The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf abruptly shuts down all NYC outposts

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Coffee lovers: Pour a latte out for a fallen friend!

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, the California-based coffee chain, abruptly shuttered all 12 of its NYC franchises this week after five years in the Big Apple.

No word yet on the fate of the coffee chain's 1,000 locations worldwide.

The company sent West Side Rag, the blog that broke the news, the following statement:

International Coffee & Tea, LLC regrets to announce that all of the franchised The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® locations in Manhattan closed on October 1, 2016. We value the brand's loyal following in the Big Apple and intend to swiftly bring The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® hand-crafted coffees and teas, including the world famous Ice Blended® drinks, back to New York City.

It is our hope that when The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® returns to New York, the new store owners will deliver the products and service our customers have come to expect through their experiences at the other 1,000+ company-owned and franchised The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® locations around the world.

Now, make sense of all the espresso and coffee drinks -- and the difference between a latte and cappuccino:

Coffee and espresso drinks explained
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Coffee and espresso drinks explained

A latte is espresso and steamed milk with a small amount of milk foam on top.

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A cappuccino should be equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam. 

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dry cappuccino features less of the traditional steamed milk and more milk foam in its place.

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cafe au lait is traditional black coffee mixed with warmed milk.

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Espresso is specially brewed coffee, created with finely ground coffee beans brewed under pressure with nearly-boiling water. 

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macchiato, traditionally, is a 'stained' espresso -- espresso with just a dot of milk.

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An Americano is espresso mixed with hot water. 

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cortado is espresso that is 'cut' with an equal amount of milk. 

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red eye is for the severely under-caffeinated -- espresso shots mixed in with a regular black coffee

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