What are your options?

Walking into a new coffee shop can be intimidating – Who are these people making my drink? Will the atmosphere be comfortable? Will I get the drink that I’m hoping to get?

On the other hand, when you’re familiar with a coffeehouse, it can feel a bit tedious ordering the same drink every time when there’s a part of you that is curious about what other options there are besides a vanilla latte. (Not that there’s anything wrong with a vanilla latte – it is a classic!)

So let us help you by sharing a few of the drinks you can find in the next coffeehouse you visit.

Latte – This drink is pretty standard. It is a double shot of espresso with steamed milk. Of course, most shops offer a variety of syrups that you can add, as well as alternative milks. Soy and almond milk are the most common types of alternative milks available, but some places offer coconut, rice, hemp, hazelnut, amongst others. Each alternative milk has a different flavor and texture, and can taste different in hot or iced drinks.

Cappuccino – Very similar to a latte in ratio of espresso to milk, but the difference is in the process of steaming the milk. More air is added while steaming (or in this case, frothing) the milk, which creates a foamier texture.

Americano – For those of you who are less interested in milky drinks, the Americano is for you. Made with just espresso and water, this drink is simple and tasty. Just to make it more appealing – it is calorie free!

Cortado – A drink that packs a punch, the cortado is almost a straight shot of espresso. We pull a double shot of espresso, add a dollop of milk and a bit of flavor if you choose, and your three-ounce power drink is ready!

Macchiato – Meaning “marked” or “spotted” in Italian, this traditional espresso drink was created as a way of “stabilizing” an espresso shot. This 2oz drink is an espresso shot topped off with a layer of foamed milk that prevents the shot from oxidizing as quickly.

The list goes on, but knowing your options is a great place to start. And of course, never be shy to ask your barista! Happy ordering!

Kaitlyn Sledge

Vectors Espresso

Eugene, Oregon

Randy Stark

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