You've heard it, we all have. That person in front of you in the coffee line who orders a "Venti half-caff skinny caramel macchiato with extra foam." No, they weren't speaking Klingon, but a unique combination Starbucks-ese, Italian, and English known as coffee-talk.
Some find it a rite of caffeinated passage to be able to rattle off their preferred drink in this foreign tongue. But learning the language is hard. So, we at Sacred Grounds have compiled a list below to make your short-hand coffee conversations a little more manageable.
What Do You Mean When You Say:
Tall, Grande, Venti: Literally these are Starbuck's version of small, medium, and large. Since we no longer brew Starbucks' coffee at Sacred Grounds we encourage patrons to feel free and say small, medium, and large. However, if you're stuck on the old way, don't worry, we'll know what you're saying. (Learn a bit about our new super-fresh supplier Chicago Coffee Roastery here!)
"Extra shot": espresso comes in "shots" which are "pulled" from the machine. A traditional latte gets one shot for a small and two for a medium or large. Adding shots adds instant caffeine awakeness to your day, and your heartbeat. When going high in the espresso count, some people resort to numerals: ex. a "quad" is four shots.
Half-caff: short for "half caffeine" this means that you desire half caffeinated and half de-caffeinated espresso to be used.
Frap: ah, frap--you mispronounced sip of happiness. This is something long-time coffee-drinkers get wrong on a daily basis. Let me tell you the story: that icy sweet goodness you order at Sacred Grounds is a frap (no e). It's a shortened version of frappuccino, patented by Starbucks and is made with syrup, ice, milk, espresso, and whipped cream. You see a frappé is a Greek drink with a French name that does have the "e" pronounced-- "frap-eh." But it's a different drink, made with instant coffee, water, ice cubes, and sugar. It's also completely void of whipped cream. And the McDonald's Frappé is a just a linguistic mess. It's a mocked up frappuccino, made with milk and whipped cream, but they advertise with the "e" pronounced; so pick your battles there. However, if you happen to say the "e" when ordering, we still love you and will still know exactly what to make.
Macchiato: this drink is iconic for being a layered drink which gets sweeter as you drink down. The bottom is vanilla syrup with caramel drizzle on the sides, steamed milk in the middle, foam on top, and shots poured over last. Macchiatos are always traditionally unstirred to keep the layers and that's how we make them; so if you want all that goodness mixed together, make sure and tell your barista "stirred" when ordering.
Americano: stronger than a black coffee, cheaper than a latte with extra shots, An Americano is literally espresso shots and hot water combined. At Sacred Grounds we pour the hot water first and put shots in second.
Red Eye: this is a study-time coffee. Just like an Americano but using black coffee instead of water, it's one wake-up call that packs a punch.
Skinny or with skim: this health-conscious order asks the barista to steam fat-free skim milk for the drink.
Soy: Tofu latte? Um, no. For the health-conscious or lactose-intolerant, soy milk is the way to go. However, if you get a frappe with soy and extra whipped cream, expect to get it, but expect a few strange looks to go with.
No foam, extra foam, 1/2 foam: how does one control foam, you ask? Easily, actually. Whenever we make a latte (or other steamed milk drink, there's usually a little surplus of foam, so if you want none or extra, tell us.)
Cappuccino: just like a latte (espresso shots and steamed milk) but a cappuccino is about 1/3 foam. So in light of the foam explanation, don't try to ask for a no-foam cappuccino, you'll get 2/3 of a latte.)
Extra hot: just like it sounds. Extra hot means we steam the milk at a higher temperature, so your coffee will be piping and last you longer. Just make sure to let it cool before drinking.
Origins: Great Lakes Tea and Spice Co.
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