Working at Starbucks as a university student, I made all sorts of coffees, from lattes and cappuccinos to caramel macchiatos and Americanos. Before I started working there, I had no idea there was so many different types of coffees, let alone all the different blends. I thought coffee was, well, coffee! As part of my barista training, we had to try various blends and each one tasted totally different. Just like wines, coffee has different tastes and note, depending on where it was grown.
These days, I generally have a vanilla latte (always with an extra shot of espresso!) or a flat white. Lattes are generally a shot of espresso and steamed milk, which can be flavoured with syrups. Flat white – well, they didn’t seem to be a thing when I worked at Starbucks so I never knowingly made one, but it’s not all that different from a latte – just more intense.
Depending on where you go in the world, coffee is served differently. Coffee in My Veins has created this fascinating infographic showing the various coffee drinks. I have to admit that I’m more than a little partial to an Irish coffee, but looking at this, I quite fancy trying a Turkish coffee!
Which coffee do you fancy trying?