Different Types of Coffee Drinks

Today, walking into a coffee shop can be incredibly intimidating. This is because so many different drinks are now available, many of which have foreign sounding names. This is why it is important to read up on different drinks, to try them knowing what to expect, and to be smart about one’s tastes and preferences. Soon, with this knowledge, one can replicate their favorite drinks from the coffee shop at home with the help of the right appliances and ingredients. The following includes a short guide to the different types of coffee drinks that can be made in the home or ordered from a coffee shop.

Café au Lait

This is a traditional French drink. The café au lait is made with equal parts of brewed coffee and steamed milk. It is not very rich or strong, so it is well suited for people who want a light and mild coffee drink.


The cappuccino is stronger than the café au lait. This drink includes espresso topped with an equal combination of foamed as well as properly steamed milk.

Cafe Americano

A Café Americano is American drip coffee with an Italian twist. Here, an equal amount of espresso is mixed with boiling water to make a strong cup of coffee.

Cafe Breve

Cafe Breve is made with milk-based espresso. This drink uses half and half instead of milk, which results in a creamier drink.

Cafe con Leche

The Cafe con Leche is made with 1.5 ounces of espresso. Steamed milk is then added to fill an eight-ounce cup.

Cafe con Panna

Cafe con Panna includes espresso that is then topped with a healthy dose of whipped cream. It’s like the ice cream sundae of the espresso world.

Cafe Corretto

The Cafe Corretto is an alcoholic beverage. Here, espresso is included with a shot of brandy, cognac, or a liqueur.

Cafe Doppio

The Cafe Doppio includes a double shot of espresso that is then added to a shot of hot water. This makes for a strong drink.

Cafe Freddo

The Cafe Freddo is a cold beverage. Here, chilled espresso is served in a glass that includes ice or has been iced.

Cafe Latte

The Cafe Latte is made with 1.5. ounces of espresso. The coffee is then placed in a six-ounce cup and filled with steamed milk and topped with foamed milk. The result is a dense drink. Often, syrups are added to give this drink flavor.

Cafe Latte Macchiato

A Cafe Latte Macchiato is basically a glass of hot milk mixed with a teaspoon of espresso.

Cafe Latteccino

This drink includes espresso that is then combined with two parts of steamed milk and another part of foamed milk.

Cafe Mocha

Cafe Mocha is basically a latte with a chocolate component. Here, espresso, chocolate, and steamed milk are combined and then topped with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or powder. This is a rich and sugary drink.

Cafe Ristretto

A Cafe Ristretto includes highly concentrated espresso – 3/4 to one ounce of water for extraction – which makes for a thicker espresso. This makes a strong drink, and it may not be for coffee novices.

Cafe Romano

Cafe Romano involves serving regular espresso with a twist of lemon or with a lemon peel.


Regardless of the official names and recipes for the above drinks, people should really experiment with different flavors. Today, there are many different syrups available for people who want creative and unique coffee drinks. This is the joy of coffee: One can customize it. Knowing the different traditional drinks makes it easy to replicate classics at home or to order them in a coffee shop. However, it doesn’t mean that more milk or espresso can’t be added or that a person can’t try his or her hand at adding caramel or toffee flavored syrup to a Café Latte. The joy of coffee is that people can take it with a lot of milk or can make it stronger by adding more espresso. Knowing one’s preferences makes it easier to order the above drinks, make the recipes, or to play around with the different coffee and espresso components.


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