Espresso Coffee Jargon and Terminology Explained

Espresso coffee jargon explained 

If you have been searching for an espresso machine and have been seeing all kinds of strange words that you have never seen before, this page is devoted to just simply defining and unraveling the mystery of all of these words. Therefore, below is a complete listing of all the espresso coffee jargon and terminology explained, all in one convenient place.

You will likely find that some of the things you thought were so important when choosing an espresso machine are actually not so important after all, while other things that you felt might not be important turn out to be much more coffeewordsimportant than you had thought.

The world is full of different jargon for different things that people are involved in.

  • Computer geeks like to talk about things like RAM and CPU…
  • Website making fanatics speak of things such as SEO and Analytics…
  • Doctors like to use big words, such as lumbosacral, spondylolisthesis, radiculopathy, and whatnot…

…and on and on and on.

There is also a very individualized, and somewhat expansive, line of jargon devoted completely to the world of java/espresso. Even deciding on what type of espresso beverage to purchase can become somewhat dizzifying at times, if you are not familiar with the terminology involved.



Espresso terms vortexFeel like you have fallen into a vortex lately, in your attempts to figure this, that, and the other thing out about espresso machines?

Trying to get a grip on what some of the things associated with making espresso, such as maybe what a portafilter is, a dual boiler, or even an Americano beverage, definitely gets rather confusing for most people new to the world of espresso.

Below is a complete compilation of all these weird words put together all in one happy place!


We have added images, when legally possible, to assist you in fully understanding what the heck we are talking about!


Espresso Coffee Jargon and Terminology Explained

This espresso glossary is definitely a work in progress, just started on Thursday, April 9, 2015. Feel free to check back from time to time, as this list will be added to on a daily basis until every single thing we can come up with has been included. Thanks for your patience!

If you have any questions about something, please leave a comment at the bottom of this page. We normally check comments throughout the day, so you can count on receiving a fast response.


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