The Rijo42 guide to modern coffee

latte-249102_640Struggling to tell your skinny lattes from your soy cappuccinos? We unravel the mystery of ordering a coffee, 2015-style.

Skinny latte

This one’s easy – it’s a regular latte made with skimmed milk instead of semi-skimmed or whole. Latte itself is a combination of espresso coffee and steamed milk, and using skimmed milk generally means the finished drink comes in at around a  third fewer calories. As an aside, did you know that the word ‘latte’ comes from the Italian ‘caffè latte’ or ‘caffellatte’, which just means ‘milk coffee’?

 Soya/almond milk latte

As above, but made with soya or almond milk instead of cow’s milk. This makes it suitable for people who are lactose intolerant or who follow a vegan diet. It also tends to be lower in fat. You might not fancy trying it, but it’s actually surprisingly tasty!

Flat white
Now popping up on coffee shop menus everywhere, the flat white is still relatively new to the UK but it’s been around in New Zealand for over thirty years. It’s made with a double of single shot of espresso and steamed milk, but is smoother and more velvety than an espresso.

Drip filter coffee
Also called drip brewed coffee, drip filtered is coffee prepared by pouring heated water over ground coffee beans in a filter. Instead of being forced through the filter, as is often the case with coffee machines, the water drips through at its own pace allowing more time to release the oils and flavours for a more intense taste.

Single estate coffee

All the rage amongst London coffee afficionados, single estate coffees come from a single place , normally one farm or small collection of farms.

However you like your coffee, don’t forget to take a look at our coffee beans range on the main Rijo42 website for some top quality beans at great prices.