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Have you ever been at a coffee shop and wondered just what made up your espresso, latte or cappuccino? I know that I have.

Now this question is answered with this easy visual guide below. Nine different coffee drinks covering the most popular and widely used coffee drinks

The visual guide below will give you some idea of just what it takes to make that fancy coffee drink. Your coffee beverage may vary some from state to state or country to country but on the whole this picture




espress macchiato

Espresso Macchiato
[ess-press-oh mock-e-ah-toe]


esspresso con panna

Espresso Con Panna
[ess-press-oh kon pawn-nah]


caffe latte

Caffé Latte
[caf-ay lah-tey]


flat white coffee drink

Flat White
[you can pronounce this one]


caffe breve

Caffé Breve
[caf-ay brev-ay]





caffe mocha
Caffé Mocha
[caf-ay moh-kuh]





Coffee Drink diagrams courtesy of Lokesh Dhakar at
Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported
Magical Flavor Of Gourmet Coffee Beans

If you drink coffee and have ever stopped to look at the different types of gourmet coffee beans, you might want to actually give some a try next time you're shopping for coffee. Instead of grabbing that huge tube of ground coffee, the same brand you've been purchasing and drinking for years, or instead of grabbing that more expensive, smaller tub of “gourmet” ground coffee, break out of your coffee rut and give beans a try.

Some people already own a coffee grinder, or remember when their parents used to purchase beans and grind them at home. Some stores still have a grinder right in the coffee aisle. The beans our parents purchased and ground were usually not gourmet coffee beans, it was simply cheaper to buy the beans and grind them yourself. If you don't have a grinder at home, coffee grinders aren't expensive. You'll enjoy the smell of freshly ground coffee beans. While some savor that rich smell when they open a tub or brick or pre-ground coffee, once you've inhaled the aroma of freshly ground beans, that tub coffee won't ever smell quite the same to you.

Some people are who are very choosy when it comes to coffee purchase several different types of beans and combine them in certain combinations to get the coffee taste they want. Most of us probably aren't going to take the time to do that. We know what we like when we drink coffee, and we know what we don't like. In that case, gourmet coffee beans can be ideal because they're already specially chosen and designed to offer up a richer, more complex taste that that bag of coffee beans you can purchase at your local A & P.

You don't have to purchase the same old beans or ground coffee from your supermarket. You can break out of that habit a little with gourmet coffee beans you can buy online. You'll find blends of different beans like the almighty Arabica, Jamaican, Columbian and many others, as well as beans that are infused with different flavors. You can find beans that will give your coffee a chocolate flavor, or hint at fruit or vanilla, or almost anything you can imagine.

When you're looking at gourmet coffee beans, you literally hundreds of choices, and that choice can seem almost overwhelming. Most places that offer this many choices have information about different types of coffee beans, roasting times, flavors and hints of flavor and general coffee information to help you choose which type of coffee beans to purchase.

And don't forget the people you buy for. Coffee lovers can truly appreciate a thoughtful gift of gourmet coffee beans. If you're unsure whether they grind their own beans, you can purchase the beans whole and grind them just before gift-giving. While gourmet pre-ground coffee can also be a thoughtful gift, whole beans will give the person on your gift lift the freshest coffee experience possible, and put you at the top of their list.
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