skinny espresso

19:31 Nov 19, 2008
This question was closed without grading. Reason: Errant question

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Cooking / Culinary / coffees
English term or phrase: skinny espresso
Can someone who has visited Starbucks please explain what this is in words of one syllable? I'm wondering whether it loosely corresponds to what the Portuguese and Brazilians call a 'carioca de café' - a black coffee watered down with hot water.
Local time: 19:04

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3 +3espresso coffee with skim (skimmed) milk added.
Jack Doughty
3low fat espresso
Mark Nathan
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From the horse's mouth

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espresso coffee with skim (skimmed) milk added.


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Your "carioca de café" sound like what in Spain is called "café solo americano" - black espresso coffee diluted with boiling water.
Coffee Dictionary (
See Primer on Shade Grown Coffee. Skinny: Ordering a coffee beverage requesting the use of skim milk. Tamp: Action of packing espresso into the espresso ...

Jack Doughty
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Local time: 18:04
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agree  Caroline Moreno: Yes, sounds good too :)
7 mins
  -> Thank you. Doesn't sound good to me. I only like black filter coffee, and hate Starbucks!

agree  Will Matter
15 mins
  -> Thank you, but the question's been closed.

agree  Gary D: Usually enjoyed with a full fat chocolate cake and cream
13 hrs
  -> Thank you. Well, maybe with a low-fat coffee it's OK to eat a full-fat cake.
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low fat espresso

In coffee lingo "skinny" usually means that you use skimmed milk instead of full-fat milk. A "skinny latte" would be the most common example, i.e. milky coffee made with skimmed milk.

So a "skinny espresso" is a bit odd by itself, since pure espresso obviously does not contain any milk. It would become meaningful with something else tacked on, e.g. "skinny espresso milkshake", "skinny espresso cooler" etc.

Espresso with hot water in it is sometimes called an americano.

Note added at 24 mins (2008-11-19 19:55:57 GMT)

I expect that what is really meant here is a skinny cappuccino, i.e. the classic espresso coffee and foamed milk combination produced by a suitably noisy machine, except made with skimmed milk.

Mark Nathan
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Reference: From the horse's mouth

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Here are two explanations from Starbucks:


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Asker: Thanks for that - it just confirms that I was way off beam with my question.

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