Conversation Starters: 27 Coffee Shop Drinks That Are More Interesting Than Coffee

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Ordering food and drink is the biggest softball pitch in dating, yet rarely are people well-versed enough to take advantage. Sure, there’s a bit of snob’s game, but just a little knowledge of preparation and variety is the right way of showing off.

Consider the coffee date, where the actual drink orders rushed through to make for small talk. When the waiter comes by or we walk to the bar to place an order, it usually amounts to:

“He/she will have a coffee and I’ll have… the same….”

Or maybe one of you went latte. Risk taker!

But coffee is a malleable foundation primed for tinkering and experimentation. In a new video list, Mental Floss rattles off 27 concoctions a person could order at their local coffee shop. What’s the difference between Espresso Lungo and the Espresso Ristretto? Why is the Affogato something you should probably be ordering whenever it’s available? These secrets and more in this primer for being the best coffee dater on the planet:

Matt Patches is a writer and reporter living in New York City. His work has been featured on Vulture, Time Out New York, and The Hollywood Reporter. He is the host of the pop culture podcast Operation Kino.