Types of Coffee Drinks
Are you looking to expand your knowledge of coffee drinks? Look no further. This list provides you with a variety of coffee styles along with definitions and unique preparation processes. From a strong and bold espresso to a smooth and creamy latte, there’s a coffee drink for every taste preference.
Latte - Latte is a coffee drink made by mixing steamed milk and espresso with a layer of foam added to the top. Latte is known for its mild and creamy taste and can be served hot or cold. Learn how to make a latte.
- Mocha – Mocha is a coffee drink known for its chocolatey sweet, rich, and indulgent flavor. Mocha is made with steamed milk, chocolate syrup, and espresso with a layer of foam added to the top. This coffee beverage can be enjoyed hot or cold. Learn how to make a frozen mocha.
- Macchiato – Macchiato is a coffee drink made with espresso and a small amount of steamed milk or foam on top. Macchiato is known for its strong and bold taste and can be served hot or over ice.
- Cappuccino – Cappuccino is a coffee drink known for its creamy texture and smooth, balanced flavor. This coffee beverage is made with equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam on top. Learn how to make a cappuccino.
- Espresso – Espresso is a strong concentrated coffee drink typically served in a small espresso cup. It is commonly used as a base for many coffee drinks such as lattes, cappuccinos, and macchiatos.
- Flat White – Flat White is a coffee drink made by pouring steamed milk over an espresso. This coffee beverage has a higher amount of espresso than milk and is known for its rich, bold flavor, and velvety texture.
- Americano – Americano is a coffee drink typically made from equal parts espresso and hot water and is enjoyed black or with a small amount of cream. Americanos typically have strong flavor with less bitterness.
- Cold brew coffee – Cold brew is a cold coffee drink made by steeping ground coffee in cold water for 12 to 24 hours. The coffee is then filtered, and coffee grounds are removed, resulting in coffee that is less bitter and acidic than hot coffee. Learn how to make a cold brew coffee.
- Breve – Breve is a coffee drink made with equal parts espresso and steamed half-and-half. Breves are typically served in a small coffee cup and can be enjoyed hot or poured over ice. This coffee beverage is a popular choice for those who enjoy creamy, richer, and heavier textured coffee.
- Nitro cold brew – Nitro cold brew, also known as “nitro coffee”, is a nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee—a thicker and creamier version of a cold brew coffee. This coffee drink is a great choice for coffee lovers who enjoy a refreshing bold coffee with a smooth and creamy texture.
- Frappé – Frappé is an iced coffee drink made by mixing instant coffee, ice, sugar, and water in a shaker or blender. Sometimes milk, cream, or ice cream is added to create a creamier drink. This coffee drink can be enjoyed as an afternoon treat or even a dessert.
- Dalgona coffee – Dalgona coffee, also known as “whipped coffee”, is a coffee drink made by whipping instant coffee, hot water, and sugar with a hand mixer or whisk until it becomes frothy. This mixture is then poured over a glass of cold or hot milk.
- Cortado – Cortado coffee consists of two ounces of espresso that are diluted with two ounces of steamed milk. The milk is less foamy and intended to balance out the espressos’ bitterness. This coffee drink is served in a small glass and is typically enjoyed as a mid-morning or mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
- Dirty chai – Dirty chai is a coffee drink made by combining espresso or strong brewed coffee with chai tea. This combination gives this drink a darker color compared to a regular chai drink. Some variations can include spices or sugar and can be served hot or cold.
- Ristretto – Ristretto is a type of espresso that is more concentrated, using half the amount of water and a shorter extraction time than an espresso. Ristretto is typically thicker, rich in flavor, and less bitter.
- Irish coffee – Irish coffee is a combination of hot coffee, sugar, and Irish whiskey, topped with cream or whipped cream. This coffee drink is served warm and can be enjoyed as an after-dinner drink.
- Café au lait – Café au lait is a coffee drink made with half hot coffee and half steamed milk with no froth or foam on top. This coffee beverage is served in a larger bowl or mug and is known for its simplicity and rich flavor.
- Affogato – Affogato is a coffee-based dessert drink made with a scoop of ice cream or gelato and is drowned in hot espresso. This coffee drink makes for a simple and tasty dessert that combines the flavors and textures of espresso and gelato.
- Red-eye coffee – Red-eye coffee is a combination of regular drip coffee and espresso. This coffee drink is highly caffeinated and is made for coffee lovers who need a guaranteed boost of energy.
- Long black coffee – Long black coffee is made by pouring a double shot of espresso (or one shot of Ristretto) over hot water. This coffee drink features a frothy layer, also known as crema.
- Black coffee – Black coffee is a hot coffee beverage simply made by brewing ground coffee. Traditionally, no sugar or milk is added. This coffee drink can be made using a variety of coffee beans for different flavors and aromas.
- Turkish coffee – Turkish coffee is a hot coffee beverage that is made by brewing fine ground coffee in a copper pot called a “cezve” (pronounced ‘jehz-veh’) on a stovetop. Turkish coffee is not filtered and can be served with sugar or without. This coffee drink is generally thick in texture and rich in flavor.
- Cuban coffee – Cuban coffee, also known as Cafecito and Café Cubano, is a sweetened espresso. It is typically prepared by brewing finely ground coffee beans in a moka pot and then pouring over a sweet froth called “espuma”. Espuma is made from whipping espresso and sugar. Cuban coffee is served in small cups and can be enjoyed throughout the day.
- Doppio – Doppio is a double-shot espresso. This coffee drink is served in a small cup and is popular among espresso enthusiasts who prefer stronger, bolder flavors.
- Lungo – Lungo is a single shot of espresso that is brewed longer and with more water. Lungo is typically less strong but a more bitter version of a regular espresso.
- Iced coffee – Iced coffee is made by pouring regular coffee over ice. Iced coffee can be customized to include milk, cream, or flavored syrups. This cold coffee drink is a refreshing alternative to hot coffee during warmer weather.
- Espresso con panna – Espresso con panna is a single or double shot of espresso topped with whipped cream. The combination of espresso and the sweetness of whipped cream makes for a strong, dessert-like coffee drink.
- Vienna coffee – Vienna coffee is a delightful treat for coffee lovers. This coffee drink is typically prepared with a double espresso and topped with whisked whipped cream, then dusted with cocoa powder or chocolate shavings.
- Long macchiato - Long macchiato is similar to how a traditional macchiato is prepared but with a double espresso instead of a single shot. This coffee drink is made with double espresso and a small amount of steamed milk on top. A long macchiato is typically a stronger coffee with a small amount of creamy texture.
- Mazagran coffee – Mazagran is an iced coffee drink made by mixing coffee or double espresso, fresh lemon juice, sugar, and ice. This coffee drink is a refreshing alternative to hot coffee during warmer weather.
- Galão coffee – Galão coffee is a popular Portuguese coffee drink made with one part espresso and three parts frothed steamed milk. This hot coffee drink can be enjoyed for breakfast or as an afternoon energy boost.
Black-eye coffee – Black-eye coffee is a combination of regular hot coffee and a double shot of espresso. This coffee drink has a high caffeine content making it popular among coffee drinkers who desire stronger and more intense coffee flavor.
Espresso Romano – Espresso Romano is a single shot of espresso served with a slice of lemon. The slice of lemon softens the bitterness of espresso and can be squeezed into the espresso or eaten between sips.
Guillermo coffee - Guillermo coffee is typically made with two shots of espresso and poured into a glass with two slices of lime. This coffee drink can be served hot or over ice.
Antoccino coffee – Antoccino coffee is a combination of equal parts of espresso and steamed milk. This coffee drink is served hot and has a creamy, strong, and rich taste.