With so many coffee drink options out in the world, it can be overwhelming both from a coffee shop and an ordering standpoint. Which drinks have espresso in them? Which ones need foam? What is an americano or macchiato? All these questions and more will be answered with this helpful guide to 15 of the most common types of coffee drinks you can find at your local coffee shop.
Hot Coffee Drinks
Lattes are one of the most recognizable coffee drinks on a café menu. Composed of a shot of espresso, steamed milk and topped with a touch of milk foam, they can be easily customized with flavor syrups, sweeteners and different types of milk–including plant-based options.
Made up of a shot of espresso and hot water, americanos offer a bold and tasty way to enjoy this highly-caffeinated brew. These drinks can also be customized with sweeteners, milk and flavorings.
Another recognizable menu item, cappuccinos are similar to lattes in that they both are made up of steamed milk and a shot of espresso. However, cappuccinos have more foam and are traditionally served with a sprinkling of cinnamon on top. They’re also usually served in specific cups that are round and stout.
Sometimes referred to as a latte macchiato, this concoction is made with milk foam and a shot of espresso, which is usually poured over top of the foam. This makes for a light, creamy way to enjoy espresso.
The perfect blend of coffee and chocolate, a mocha mixes chocolate syrup or beverage mix with espresso, steamed milk and topped with foam. Just like many of the drinks on this list, a mocha can also be customized to suit particular tastes.
For espresso lovers, flat whites are a great choice! A double-shot of espresso mixed with lightly steamed milk, this simple and delicious drink gives a punch of caffeine and bold coffee flavor mixed with creamy milk to balance out the palate.
Café au Lait
One of the most simple hot beverages on this list, café au lait is simply coffee with milk. Utilizing a dark roast coffee–not espresso–this drink is topped with warmed, steamed milk and is typically served in a large cup. The coffee can be brewed in a French press for a unique flavor profile.
A doppio is simply a double-shot of espresso and nothing more. It’s a real eye-opener.
For those who want to stay awake, choose a red eye! Combining a shot of espresso with coffee adds a pep in your step morning, noon or night. The espresso shot provides an extra boost of caffeine to a simple coffee.
This simple drink consists of an equal shot of espresso and steamed milk.
Chilled coffee mixed with milk and sweetener provides a wonderful cold alternative to a regular cup of coffee. Iced coffee is also highly customizable to suit anyone’s preference and taste.
Cold brew isn’t quite like an iced coffee, as the brewing process is much different. Cold brew is made by brewing coffee beans for an extended period of time without using boiling water–hence the “cold” in cold brew. After brewing, you can pour it over ice and add milk, sweetener, flavor syrups or other modifications.
Frappes, or frappuccinos, are blended coffee drinks incorporating ice, coffee and milk. Mix in any kind of syrup or flavor and top with whipped cream to make a refreshing treat any time of day.
Nitro coffee or nitro cold brew refers to a particular dispensing process, wherein cold brew is drawn from a nitrogen tap to aerate the beverage. The result is a draft-like coffee that adds a frothiness to the texture.