Hello Friends, I remember my first time at a coffee shop, it was Coffee Bene, a local one at my University. It felt like being in a new country. Campfire Mochas weren’t a thing, there weren’t any photos, AND OVER HALF OF THE COFFEE DRINKS HAD ITALIAN NAMES!I was next in line and had that feeling you felt when you were about to give a speech in front of your class. It was a nerve wrecking moment that nobody should have to go through. Save yourself the panic attack, Here are the 11 must know drinks.
11 DRINKS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE GOING TO A COFFEE SHOP
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This is a good old-fashioned coffee. It is completely fine on its own, although some people add cream or sugar.
A cappuccino is an espresso with a bit of steamed milk, sometimes frothy at the top.
Ratio: 1:2 espresso to steamed milk
This is almost the same as a hot black coffee. The difference between the two is well… This one is cold. (Fun fact: cold brews are never exposed to heat when they are brewed)
Ratio 1:1 espresso to steamed milk
Decaf is the joke of the town. It is coffee that has no caffeine. At this point, you’re just drinking bitter water. Don’t do this to yourself. If you ever end up making the effort of going to a coffee shop, please don’t order this.
A more concentrated form of coffee. It is measured in a form of a shot and can be added to make your coffee stronger.
“Hi, I’d like an extra shot of espresso in my decaf so it’s normal coffee, “.
Ratio: 1:3 espresso to steamed milk
These little guys are ones you see in the tiny cups. Don’t be deceived, they pack a punch.
Ratio 2:1 espresso to steamed milk.
This is my favorite thing to drink. Matcha is a higher grade green tea that is ground up into a powder. You whisk it together with hot water and add it to the milk of your choice. My go to is an iced matcha with oatmilk & a shot of vanilla @RHRooftop or the Matcha Tonic @FRGMNT
RED EYE/BLACK EYE/ DEAD EYE
Ratio for Black Eye 4:2 Coffee to espresso.
Ratio for Dead Eye 4:3 Coffee to espresso.
Those are the main 11 drinks you should have some knowledge on before going in. Nowadays, many shops also offer specialty drinks or give the option to add flavored shots as well. If you ever draw a blank, there’s always a menu to help out too, but I’m confident you’ll be fine.
SPECIALTY DRINKS AND FLAVOR SHOTS
COST OF DRINKS
In the majority of the coffee shops you go to the cost for the flat out coffee without tax or a tip should be anywhere from $3-$6 give or take a dollar based on how the quality of the coffee and the shop. Below is a list of prices directly from one of my top 5 shops.
- Cortado: $3.50
- Espresso: $3.00
- Add Flavored Shot $.75-$1.00
- Machiatto: $3.25
- Nitro Cold Brew: $4.50
- Specialty Drinks: 5.5
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