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Ordering coffee at a coffee shop – Real Life English Lessons

Learn how to order coffee at a coffee shop in English with Camille – Real Life English Dialogues / Conversations

Watch the video above where my friend Davide and I act out a real life English dialogue. You can also see my video where I order at a real coffee shop in the USA.

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The Real Life Ordering Coffee at a Coffee Shop Dialogue:

Camille (Barista): What can I get for you today
Davide (Customer): Hmm I’m trying to decide between a hot or a cold drink.
Camille (Barista): It’s pretty hot out…maybe an iced coffee.
Davide (Customer): Okay sure.
Camille (Barista): Do you want any flavoring in that?
Davide (Customer): Just Plain is okay.
Camille (Barista): What about milk?
Davide (Customer): Do you have any alternative milk options?
Camille (Barista): We have oat, soy, and coconut milk.
Davide (Customer): Sure, I’ll have some oat milk.
Camille (Barista): Okay, anything to eat with your coffee?
Davide (Customer): I’ll have a chocolate chip cookie.
Camille (Barista): Okay, sounds good that’ll be $7.42.
Davide (Customer): Thanks. Just tap here?
Camille (Barista): Yep! Perfect. It’ll be ready at the end of the counter.
Camille (Barista): What is your favorite drink? (Let me know down below in the comments)

Typical Coffee Drinks you will find in an American Coffee Shop / Cafe

Coffee Drinks in the USA

Coffee in the USA:

  • Drip Coffee: Made by pouring hot water over ground coffee beans, typically brewed in a drip coffee maker. It’s a standard option and comes in different roasts and flavors.
  • Espresso: The Italian classic! A concentrated coffee brewed by forcing hot water through finely-ground coffee beans. It’s stronger and thicker in consistency than drip coffee.
  • Americano: Made by diluting espresso with hot water, resulting in a similar strength to drip coffee but with a different flavor profile.
  • Latte: A coffee drink made with espresso and steamed milk, usually topped with a small amount of foam. It has a creamy texture and can be customized with flavored syrups.
  • Cappuccino: Similar to a latte but with equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam. It tends to have a stronger coffee flavor and a drier foam.
  • Macchiato: Espresso “stained” with a small amount of steamed milk or milk foam. It’s stronger than a latte or cappuccino.
  • Mocha: A latte or hot chocolate with espresso and chocolate syrup added, often topped with whipped cream.

The classic Tulip cup of Turkey. Unfortunately it is harder to find Turkish tea in a USA coffee shop.

Tea in the USA:

  • Black Tea: Fully oxidized tea leaves, resulting in a bold flavor. Can be served with or without milk and sweeteners.
  • Green Tea: Unoxidized tea leaves, providing a lighter flavor and often associated with health benefits.
  • Herbal Tea: Made from dried fruits, flowers, herbs, or spices rather than tea leaves. It comes in various flavors and is caffeine-free.
  • Chai Tea: A spiced tea made with black tea, milk, and a blend of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves. Often sweetened and served as a latte.
  • Matcha Tea: A Japanese green tea powder made from finely powdered dried tea leaves

Iced Drinks:

  • Iced Coffee: Chilled coffee served over ice, often with milk and sweeteners.
  • Iced Latte: Espresso mixed with cold milk and poured over ice.
  • Iced Tea: Chilled tea served over ice, available in various flavors.
  • Cold Brew Coffee: Coffee brewed with cold water over an extended period, resulting in a smooth and less acidic flavor.

Specialty Beverages:

  • Pumpkin Spice Latte: A seasonal drink made with espresso, milk, pumpkin spice syrup, and topped with whipped cream and pumpkin spice seasoning.
  • Salted Caramel Mocha: A mocha with added caramel syrup and a sprinkle of sea salt, often topped with whipped cream.
  • Vanilla Bean Frappuccino: A blended beverage made with vanilla bean syrup, milk, ice, and topped with whipped cream.
  • Caramel Macchiato: A latte with vanilla syrup and caramel drizzle, often served with espresso shots poured on top.

Non-Coffee Options:

  • Hot Chocolate: A sweet and creamy beverage made with milk and chocolate syrup or cocoa powder, often topped with whipped cream or marshmallows.
  • Steamer: Steamed milk flavored with syrups, available in various flavors like vanilla, hazelnut, or caramel.
  • Fruit Smoothies: Blended drinks made with fruit, yogurt, and sometimes juice or milk for a refreshing option.

Alternative Milks:

  • Almond Milk: Made from ground almonds and water, providing a nutty flavor and creamy texture.
  • Soy Milk: Made from soybeans and water, offering a creamy texture and neutral flavor.
  • Oat Milk: Made from oats and water, providing a creamy texture with a mild, slightly sweet flavor.
  • Coconut Milk: Made from the grated meat of mature coconuts, offering a rich and slightly sweet flavor.

Flavored Syrups:

  • Vanilla Syrup: Adds a sweet and creamy vanilla flavor to beverages.
  • Caramel Syrup: Adds a rich and sweet caramel flavor, often used in caramel macchiatos and other caramel-flavored drinks.
  • Hazelnut Syrup: Adds a nutty and slightly sweet flavor to beverages.
  • Peppermint Syrup: Adds a refreshing mint flavor, often used in seasonal drinks like peppermint mochas.

Thanks for learning with me about coffee shops and how to order in coffee shops in the USA. I hope you found this English post helpful. Be sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel for more useful English lessons.


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Hi friends! I'm Camille. I create engaging American English content for ESL people around the world. When I am not creating videos, books or blogs, you will probably find me in a cafe somewhere around the world, studying my next target language or at home cooking up food for my family of five. Stick around, read some posts and learn some English with me :) Tchau, ciao! ~Camille
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