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A lesson in coffee

By heatherblogger 25 Apr 2016

Ever walked into Starbucks and found yourself perplexed over what to order?

Our guide will tell you all you need to know about coffee... 


Coffee doesn’t get much rawer than this. Generally favoured by drinkers, not for its taste, but instead for the almost instantaneous caffeine buzz it gives off. Perfect for seeing you through a long night at the library when you have an essay deadline looming …

Flat white

What all the cool kids of the moment are drinking! Originating from the coffee house hubs of Sydney, this popular pick-me-up is simply a shot of espresso topped with steamed milk. It is usually served in a smallish sized cup that isn’t too large that you feel guilty about the hidden calories, but is still enough to help keep you awake during that 9am lecture on taxation!!


A latte is basically a flat white made with more steamed milk and served in a larger glass. Ideal for sipping casually whilst working through some course work. Why not jazz up your latte by adding a flavoured syrup to it? Caramel or Hazelnut are my personal preference.


The original choice of the city slickers, these days the cappuccino is in danger of fading away as fast as the foamy milk it’s topped with. For old school coffee drinkers like myself, this classic allows you to enjoy authentic Italian-style coffee from the comfort of your favourite Glasgow based coffee shop.


A fairly new addition to the coffee family, the Macchiato has become a popular after-dinner order. Like an espresso, it is served in a dainty cup, carefully topped with foam. It’s unusual name translates as “stained milk”, in reference to it’s ombre-style appearance.


This one is for when all you really want is a hot chocolate, but you equally don’t want to look childish in front of your sophisticated coffee drinking friends. A mocha allows you to make that compromise, without having to completely sacrifice your cocoa bean cravings.

Side-note – I have heard whispers of Starbucks doing a ‘Nutella Mocha’ on their secret menu. This dreamy concoction consists of a regular coffee, combined with a pump each of chocolate, caramel and hazelnut syrup.

An Iced coffee

That well-known dilemma – you want a coffee but there is a rare British heat wave. An iced coffee is the answer to your prayers. You can get any of the above coffees in iced form for a cool caffeine thirst-clencher.

Next time you dine at Jamie’s Italian in bustling George Square, be sure to ask for a shakerato; a speciality drink made with a shot of espresso, sugar and ice cubes, shaken in a cocktail shaker and poured into a martini glass. Can you think of a better way to cool off in the heat?


When caffeine just won’t do and you simply require an almighty sugar rush, a frappe is your friend. Available in a variety of flavours and accounting for most of your daily calorie allowance, it will make you feel good in the short-term if nothing else!

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