The Evergreen State. It’s known for a few things... like always being green, and the Space Needle, and apples. And coffee - that delicious liquid that most Americans and all Washingtonians rely on for survival. As home to one of the biggest coffee companies in the world (a little place called Starbucks), you could say we know a thing or two about coffee around here. There are coffee shops, stands, and specialty roasters on every street corner, and for good reason. We love the stuff. And we love it even more with dairy.
While we know that some people are pretty staunch defenders of the “black coffee is the best coffee” philosophy, let’s agree to disagree on this one. Our coffee philosophy? Add milk. Or half ‘n’ half, or whipped cream, or ice cream. Better yet? Add coffee to ice cream. There seem to be a lot of people out there who agree with our “coffee and dairy should marry” mantra, and the endless options of frappuccinos and cappuccinos only confirm this perfect matrimony of ingredients.
With so many coffee-dairy combinations to choose from, placing your coffee order can get a little confusing. So let’s get back to basics to make sure you know exactly what you’re getting:
The Latte: made with espresso and steamed milk. The term as used in English is a shortened form of the Italian caffè latte or caffellatte, which means "milk coffee".
The Cappuccino: an Italian coffee drink which is traditionally prepared with espresso, hot milk, chocolate, and steamed-milk foam. The name comes from the Capuchin friars, referring to the colour of their habits.
The Breve: a variation of the latte, made with espresso and steamed half-and-half instead of milk.
The Mocha: espresso and hot milk, but with added chocolate, typically in the form of sweet cocoa powder, although many varieties use chocolate syrup.
The Macchiato: an espresso coffee drink with a small amount of milk added. 'Macchiato' means 'marked' or 'stained' in Italian, so the literal translation of caffè macchiato is 'espresso stained (or marked) with milk'. Traditionally it is made with one shot of espresso, and the small amount of added milk is the 'stain'.
The Affogato: you may not find this at a coffee shop, but it’s a coffee treat that usually takes the form of a scoop of vanilla ice cream (or gelato) topped with a shot of hot espresso. Affogato means “drowned” in Italian.
And, as we mentioned before, you can add just about any dairy product to a cup of regular joe. We also highly recommend trying an espresso milkshake before summer is over - nothing like killing two birds with one stone.