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Espresso and Cappuccino Recipies

Espresso & Cappuccino

Espresso is the basis for many specialty coffee drinks including cappuccino, cafe latte and cafe mocha...

Basic Espresso

A single shot (approximately 1 to 1 1/2 oz of espresso).


One part espresso, one part steamed milk and one part frothed milk. For Classic Cappuccino, use one part espresso and one part frothed milk.

To prepare, pour steamed milk into the bottom third of the cup and then slowly add the espresso. Allow the frothed milk to gel for at least half a minute before spooning it on top. May be garnished with a light sprinkling of cocoa powder or cinnamon.

Cafe Americano

Single shot in a 6-8 oz. cup to which hot water is added.

Cafe Doppio

A double shot (doppio is Italian for double).

Cafe Freddo

Chilled espresso served in a glass, often iced.

Cafe Latte

Cafe Latte ['LAH-tay'] is a single shot with steamed milk added to fill an 8 to 10 oz. cup. May optionally be topped with foamed milk. Lattes are traditionally served in a tall glass.

Cafe Latteccino

Espresso with two parts steamed milk and one part foamed milk.

Cafe Mocha

Cafe Mocha ['MO-kah'] is a single shot in a tall glass filled with steamed milk and chocolate syrup. Top with whipped cream and cocoa powder or chocolate shavings.

Espresso Breve

Add half and half (or another light cream) to a shot of espresso.

Espresso con Panna

A single shot topped with a spoonful of whipped cream.

Espresso Corretto

Espresso with a shot of brandy, cognac or liqueur. Traditionally, Grappa is used.

Espresso Lungo / "Long Espresso"

A single shot topped up with 1 oz of boiling water.

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato ['mock-e-AH-toe'] is a single shot in a demitasse, topped with a spoonful or two of frothed milk.

Espresso Ristretto / "Short Espresso"

Prepare espresso as normal, but dispense only 1 oz. or less water with an extraction time of 18-20 seconds. This process yields a denser and more aromatic espresso.

Espresso Romano

Regular espresso served with a twist of lemon or lemon peel.