Know the Lingo

Don't be intimidated by coffeehouse jargon, the words sound more complicated than the drink actually is. Print out this sheet and carry it with you so the next time you meet friends at a coffee shop, you'll know what to order.


Americano, a shot of espresso diluted in hot water, similar to brewed coffee.

Breve, adding "breve" before anything tells the barista to make the drink with half and half instead of milk. Example: latte breve.

Cappuccino, a shot of espresso and equal parts of steamed milk and foamed milk.

Cake in a cup, double cream, double sugar

Double no fun, a latte with a double shot of decafinated espresso in skim milk.

Dry cappuccino, a cappuccino with just dry foamed milk on top, no steamed milk.

Frappuccino, an iced cappuccino.

Harmless, a decaf shot of espresso.

Italian soda, the same flavoring that goes into Italian coffee drinks, just mixed with seltzer water for a caffeine-free soda drink. Half and half can be added for an Italian Cream Soda.

Latte, a shot of espresso and steamed milk with a thin layer of foamed milk.

Mocha, a latte with chocolate syrup added.

Moccachino, a cappucino with chocolate syrup added.

No fun, a latte with a shot of decafinated espresso in skim milk. Also called a Why Bother.

Red-eye, a cup of brewed coffee with a shot of espresso. Also called a Shot in the Dark.

Steamer, a cup of steamed milk with a flavor added. A hot chocolate is simply a cup of steamed milk and a shot of chocolate syrup.

Wet cappuccino, a cappuccino with steamed milk and no dry foam.

Skinny, adding "skinny" before the name of a drink tells the barista you want it made with skim milk. Example: skinny latte.


(Some terms courtesy of Espresso Planet)