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The gourmet’s guide to ordering coffee


“I’ll have a tall half-skinny half-one percent extra hot split quad shot latte with whip.” 

Ordering coffee these days can be a bit of an art, with savvy coffee drinkers dictating their preferences down to the number of shots of espresso or pumps of caramel they want in their drink. If a regular coffee with milk and sugar no longer cuts it for you, here’s a quick guide to sounding like an expert at the café – and how to recreate the drink at home.


Know what coffee you want

These coffees are often offered in menus at establishments that specialise in or offer a gourmet coffee experience, although not everyone may know what they’re in for. Here’s a breakdown:

Americano – Espresso and hot water. You can easily recreate this at home with a drip brew machine like the Electrolux ECM3200 – and boil up to 15 cups per brewing cycle when you have guests over. Add milk to make it a Café Au Lait.


Cappuccino – One-third espresso, 1/3 steamed milk and 1/3 foamed milk on top, with powdered cinnamon or cocoa sprinkled over it. You can recreate this at home with espresso makers like the Electrolux EEA260, as they come with steam wands made for steaming milk. Put the steam wand near the surface to both heat the milk and froth it to create a “dry” foam.


Con Panna – A single or double shot of espresso, topped with a dollop of whipped cream. Simply whip the cream beforehand with a hand mixer like the Electrolux EHM2000.

Flat White – A shot of espresso with steamed milk, topped with a very thin layer of velvety micro-foam. Put the tip of the Electrolux EEA260’s steaming wand slightly lower into the milk so that it does not break the surface of the milk and introduce air into it.


Macchiato – A shot of espresso topped with foam from a pitcher of steamed milk. Recreate this at home with espresso makers like the Electrolux EEA260, as they come with steam wands made for steaming milk for coffee.


Mocha – Espresso and steamed milk with some chocolate syrup added and whipped cream on top. A white Mocha uses white chocolate syrup, which is a bit sweeter.


Get the order right

A coffee order can be broken down into several components. Start by specifying the size you want. The term differs at each coffee place – some use small, medium and large, others use tall, venti and grande.

Follow it up with whether you want regular, decaf, half caf (a blend of regular and decaf) coffee, then the type of milk and coffee drink. End it by specifying if you want flavouring in it or cream on top.

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