Coffee noob here, a little assistance please

After the amazing Coffee Alison I had in Portland at Besaw Restaurant, I was on the hunt for replicating that coffee again. Coffee Alison was just the name the restaurant had for it but it was coffee with milk, chocolate, hazelnut and a touch of cinnamon on top and it was amazing!

Coffee AllisonWe were standing in PDX waiting for our flight and I decided to stop at Starbucks for a drink.

This happens to me every time I go to Starbucks. I stand in line and stare blankly, not having a clue what anything on the menu means. This is why I always wind up ordering a Green Tea Frappuccino. I mean come on, it’s clearly just green tea ice cream, and obviously a delicious choice for someone who never drinks coffee. By the way, no that’s not a Paleo menu option. :p But after having that amazing coffee at Besaw’s I really wanted to see if it was just that coffee or if for some reason I didn’t dislike the taste of all coffee anymore.

So I’m standing in line and realize I have no idea what anything means, cue Twitter.

I was given a quick lesson on a few coffee details when we took a trip to Intelligentsia with Bob & Michelle so I had already committed to memory that espresso was like a strong coffee shot and I already knew I didn’t like that. Plus we had plenty of time before it was our turn to order so I randomly started googling the difference between latte, mocha, cappuccino, macchiato…oh the list goes on.

When I hit mocha=chocolate, that’s when the search stopped. Then to determine if I wanted it hot, iced, as a frap, whip or no whip, what kind of milk, any added flavors, OMG the freaking choices…they could make a person go mad!

Before I could make up my mind, or really research all the differences, it was my turn to order so I just went easy: Caffe Mocha…done and done!

When we came home Jeff saw this fun little Venn Diagram on Google+. This would have definitely come in handy while we were waiting in line, but either way, I’ve got it now! :)

Do you drink coffee? How do you take it?