Coffee Vocabulary

List of coffee vocabulary


Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world. This page will provide a list of coffee vocabulary.


a chemical, found in coffee, that stimulates the central nervous system and body metabolism.

caffè Americano

caffè Americano is a style of coffee prepared by adding hot water to espresso.

caffè macchiato

Sometimes called espresso macchiato, is an espresso coffee drink with a small amount of milk added. In Italian, macchiato means stained or spotted so the literal translation of caffè macchiato is stained coffee, or coffee with a spot of milk.


cappuccino is an Italian coffee drink which is traditionally prepared with espresso, hot milk and steamed milk foam.

coffee beans

coffee bean is a seed of the coffee plant. Once ripe, coffee beans are picked, processed, and dried.

black coffee

Black offee, refers to coffee served as a drink without cream or milk added to it.

decaffeinated coffee

decaffeinated coffee is a coffee that has undergone a certain process to remove caffeine from coffee beans.

drip coffee

Also called filtered coffee. It is made by pouring water over roasted, ground coffee beans contained in a filter.


strong, dark coffee prepared by by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans.

flat white

A flat white is a coffee beverage invented in around the 1970's-1980s in New Zealand and perhaps in Australia. It is prepared by pouring microfoam (steamed milk with small, fine bubbles and a glossy or velvety consistency) over a single or double shot of espresso.

instant coffee

Instant coffee is dried into soluble powder or freeze-dried into granules that can be quickly dissolved in hot water.Originally invented for the convenience of consumers who do not want to prepare their own coffee.


A latte is a coffee drink made with espresso and steamed milk.

long black

A long black is made by pouring a double-shot of espresso over hot water.


This may refer either to a rich pungent Arabian coffee or to a coffee beverage flavored with milk, sugar, and cocoa.

skinny coffee

Skinny coffee refers to coffee with skimmed milk

white coffee

In most English speaking countries white coffee refers to regular black coffee with milk, cream or some other "whitener" added to it.

In the US the same beverage might be called "coffee light" in the New York City area, "light coffee", "coffee with milk," or even "regular coffee" in New England.

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