How to Order Coffee Without Sounding Like a Tool

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Zaida Dedolph
Cortado? Macchiato? Learning the language can be a huge barrier to new coffee drinkers.

I worked in the specialty coffee world for almost a decade before retiring to the blogosphere. If there's one thing I learned during that time, it's that there is a massive language barrier between cafes and coffee drinkers. As with any other industry, coffee comes with its own vocabulary of terms -- many of which have been modified or mangled as the industry itself has changed. Here's a brief introduction for the bewildered.

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I Drank Something Called "Dank-Dank" at Songbird Coffee and It Was Even Awesomer Than It Sounds

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Zaida Dedolph
The Dank-Dank; fun to say, fun to drink.

For this week's Grind column, I decided to walk into a coffee shop I had never been to, ask for a recommendation, and review it. This was clearly the best decision I have ever made, because it led me to discover the Dank-Dank (pronounced Daynk-Uh-Daynk). This secret off-menu gem is a Songbird Coffee original that is sure to delight coffee snobs and novices alike.


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4 Metro Phoenix Espresso Blends to Try -- and 1 to Avoid

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Scott Schiller/ Flickr
Perfect espresso extraction can be hard to come by.

Espresso may very well be the tequila of the coffee world. To some, the word alone evokes memories of late nights in college spent guzzling bitter, amber liquid, not for the flavor, but certainly for its desired effects. To others, appreciating the drink is a mark of sophistication. Despite the small proportions of the beverage itself, espresso plays an enormous role in the coffee world.

I would argue that espresso is a lens through which all other elements of the coffee industry (including green coffee quality, service standards, proficiency in roasting, and skill in preparation) are magnified. Here is an introduction to four fantastic espresso blends available at your favorite Phoenix area cafes -- and one that you should go ahead and pass on, forever.


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Espresso and Tonic Might Be The Refreshing Iced Coffee Drink You've Been Waiting For

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Heather Hoch
This could be the iced coffee drink for you, if you can handle its flavor.
On the everlasting quest to switch up my iced coffee routine, a friend recommended that I try tonic and espresso. As a fan of gin and tonic and a fan of black coffee, it seemed like a good option for me. However, its intense, unique flavor definitely isn't for everyone.

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Silent Flight Coffee Now Delivers Cold Brew Valleywide

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Silent Flight Coffee
You don't have to live in Tempe to get Silent Flight Coffee.
Just when you were beginning to feel left out, Silent Flight Coffee announced that it will expand services to deliver coffee Valley wide. Co-owner and roaster Perry Czopp says the all-inclusive delivery radius is due, in part, to high demand for Silent Flight cold brew since the beginning of this week.

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Two New Tempe Coffee Delivery Services Promise Cold Brew on Your Doorstep

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Silent Flight
Cold brew delivered to your door-- if you live in downtown Tempe, at least.
Although coffee delivery has picked up in other cities, it wasn't until just recently that the Valley received its first two options right around the same time. Both offer subscription-based coffee services -- specifically, growlers or 500 ml thermoses of cold brew -- in the Tempe area, limited to the 85281 zip code. If you live in the area, that's good news for you because you can sign up for Silent Flight or Mutual Goods cold brew delivery service, depending on which you like better.

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Demi Coffee Brings Experimentation and Local Flair Back to Phoenix Coffee

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Heather Hoch
These drinks from Demi Coffee might look experimental-- and they are.
A lot of coffee shops in town seem poised to become chains, and that's fine. If you're doing it right and you've got your coffee game on lock, why not expand. However, over at Demi Coffee, the brand new spot that took over for Mud Dauber off 16th Street north of McDowell Road, it's more about trying new things than it is getting everything picture perfect, and, you know what, it's pretty fun to join them at ground level.

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Cartel's Drew Scharnitzke Demonstrates 3 Coffee Brewing Methods

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Heather Hoch
Drew Scharnitzke explains what you're really getting when you order a Chemex brewed coffee.
A few doors down from Cartel Coffee Lab's flagship roastery location in Tempe, there's a door that reads "Cartel World Headquarters." Inside, Drew Scharntizke, along with his fellow coffee instructor Bill Kennedy, spend most days using refractometers to ensure their brews are being extracted properly or educating new baristas. Since teaching coffee is Scharntizke's full-time gig, he's definitely one of the best people in town to ask if you want to know what the difference is when you order a V60 versus a Chemex versus and Aeropress brewed coffee.

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Bulletproof Coffee Mixes Butter in Coffee, Claims Health Benefits

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Heather Hoch
It may look frothy and innocent, but this Bulletproof trend packs a major punch.
What if I told you that you could mix butter and oil in your coffee in the morning and reap health benefits from weight loss to increased mental acuity and even help digestion and heart health? If you think I'm absolutely crazy, I really wouldn't blame you, but that's exactly what Bulletproof Coffee drinkers are saying.

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5 Flavored Iced Coffee Drinks You Won't Be Embarrassed to Order

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Heather Hoch
Jobot's dirty chai is much more than meets the eye and much less sugary.
I know, that headline is a bit harsh, but seriously. If you can hold your head up high holding a dulce triple caramel frappucino with whip and chocolate sprinkles, you're stronger stock than I. However, I'll readily admit a love of flavor when it isn't just a bunch of syrup. Thankfully, there are several coffee shops around town that make flavorful drinks with legit ingredients. Here are five of my favorites.

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