We get a lot of questions about caffeine, drink sizes, and confused looks when asked specific questions about how best customers love their specific espresso drink. Last year we created this small graphic for a quick reference to espresso drinks. For example, if you ask me for an American, I’m going to reply with “how much water would you like?” I often get a deer in head lights or half as much as normal as an answer. When really 3 oz of water or 8 oz of water is more helpful to making your Americano exactly how you love it. Shops make their drinks differently because the shop owners love their own drinks made to specific ways. At Church Alley, we want to make your drink so that it’s most delicious to you. But a few points of reference helps find what that is exactly.
Keep in mind that espresso drink sizes and styles depend on where you are and where your barista was trained. There are differences such as the macchiato. At Starbucks a macchiato is a huge drink, in France is just an espresso with a dab of foam, and here at Church Alley it is an espresso with about 2 oz of steamed milk. This graphic is a good reference but to make sure you are getting what you want, ask your barista how they do it. The more specific you can be when ordering, the more likely you drink will be exactly how you like it.