With so many options, it’s no surprise that keeping track of coffee drinks can be difficult; the list seems endless. To make things easier for you, we’ve compiled 15 of the most popular coffee drinks, all of which are simply various combinations of coffee beans, milk, and sugar. Whether you’re ordering at your favorite cafe or seeking to create something new at home, this guide will provide a solid foundation.
Espresso is produced by forcing nearly scalding water through finely-ground coffee beans, resulting in a concentrated, syrupy coffee beverage. This is the basis for many Italian coffee shop beverages. Espresso is much stronger than regular brewed coffee and other varieties of coffee beverages. Espressos are consumed in shots, with a single shot containing one ounce and a long (single and double) shot containing two ounces.
2. Latte/Iced Latte
A latte consists of espresso, steamed milk, and milk froth on top. This beverage is more popular in the United States than other coffee beverages, such as cappuccinos, because it contains less froth, making it gentler for those with sensitive palates. Add flavoring syrup to your espresso if you wish to spice it up. Pour espresso and steamed milk over ice crystals to create the iced version of this beverage.
3. Black Coffee
Black coffee is likely the most popular variety of coffee beverages. Its popularity is largely due to the ease with which this beverage can be prepared, whether by drip, pour-over, French press, or any other method. Coffee is typically served without any additives.
Coffee and chocolate are two of the world’s greatest pleasures. Mochas are espresso-based beverages made with chocolate and whipped cream rather than foam, so each taste combines the best of both worlds. Whether you prefer more coffee or chocolate, your mocha will shine in any coffee establishment, regardless of the ratio.
The Americano is a popular coffee drink that is also simple to prepare. It consists solely of espresso with hot water pouring on top. During World War II, European baristas diluted espresso drinks for American personnel stationed in Europe by adding water. The resulting beverage had a flavor that was softer and less concentrated than espresso, and thus the Americano was born.
Cappuccinos are a classic Italian coffee drink comprised of equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and froth. The name is derived from a similarity to the hoods worn by Capuchin priests. If you already know how to prepare espresso, making cappuccino at home is relatively simple. And if you don’t, you can learn how to prepare it by following Our Guide To Home Espresso.
7. Flat Coffee
If you are unfamiliar with flat whites, they are espresso and steaming milk-based coffee beverages. When espresso and milk are combined to make this coffee, a deliciously velvety and smooth mixture is produced. And the milk’s bubbly nature lends a pleasant touch of sweetness.
8. Cafe au Lait
Cafe au lait is a coffee beverage prepared with espresso and steamed milk. Before the milk is typically added to the coffee, it is typically heated and frothed. Cafe au lait is a popular coffee beverage in France, where it is frequently consumed for breakfast.
A macchiato espresso is an espresso with a splash of milk, as the term “macchiato” means “spotted.” Traditional macchiatos are typically topped with foamed milk rather than steamed milk, as is the case in the majority of coffee establishments. You may also encounter macchiato variations that are similar to lattes.
10. Cold Brew
In order to make cold brew coffee, coarsely ground coffee is steeped in tepid or room-temperature water for at least 12 hours. By using cooler temperatures and extended brewing times, the final product is a type of coffee drink with a smooth concentrate that can be diluted with water or milk, based on personal preference. Some baristas add flavoring syrups to chilled brews to create lighter beverage options.
11. Irish Coffee
Irish coffee is unquestionably among the most popular beverages in Ireland. This hot drink is prepared with coffee, whiskey, and cream, and it is typically served with a sugar cube to balance the bitterness. While there are numerous variations of this coffee drink, all of them are guaranteed to warm you up on a chilly day.
A coffee frappe is a delectable iced drink that has been blended or beaten into a foamy consistency. This form of coffee beverage is typically served cold or frozen, with whipped cream and tasty toppings. You have the option of adding ice before or after whipping the coffee mixture, and you can also add sugar, milk, vanilla extract, and sweet condiments.
13. Vietnamese Coffee
If you want to experiment with a different brewing method, Vietnamese coffee is an excellent choice. Simply add sweetened condensed milk to the bottom of a heat-resistant vessel and cover it with a Vietnamese coffee filter. Pour water that is nearly boiling over the desired quantity of ground coffee. This will result in a creamy and sugary coffee beverage.
This delicacy is more akin to an ice cream sundae than a coffee drink. Instead of pouring hot espresso over ice cream or gelato, the hot espresso slightly dissolves the ice cream, and the melted ice cream cools the beverage. They complement one another flawlessly.
15. Red Eye
Reddish Eye Coffee is favored by coffee consumers due to its distinctive and robust flavor. Adding espresso shots to regular coffee creates this signature coffee beverage that provides the wake-up kick you need in the morning. Red Eyes are ideal for those who enjoy robust coffee but do not wish to consume an entire pot on their own; they also make excellent morning beverages.
Now that you’ve read about all the popular types of coffee beverages, you must be intrigued in preparing some of them at home. And while deciding which form of coffee drink you wish to prepare, you must ensure that you are using the finest coffee beans. You can accomplish this by browsing your neighborhood market or by purchasing coffee online. Our recommendation is that you sample our Bettadakhan Estate blend, a sun-dried Arabica coffee with intense notes of dark chocolate, macadamia nuts, and brown sugar in each sip.