Coffee Ordering Guide: Your Guide to Ordering at a Café!

We realize that ordering coffee can be a daunting task. Menus in coffeehouses and Gatherings at the Depot alike can be a sea of words that can look like a foreign language! Trying to decipher “ Tall skinny mocha latte with an extra shot” just sounds plain wrong.

To help you with this problem, we have come up with a guide that will hopefully make your ordering process a much less of a hassle.  We will provide the drink, along with suggestions that can enhance your coffee experience (such as flavors, syrups and more!) We hope you enjoy!


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Drip Coffee

Definition: a drink made from the roasted and ground beanlike seeds of a tropical shrub, served hot or iced.

This is just the typical cup of coffee you can get from coffee shops, gas stations, diners, ect. in America. It is similar to what you may brew at home.


Definition: a concentrated beverage brewed by forcing a small amount of hot water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans.

Espresso is made with special espresso beans. Usually espresso is in “shots” where the more “shots” of espresso you have,the more caffeine content there is. The larger the drink the more shots of espresso there are. Example 12oz is 1 shot, 16 oz is 2 shots, 20 oz is 3 shots etc… Espresso is usually added to steamed milk or water or vice versa, which will be covered below.


Café Latte

Definition: A latte is a coffee drink made with espresso and steamed milk.

A popular drink, mostly used with steamed milk and a variety of syrups and flavors can be added. There is a small amount of steamed milk on the top. Lots of varieties available with lattes, especially seasonal like Pumpkin Spice and Peppermint.

Vince recommends: “If you want a sweeter drink,  you can choose from a variety of syrups!”


Definition A cappuccino is an Italian coffee drink which is traditionally prepared with espresso, steamed milk, and       steamed-milk foam.

A cappuccino typically has less steamed milk and more foamed milk on top than a latte.

Vince Recommends: “If you’re a fan of more foam get a Cappuccino, less foam get a latte.”


Definition:  Espresso with hot water added. Your choice of one, two, three or four shots of espresso are used depending on how buzzed you want to get. The freshest form of drinking coffee. It

Vince Recommends: “Three shot americano starts the day off right!”


Definition: pronounced “mah-key-ah-toh,” literally means “marked”  in Italian, it is espresso  “marked” with a dash of   frothy steamed milk.

Typically it comes in the form of Caramel Macchiato, made popular by starbucks. This heavenly drink consists of typical macchiato stature made in this order: add caramel syrup, then steamed milk, milk froth, now add your shots of espresso and top with caramel sauce.

Vince Recommends: “If you would like less calories in your drink use skim milk instead of whole!”

Café Mocha

Definition: Chocolate sauce, espresso, and steamed milk, all while  topped with whipped cream.

Just like a latte but with added chocolate sauce which pairs well with coffee.

Vince Recommends: “Add raspberry syrup to a Cafe Mocha for an awesome flavor experience.”



Many of these coffee and espresso based drinks can be widely varied. Along with the traditional crème and sugar, many coffee places offer a variety of different flavors and syrups. Here at the Depot we offer:


  • Vanilla(and sugar free)
  • Hazelnut
  • Caramel(sugar free also available)
  • Pumpkin(seasonal)
  • Peppermint(seasonal)
  • Raspberry
  • Butter Pecan


  • Chocolate
  • Caramel
  • White Chocolate


Many drinks with steamed whole milk can be substituted with skim or soy milk for a different flavor/less calories. Many of the above can be iced too! Check out  our menu for all of our drinks here(

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Gatherings at the Depot’s staff “go-to” drinks!

Vince: “I usually stick to a Americano, but if I’m feeling adventurous Ill have an Iced Café Mocha”

Joni: “Caramel Macchiato made by Vince!

Mike: “Iced Americano with sugar free vanilla syrup, great pre workout drink!”


If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or email or head barista at and we will be sure to help in your quest to order the perfect espresso or coffee drink. If anything, ask the barista what they recommend at whichever coffee shop you go to!