Figuring out coffee culture terms can be confusing if you’re just stepping into it. What are all those foreign-sounding terms like espresso, latte, cappuccino and the like? Espresso is coffee, but not all coffee is espresso. The key word to differentiate all these different forms of coffee, is that most of what we call “just” coffee is more accurately called drip coffee.
A drip coffee maker is a machine that makes brewed coffee by dripping hot water through coffee grounds in a filter. The filters can either be flat-bottomed or cone-shaped. Another type of brewed coffee using essentially the same method, is known as a pour-over. In this case, you manually pour hot water over a filter apparatus directly into the waiting cup.
However, espresso and derivative drinks like lattes and cappuccinos are totally different and made with specialized tools. (more…)