Ever been out on a coffee date with a fellow coffee aficionado and after hearing them place their order you gave them a funny look like what did you just order?
Umm… you don’t ever want that to be your reaction as a coffee lover. That’s why its important to know what are some of the different coffee drinks that exists.
It’s not possible to remember every single one of them but knowing the most common types of coffee flavors will save you future embarrassments.
On the contrary, if you’ve never been in that situation, then I’m sure you’ll take pleasure in showing off your coffee knowledge in front of your friends who may not be as passionate as you are, about coffee.
But, if you brew your own coffee at home (which I hope you do), you’ll want to experiment with making the different coffee drinks.
Knowing how to make different coffee drinks will not only enhance your coffee knowledge, but it will also mean that you have a wide variety of coffee flavours to brew instead of drinking the same one everyday.
A cafe latte is a mild coffee drink which contains a mixture of espresso and steamed milk, topped with foam.
An americano is a non-milk based coffee made up of 1 or 2 shots of espresso added with hot water. If you like your coffee stronger you may add an additional shot of espresso.
It is a simple but popular coffee drink that you’ll find on the menus of most restaurants around the world.
A cappuccino is similar to a latte as they contain the same amount of espresso but half the amount of steamed milk. Therefore cappuccinos are stronger versions of cafe lattes.
An espresso coffee is a blend of different types of roasted coffee beans. It is usually made by forcing hot water through the finely ground beans which should come out thick and dark brown with a little crema (foam) at the top.
An iced coffee is regular coffee poured over ice. It can either be black coffee, or milk coffee but with a very small amount of milk.
Additionally, you can add cream, sugar or syrup.
Doppio Espresso / Double Espresso
A Doppio espresso is a double shot extracted using a double coffee filter in the portafilter.
It equals to 60 ml of drink (double the amount of a single shot).
The cortado is an espresso coffee drink, with a small amount of steamed milk.
The steamed milk is used to “cut” the espresso and reduce the acidity and intensity of the drink.
A caramel macchiato is an espresso made with vanilla syrup, steamed milk, and caramel sauce.
The espresso is poured on top of the milk leaving a dark mark on top of the milk foam.
If you like a little cream in your coffee, then upgrade from an espresso and have a macchiato.
A mocha is an espresso with hot milk, similar to a latte but with added chocolate flavouring and sweetener.
Some people use cocoa powder and sugar while others use chocolate syrup, dark chocolate or milk chocolate.
A red eye consists of regular brewed coffee topped off with a shot of espresso.
Cafe Au Lait
A café au lait consist of a strong drip brewed or French pressed coffee, with steamed milk, similar to a cafe latte which uses espresso as a base but with more milk.
A frappé coffee is a Greek iced coffee drink made from instant coffee, water, sugar, and milk.
A chai latte is made with a tea concentrate and steamed milk, infused with cinnamon, clove and other spices.
Final Thoughts On Different Types Of Coffee
There you have it! 13 different coffee drinks to start spicing things up in your kitchen. You can have these coffee drinks at any time of day using your own variations according to taste or personal preference.
While there are far more coffee flavours, I just thought that these are the most common types of coffee every coffee lover should know.