For the man or woman who was dozing at the back of the classroom when the high-end coffee scene happened, here's a handy study guide:
A tidy description of common espress-based drinks can be found halfway down the page. If one had a scientific mind, one would order one of each and determines how it suits. Jack is pleased to find that froo-froo Starbucks milkshakes are not represented on this list of actual, real drinks.
I bring this matter up because I am currently getting my ass handed to me on a serving tray in chess at Lone Pine Coffee Roasters (downtown). Last meet, the chess hustler mentioned that the high-end coffee scene came to Bend when he was otherwise distracted; and he expressed an unfamiliarity with the current drinks which are common among the coffeenista.
So to him, and others who are unsure about what to order when facing a chalkboard and a hipster barrista in a coffee shop, I commend that article at theoatmeal,com. One could work one's way through the various espresso drinks and order them. See which ones suit.
At Lone Pine Coffee, one can't got wrong with the beans if one is seeking a big coffee taste. The roasting syle leads to coffees with a fat midrange and nice rich "bottom end" [bass] (it turns out that audio descriptives work well with coffee). I like how "chunky" their roasts are.
But they do lack the high notes -- the citrusy, floral notes that are characteristic of different beans. Scott, Lone Pine's owner, told me that he'd made a conscious decision to roast for big richness.
Thump Coffee's beans, on the other hand, let a fellow taste the differences between varieties.
So Jack finds that for an afternoon cup, when Jack so desperately needs something to savor, a drip cone or French press of Thump's beans is richly-rewarding; while in the morning, when Jack is grumping about the kitchen wishing that he could sleep in more, a Clever Coffeemaker of Lone Pine's middle-shelf beans provides all Jack needs to start appreciating the day.