A Coffee Newbie’s Guide to the Café Experience

Are you a coffee neophyte? Don’t know a frappini from an Americano? Get confused when confronted with mochas, matchas and mistos? Think a London Fog is a weather report in England? Fear not! Our Take Five Café blog will explain in detail a different type of coffee or tea so that you can expand your café repertoire.


An espresso is highly concentrated coffee brewed by forcing hot water under pressure through finely ground coffee. This process creates strong flavor, foam, and a thick, almost syrupy, consistency. The flavor of an espresso will vary according to the bean and roast used, as espresso is a brewing technique and does not have a specific flavor. Contrary to popular belief, espresso does not have more caffeine than a drip coffee; espressos have more caffeine per volume because of its concentrated nature and small serving size, but a regular serving size of drip coffee would have more caffeine as a whole because of the larger size.

A ‘shot’ of espresso can be both a stand-alone drink, traditionally served in a small cup in coffee houses, as well as a base for other beverages such as lattes, mochas, macchiatos, cappuccinos and Americanos.

Due to the high pressure needed to create (or pull) an espresso, they are brewed in special espresso machines customarily reserved for coffee houses. This has led to espresso being viewed as a social experience and is highly associated with café culture. However, technological improvements in domestic machines have led to increased quality and popularity in home espresso machines.

So next time you’re at the front of line at a café, try ordering an espresso and participate in the history of coffee house culture. And remember, if you’re ever unsure about what to order at Take 5 Café, don’t be shy, ask our expert baristas for recommendations. They are always happy to share their extensive knowledge to make sure you get the perfect cup and the absolute best coffee experience.

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