Types of Espressos

Doppio Espresso

It is Very Important …. that service be professional, courteous, fast and well-presented – according to the serving style required for each specific drink – with a spoon, packaged sugar, milk, chocolate, glass of water and/or a biscuit.

Fresh, good-tasting water is essential. The mineral content can affect the taste. Make your water taste better by using a filter.

Espresso coffee should be served in a totally white ceramic cup. It should be cone-shaped with the cup able to hold a maximum of 60 cubic centimeters (cm3).

The cups must be kept dry and warm before serving,  ... that's why you'll often see coffee cups stacked in their heating space on top of coffee machines.

Espressos should be made using freshly ground coffee beans immediately prior to preparation. Your espresso is best consumed after stirring or swirling to blend the ingredients.

Don’t forget, when serving  espresso, to ask your coffee lovers if they would like a glass of cold water with their espresso.

Perfect espresso needs no additions, as the balance of its flavours is already at its best.  However, the addition of sugar or cream depends on individual taste and reduces acidity and bitterness. If you're adding sugar, don't use sugar cubes as they dissolve the crema more rapidly. Learn how to make espresso coffee here!

The varieties of serving coffees are numerous. To avoid confusion, here's some of the terms that you can become familiar with when your coffee lovers are ordering ....

Let’s have a look at the Espressos first

An espresso cup is ...

  • ceramic (totally white)
  • slightly cone shaped
  • maximum volume 60 cc

Types of Espressos

  • Standard Espresso = maximum 35cc in the cup
  • Doppio = two (2) espressos in the same cup - 70cc
  • Ristretto = an espresso with less than 25cc in the cup
  • Lungo = and espresso with 35cc in the cup
  • Coretto = an espresso spiked with a dash of liqueur
  • Macchiato =  an espresso with a small amount of frothed milk
  • Con Panna =  an espresso with whipped cream 
  • Iced  Espresso (growing in popularity) =  an espresso with ice, sweetened, shaken and served in a glass
  • Americano =  an espresso with addition of hot water after brewing

Next comes the Cappuccinos

A cappuccino cup is ...

  • ceramic (usually totally white)
  • slightly cone shaped
  • maximum volume 120 cc

Types of Cappuccinos

  • Cappuccino = espresso 35 cc, topped up with frothed milk
  • Doppio / Double Cappuccino = an espresso plus hot frothed milk in greater quantity - maximum 250 cc

Then finally, the Lattes

A Latte can be served in a tall glass or cup with volume of 250 cc.

Types of Lattes

  • Caffe Latte = an espresso with 70% - 75% hot milk added, no water added, topped up with frothed milk
  • Latte Macchiato = a cup or glass of 70% to 75% of hot frothed milk with espresso added