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We often see single-order coffee or fancy coffee, or even blended coffee, and many people may be confused, so what do these mean?

Today I will explain the difference between these coffees in detail. If you see the name of a European country on the coffee list, such as: Italy, Vienna, Ireland, etc., it is not a la carte coffee. Because the European continent does not produce coffee. These are fancy coffee.

【Fancy Coffee】

[Fancy coffee] refers to coffee that adds various condiments in different proportions on the basis of espresso, such as: milk, cream, chocolate, ice cream, various wines, juices, etc. It can be likened to a coffee symphony. Such as cappuccino, latte, mocha, Viennese coffee, Irish coffee, etc.; Generally, the relative taste can be accepted by most people in China, especially those who are just starting to drink coffee. For example, cappuccino is made in the proportion of one-third coffee, one-third milk, and one-third milk foam sent by milk. In addition to the Italian espresso capacity, only about 30ml-60ml, the other coffee capacity is between 120ml and 300ml.


Italian espresso, known by Americans as “Espresso”, is a coffee that uses high-pressure water vapor to quickly pass through the coffee powder to achieve extraction, which has a strong taste. How to taste espresso? Look at the color, look at the color of crema, the uniformity of color, thickness, ductility, etc.; Smell, caramel, nut, chocolate, etc.; Taste, the sweetness, sourness, body, afterglow of coffee, etc., especially pay attention to the “bittersweet” taste of Italian concentrate.

【Blended coffee】

Blended coffee refers to a relatively balanced coffee bean blended by several single-product coffees according to their respective characteristics and taste, which can be compared to a concerto of coffee. For example, Cafetown brand: Mamba blend, Blue Mountain blend, diamond blend, etc. You may see the floor-to-ceiling glass window in a coffee shop that says: This store uses a certain brand of coffee beans, and there is a brand light box, then this brand is mainly based on the classic blending recipe and roasting process to reflect its value. Blended coffee is indispensable, because all fancy coffee is made from blended coffee beans, and Europe’s century-old coffee brands sell blended recipes.

Many varieties of coffee served in coffee shops have a variety of flavored additives, such as chocolate, wine, mint, cloves, lemon juice, cream, creamer, etc., and people of different nationalities drink coffee with different tastes. Here are some common types of coffee:

Cappuccino: Steam-pressurized espresso with frothy (or steamed) milk, sometimes cinnamon or spices or chocolate powder on request. Usually coffee, milk and milk foam each account for 1/3. Two espresso servings can also be added to the needs, called “Double”.

Caffè latte: “Caffè latte” is an Italian transliteration, French transliteration – coffee with plenty of hot milk and sugar. Also known as “coffee milk” – Chinese interpretation, consisting of one espresso plus more than two servings of hot milk. Two espresso servings can also be added to the needs, called “Double”.

Caramel Macchiato: On espresso, thick milk foam is added and topped with pure caramel syrup.

Caffè Mocha: Chocolate sauce is added to the espresso and whipped milk is poured.

American Coffee/Americano: Espresso with plenty of hot water is softer than regular espresso. Iced American, add espresso to the ice.

Irish Coffee: Whiskey is added to the coffee and creamed on top.

Viennese coffee: Invented by Austrian coachman Ein Schubner, chocolate syrup, whipped cream and sprinkled with sugar made of colorful rice.

【Single Coffee】

Generally refers to a single style of coffee beans produced in a single country or producing area. It can be likened to a solo piece for coffee. For example, the Cafetown brand estate series: Colombia, Medellin, Ethiopia, Yegasef, Costa Rica, Fica, etc. represent a pure coffee made from a single coffee bean, because each country or different region has its own climate, soil and natural environment, and the caffeine grown has its own characteristics.

Tasting “A la carte coffee” allows you to learn about the characteristics and flavors of coffee in a certain country or region. Generally, the capacity of single-origin coffee is about 120ml-250ml, and it will be served with a packet of sugar and a milk ball or a small cup of whole milk.

It should be noted that if you see the name of a European country on the coffee list, such as: Italy, Vienna, Ireland, etc., it is not a single coffee. Because the European continent does not produce coffee. These are fancy coffee.

Perhaps many people will have questions, why is espresso more suitable for mixing other substances called fancy coffee?

That’s because espresso has a thicker texture than droplet coffee, and contains higher dissolved substances per unit volume than droplet coffee; Usually the supply is calculated in “shots”. Espresso is chemically complex and fickle, with many components breaking down due to oxidation or lower temperatures. One characteristic of properly brewed espresso is the presence of crema, a reddish-brown foam that floats on the surface of the espresso. It is composed of vegetable oils, proteins and sugars. Coffee fat has the combination of emulsion and foam colloid, so it is not surprising that it is easier to combine with ingredients such as milk commonly used in fancy coffee.