Don’t know your frappes from your lattes? With so much variety, ordering a coffee can get a little confusing. What used to be a simple task, is now a decision that requires more thought and a deeper understanding of the world’s favourite beverage: coffee. Don’t worry, we’ve put together a list of the basics and some interesting facts about each type so you’re fully clued-up next time you’re ordering a Broderick’s coffee at a vending machine or at your local café.
A milky classic and a popular choice across the nation. The latte or caffè latte in Italian, is
made up of espresso and steamed milk. But the fun doesn’t stop there, popular variants include the hot chocolate/coffee hybrid – the Mocha, the coffee-free masala chai (Indian spiced tea) version often referred to as a chai latte and, finally, the bright green Japanese trendsetter – the matcha latte. Many latte drinkers add flavoured syrups such as caramel, vanilla and cinnamon to add a sugary boost to their drinks.
Fun fact: ‘Latte’ in Italian means milk, so if you order one in Italy, you may get a glass of milk!
The frothy coffee favourite, the cappuccino. Italian for “small hood”, the cappuccino consists of espresso with steamed milk, a layer of milk foam and it’s usually sprinkled with cocoa powder. What’s the difference between a latte and a cappuccino you may ask? Well, a cappuccino has more foam and less milk, making it a slightly stronger alternative.
Fun fact: Cappuccino takes its name from the Capuchin friars: the colour of the espresso mixed with frothed milk was similar to the colour of the Capuchin robe.
The flat white is becoming increasingly more popular. With less milk than a latte, and no milk foam the flat white gives you a serious coffee fix. It’s usually shorter and sharper than a cappuccino, but still has a smooth
Fun fact: The origins of the flat white are still disputed to this day. Some say it’s from Australia
and others say New Zealand.
We’re hoping you’ve learned something new and feel more prepared to take on the
ever-changing world of coffee. Head to your local Broderick’s vending machine or coffee provider to get your coffee fix today!