One of the greatest blessings mankind has been gifted with is the heavenly coffee bean.

Coffee beans come from the centers of cherry-like fruits, called coffee cherries or coffee berries (that’s right—coffee beans come from fruit. Which means coffee is “technically” a fruit), which are then cultivated and prepared to sheer perfection for our consumption. #Blessed

While there are many different areas to touch on regarding this liquid heaven and its many wonders—like the different types of coffee beans, the various brewing methods, and how to make yourself a quality cup at home—in this installment of “Coffee Culture” I will be describing what makes up the six classic coffee drinks that can be found at pretty much any coffee shop. In hopes that you, the reader, are better informed the next time you get your caffeine fix.

ESPRESSO

For when you’ve been awake and studying for 24+ hours and you still have more to do. hard-core. (May the force be with you.)

  • 1 shot of espresso

MACCHIATO

Yes, believe it or not, the macchiato you are sipping on at Starbucks is not what it should be.

  • 1 shot of espresso
  • topped with foam

LATTE

Because you feel like a boss saying, “Where is my latte?”

  • 2/3 espresso
  • 1/3 milk
  • topped with foam (steamed milk)

CAPPUCCINO

When you order one, you at least seem like you know what you’re talking about.

  • 1/3 espresso
  • 1/3 milk
  • 1/3 foam

MOCHA

For those who don’t like coffee but need the energy boost.

  • 1/3 espresso
  • 2/3 steamed milk
  • add chocolate

AMERICANO

You are an experienced coffee-drinker.

  • 1/3 espresso
  • 2/3 hot water