Are you confused by the many different drinks offered at Starbucks? Do you stand dumbfounded when it is your turn to order? Don’t know a Macchiato from a Cappuccino? I too have been there and I feel your pain. However, by arming yourself with some basic information, you can become a pro at ordering from Starbucks. We’ll begin with espresso based drinks.
Espresso is a strong, more concentrated black coffee brewed by using pressure to force hot water through finely ground coffee. Espresso has more caffeine per unit volume than your average cup of joe. Research has shown that 1 oz of drip coffee contains approximately 8-15 mg of caffeine to espresso’s 30-50mg per 1 oz. Espresso is also thicker than regular coffee since it uses less water in the brewing process. This makes it the perfect base for coffee drinks. Espresso is also commonly added to coffee drinks. Espresso is ordered by the 1 ounce “shot”. Most espresso drinks can be ordered either hot or cold and taste equally great.
When ordering an espresso drink at Starbucks, you may be confused by the sheer number of choices. The names of the drinks are no help. There are usually no descriptions given of the drinks, just a long list of odd sounding names. So it is up to the customer become informed about the different espresso drinks available at Starbucks. Unless of course you don’t mind asking a million questions while a long line of caffeine deprived individuals fumes behind you. But let’s avoid that if we can, shall we. Become an informed espresso drinker. Learn your mochas from your lattes and go forth and order with confidence. Here is a guide to the basic espresso based drinks available at Starbucks.
Starbucks Espresso Drinks:The Espressos
Espresso: A single shot of espresso in a cup. You can order from one to four shots of espresso. This drink is not for the faint of heart, or anyone who needs to try and sleep within the next 6 hours.
Espresso Truffle: Anespresso with cocoa, steamed milk, whipped cream and chocolate powder.
Espresso Macchiato: An espresso dropped into a cup of milk foam and ordered by the number of shots. A Very strong drink.
Espresso Con Panna: An espresso dropped in whipped cream and ordered by the number of shots.
Americano: An espresso diluted with hot water to the strength of regular coffee.
Starbucks Espresso Drinks:The Lattes
Latte: A latte is a café au lait using espresso instead of coffee with steamed milk and foam. A latte is not sweetened unless you ask for syrup or sugar to be added.
Flavored Latte: An espresso with steamed milk, foam and flavored syrup.
Caramel Macchiato: A vanilla latte with less vanilla syrup than a regular vanilla latte, extra foam, and caramel sauce. This is a sweetened drink.
Cappuccino: A latte with more foam. A regular cappuccino is unsweetened and half milk and half foam.
Cinnamon Dolce Latte: An espresso with steamed milk, cinnamon dolce syrup, sweetened whipped cream and cinnamon dolce sprinkles. Very sweet.
Starbucks Espresso Drinks:The Mochas
Mocha: A chocolate flavored latte. An espresso with steamed milk, chocolate, and whipped cream. Not a sweet drink.
White Mocha: An espresso with steamed milk, white chocolate syrup, and whipped cream. A lot sweeter than a regular mocha.
Peppermint Mocha: An espresso with chocolate, peppermint flavored syrup, steamed milk, and sweetened whipped cream.
Mocha Valencia: A mocha with Valencia (orange) syrup, an extra shot of espresso, whipped cream, and orange sprinkles. Very sweet.
Starbucks Espresso Drinks:Seasonal Espresso Drinks
Gingersnap Latte:An espresso with gingerbread syrup, steamed milk, whipped cream and ginger.
Peppermint Mocha: An espresso with chocolate, peppermint syrup, steamed milk, peppermint whipped cream and chocolate curls.
Pumpkin Spice Latte: An espresso with steamed milk, pumpkin syrup, whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice.