Quick! How many espresso drinks can you name? Three? Four? Now, how many do you know how to make?
Whether you just recently got a home espresso machine, or if you just want to make sure the barista at your local coffee place is preparing your drinks properly, you need to learn how to prepare these eight, yep eight, espresso drinks!
How to Prepare Eight Espresso Drinks
- Espresso. The original shot of caffeine created to give Italian workers the most amount of energy without increasing their trips to the il gabinetto. A single shot is just 30 ml. Naturally, that would make a double shot, or dobbio, 60 ml.
- Macchiato. Macchiato means ‘marked’ in Italian, and to make one, brew 60 ml of espresso and a splash of steamed milk on top. This drink is hardly ever ordered in the US but is quite popular with afternoon coffee drinkers in Italy.
- Cappuccino. Cappuccinos are the go-to espresso drinks in the States at any time of the day, but they are strictly for breakfast in their homeland. Make your own by combining 60 ml each of espresso, steamed milk, and foamed milk.
- Dry cappuccino. Too much dairy is not always a good thing. Coffee drinkers who want to cut down on milk but can’t stomach the idea of drinking espresso straight may want a dry cappuccino. Chances are the coffee slingers down at your favorite cafe won’t have a clue about this recipe. Tell them it is 60 ml espresso and 60 ml foamed milk, and you will earn your espresso cred.
- Latte. Dry cappuccinos are great for those who aren’t into milk, but if you enjoy milk, chances are you order lattes. Unfortunately, most baristas in the US don’t make them correctly. For an authentic latte, start with 60 ml of espresso, followed by 300 ml of steamed milk and only 2 ml of foamed milk.
- Americano. Rumor has it that the Americano found its roots during WWII when American GIs insisted on corrupting espressos with hot water to mimic the type of brewed coffee they drank back in the US. Whether the tale is accurate or not, you can make an Americano by adding 90 ml of how water to 60 ml of espresso.
- Mocha. This is another coffee drink that baristas in the States typically get wrong. Real mochas contain much more chocolate than the few squirts you get in US cafe chains. The original recipe is 60 ml of espresso, 50 ml of chocolate sauce, 30 ml of steamed milk, and absolutely no foamed milk.
- Flat white. Australians love it, and flat whites are quietly gaining a follower in the US. Make it right with 60 ml of espresso and 120 ml of steamed milk to impress your Aussie friends.