So you know what to ask for on your next trip to Strabucks.
If you've ever turned up at a coffee shop and found yourself wondering what the hell all those types of coffees on the menu are, then you're not alone, friend. Like, how is a doppio different to an espresso? And it a frappe hot or cold? And will you judge me for ordering a cappuccino seeing as it's not the 90s anymore (sidenote: a cappuccino is my coffee of choice, so BACK OFF)?
To ease your mind next time you head into a Starbucks or Pret, here's a guide to all the different types of coffees you can order, so you know what to expect when the barista hands you your caffeine fix.
And before we get into the complexity of the different kinds of drinks you can make from coffees, here's a quick lesson on coffee beans.
Robusta beans are the lower quality of the two main coffee beans used across the world. Robbusta beans are far easier to grow, and you get a higher yield from them. These beans have more of an astringent flavour and contain a higher amount of caffeine.
Arabica beans make up three quarters of all the coffee beans used throughout the world. This is because they are nicer, tbh. They have half the amount of caffeine as robusta beans, and have a more pleasing flavours and aromatic properties.