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Coffee Shop Drinks and Lingo Demystified with Morgan Eckroth, Part 1

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In the first of two episodes, covering all common coffee shop drinks and lingo, Kenneth sits down with Morgan Eckroth of Onyx Coffee Lab. She is the 2022 World Barista Runner-Up and the reigning US Barista Champion. Morgan is the most popular coffee expert across all of the big social media platforms. She is the go-to source for all things coffee, so is the ideal person to provide an overview of modern coffee lingo and drinks!

In this episode, they cover drip coffee, pour-overs, and batch brews. Before moving on to espresso, red and black eyes, americano, long black, macchiato, cortado, cappuccino, and a few others. During the episode, they also debunk a few myths and answer some interesting questions, for example, whether espresso is as strong as drip coffee.


  • In the US, drip coffee is still the most common way to drink coffee. The fact that it can be made in large batches makes it an efficient option.
  • Batch brewing can still produce a phenomenal cup of coffee. It is a good way to get a consistent cup.
  • Espresso is more concentrated than drip coffee. 
  • Americanos are a great introduction to coffee because the taste is milder and smoother.
  • Macchiato means stain or mark which makes it the perfect name for a coffee with a smidge of steamed milk on top.
  • How the milk is prepared has a big impact on the mouthfeel.


‘Outside of the US, you´ll hear drip coffee referred to as filtered coffee. ´

‘Very roughly speaking, on average, a double shot of espresso ... will have an approximate amount of caffeine to an 8oz cup.’

‘A macchiato is just a way to soften and kind of take off the edge of espresso,’


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Coffee 101 is an educational show on all things coffee. The host, Kenneth Thomas, starts with the most basic questions about coffee and builds your knowledge from there. If you love coffee, are curious about coffee, or you’re a business just looking for a resource to train your team, Coffee 101 is without question the show for you!   Season 2 is all about coffee’s journey from ‘shelf to sip’.

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