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Coffee:Deconstructed


ACHTUNG! I am an engineering student, and I am in examination mode right now. So pardon me readers for sounding like an examination sheet in this post.

WHO THIS POST IS FOR?

This post is for all you coffee enthusiasts, budding coffee enthusiasts or people who go simply dumb upon seeing a menu card at a coffee shop(which you go to because of peer pressure and because its cool nowadays to hang out there), or those who simply did not understand why they puked out when they had that teeny-tiny glass of espresso the last time they were at Costa Coffee, or why after an uncultured sip of Cappuccino or Breve you looked like a pretty messed up version of Chacha Chaudhary. Why your girlfriend usually ends up ordering the Latte or the Mocha. This post is also dedicated to some people who call themselves coffee freaks, and end up ordering an Americano each time they go to a coffee shop(one of you is alright, the other one is a damn right poser :p)

WHAT DOES THIS TELL YOU?

The above figure tells you how 6 types of coffee drinks are made. This tells you about the intensity of the drink. If it contains loads of milk, cream and chocolate, it is bound to be on the lighter side. A shot of espresso for the untrained could be a disaster recipe.

APPLICATIONS OF KNOWING THIS

Take that girl you’ve been eying the past week out on a date, and impress her with your newly acquired uber cool knowledge. Also to save on a lot of money, by not ordering the wrong drink and ending up throwing it away. Perhaps the most important reason being, you know what you are drinking! A Barista-Lavazza menu card will not seem like a future Space Shuttle Launch Dossier prepared by NASA for Dr. George Fitzgerald Smoot III. Plus now you also know, Americano is not how Mexicans refer to the people from up north, it is a type of coffee.

NOW WHAT?

The next time you see a coffee shop, don’t simply give it a miss, try going in, you’ll enjoy the experience. You’ll meet new people, have a good time, and enjoy something that you’ve been missing altogether. And for coffee freaks, you cannot resist smelling a freshly brewed delight, can you? Well I can’t, I am off to get myself one!

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  1. May 19, 2010 at 15:18

    Interesting post! 🙂 Enjoyed reading it. 🙂

  2. sonali
    May 19, 2010 at 20:46

    Thanks for the visual guide..I remember the first time I ordered Espresso (by mistake – I didn’t have this post to help me!!)..Didn’t sleep thru the night!!

    All the best for ur exams!!

  3. May 19, 2010 at 21:10

    @ Sonali… Well I have seen waiters at coffee shops advising people not to go for the espresso as it is for full on hardcore coffee buffs(like moi), guess you didn’t have a lucky day!!! And I might be needing a couple of shots myself, tomorrow I have an exam, and I really need to put in an all nighter!!!

  4. May 20, 2010 at 17:11

    I am going crazy for Soy latte recently.
    I already knew the things you have told above about coffee.
    Please add more.
    🙂

  5. May 20, 2010 at 20:05

    This is a damn cool post!!! Well I was in that position you described a couple of years back. Couldn’t differentiate between a latte, mocha or an espresso. Learnt it the hard way. If only you had written this before :):)
    Very well written and all the best for your exams!!!

  6. May 21, 2010 at 00:05

    awesome.. i love this post..

  7. May 24, 2010 at 02:36

    @ Injection Mold Troubleshooting : In due course of time. Thank You, have started getting requests now!!!

    @ Milana: Well, its not bad that you learnt the hard way. Even I picked it up that way. Thank You, only two exams left now.

    @ Sneha: Thank you.

  8. May 25, 2010 at 18:28

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  9. June 9, 2010 at 10:08

    Just want to say what a great blog you got here!
    I’ve been around for quite a lot of time, but finally decided to show my appreciation of your work!

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  10. July 23, 2010 at 02:27

    Never tried breve .. Italian is it ?

    • Anurag Yelkur
      July 23, 2010 at 03:42

      Naah… Its the American version of the Latte.

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