So, I've decided to break it down for you. If you've never had the pleasure of having your local barista explain these drinks to you, or you're just too nervous to ask, read on! Also, feel free to comment below with any other drinks you may be curious about.
Here we go:
Espresso, topped with steamed milk
Espresso, topped with foamy steamed milk
- Dry = More foam, less milk
- Wet = Less foam, more milk
As it says, just a shot of espresso
- Side note: It's "ES-presso", not "EX-presso"
Espresso, topped (or "marked", in Italian) with foam
Espresso Con Panna
Espresso, topped with whipping cream
Espresso, topped with hot water
An americano filled half way, topped with steamed milk
Half a cup of coffee, topped with half a cup of steamed milk
Other lingo that you may hear in a coffee shop when describing drinks:
Solo, Doppio, Triple, Quad
Refers to the number of shots in the drink
Refers to the use of half and half rather than milk. Delicious in an americano misto or a café misto.
Refers to the style of espresso shot being "pulled" through the machine. Long shots take longer to pull, and they are often stronger tasting.
The opposite of a long short. Pulled for a shorter period of time, tasting sweeter than a typical shot.