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Coffee Ordering Terms

How to Order Coffee Drinks from Coffeehouse Menus

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Coffee ordering terms like "solo" and "skinny" are useful for placing espresso and coffee orders, but they can also be confusing if you're relatively new to coffee drinks and espresso drinks. This guide includes all the top coffee menu and coffee order terms you'll need to get exactly the drinks you want.

Cap
Short for cappuccino.

Decaf
Coffee with most (not all) of its caffeine removed. Standards require that 97% of the original caffeine be removed, but the actual caffeine content in decaffeinated drinks is a controversial topic. Caffeine may be removed with water processing (called the "Swiss water process") or with chemical applications.

Double
Twice as much. This can be a double shot, a double amount of flavor syrup, two packs of sugar, twice the usual amount of milk or anything else. Just say "double" before the thing you want twice as much of when ordering coffee.

Double Double
This drink order is popular in Canada, especially at Tim Horton's. It refers to a large coffee with two creamer packets and two sugar packets mixed in.

Dry
A drink with frothed milk only (little or no creamy hot milk).

Extra
Similar to "double." This is usually used when you want more flavor, milk or sugar than usual.

Haf Caf
A 1:1 blend of decaf and "regular" coffee, a.k.a. a "split shot" or "half and half."

House
The house blend of coffee. It varies from shop to shop, so don't be afraid to ask what it's like!

Mocha
A drink made with chocolate syrup or powder.

Regular
Not decaf.

Rice
Rice milk. It's less common than soymilk, but if your local coffeehouse has it, you can order it in lieu of milk or in addition to a drink.

Quad
With four shots of espresso. Also known as a "double-double" in the U.S. (Warning - "Double-double" means "with two sugars and two creamers" in Canada.)

Skinny
A drink made with non-fat milk.

Shot
One serving size. It's usually applied to espresso and flavored syrups.

Single
Usually, one shot of espresso ordered straight, or as part of a more complex drink. It can also apply to other ingredients (such as a single sugar or single shot of flavor).

Solo
A drink made with only one shot of espresso, regardless of its size.

Soy
Soymilk. You can order it in lieu of milk or in addition to a drink.

Sugar-Free
Flavored syrup with a sugar substitute, or a sugarless version of a drink that usually has sugar.

Triple
Three shots of espresso served together, or a drink made with three shots of espresso.

Wet
The opposite of "dry," which means it has little to no foam and a larger quantity of milk. It's not necessary to order most drinks "wet" unless you want them extra wet.

Whip
Whipped cream. Order "whip" if you want it added or "no whip" if you don't want whipped cream on a drink that usually has it.

With Legs
In an insulated to-go cup, with a lid.

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