having two shots of espresso.

Thick - a relatively high level of solid material suspended in the coffee beverage.

Thin - a relatively low level of solid material suspended in the coffee beverage. Lacks body or substance and is insufficiently concentrated and roasted.

Triple - three shots of espresso

Unleaded - decaf

Wet - steamed milk only, no foamed milk.

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