Updated: May 28, 2019
Rose is shopping in the Glen, needs a rest, so she pops into Robertsons Book Shop for a coffee and a cake. Perfect! Rose goes to the counter:
Waitress: Good morning! Can I help you?
Rose: Good morning! Can I please have a coffee?
Waitress: Sure. What coffee would you like?
Rose: I would like a flat white please.
Waitress: Sure, one flat white. Is that to have here or take away?
Rose: Just for here thanks.
Waitress: OK, is there anything else?
Rose: Mmm, yes, I think I might have one of those carrot cakes too.
Waitress: Yes, of course. Here is your table number. One flat white and one carrot cake, that will be $9.50 thanks.
Rose: OK, here is my card. Thank you very much.
Waitress: Please tap here. Thanks. I will bring them out to you.
Ordering coffee in Melbourne can be a daunting task because there are so many kinds. Where do you start? Let me help by defining some:
Flat White: one part espresso (one shot of coffee) and 4 parts hot milk, very little froth, served in a cup.
Cafe Latte: one part espresso, 5 parts hot milk, served in a glass.
Cappuccino: one part espresso, one third hot milk and one third froth, and when in Melbourne, a scattering of powered chocolate on the top.
Magic: a double ristretto topped with creamy, frothed milk as in a latte. Uniquely Melbourne.
Double Ristretto: a double (2) shot of coffee
Piccolo: one shot of espresso topped with steamed milk but served in an espresso cup or very small latte glass. The taste is twice as strong as a latte.
Macchiato: an espresso topped with a dollop of foam.
Long Macchiato: a long black topped with a dollop of foam.
Short Black: one shot of espresso.
Long Black: a double shot of espresso and then the normal sized cup is filled with hot water.