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8 Popular Espresso Drinks - A Beginner's Guide

Dec 7

Espresso drinks are a specialized coffee drink, which includes at least one shot of espresso that is "pulled" from the espresso machine.

The most popular espresso drinks are Cappuccino (Caffe Latte), Mocha (Caffe Mocha), but there are many others and everyone seems to have a personal preferred.

Here's a list of the most popular espresso drinks that we've put together for you. You can choose from traditional latte or the exquisite macchiato. You can also try an espresso cocktail. You may be in need of a refresher about coffee drink types. If you're planning to make these at home You can follow the recipe to learn more. These recipes are part of our Barista Series where we teach the art of making coffeehouse-style drinks at home. Are you ready to begin drinking?


Let's begin by discussing espresso, the main ingredient in all drinks below. The first and most important thing to understand is that Espresso is a coffee brewing method. It's a method of making coffee with a tiny amount (or near boiling) of water and finely ground coffee under pressure.

In preparation for making coffee, the coffee is ground into a portafilter basket that is then tamped down to form the shape of a flat "puck," and secured in the espresso maker. When the machine is engaged with water, it is delivered at a very stable temperature via a pump. The space above the flat coffee puck fills with water and the espresso machine exerts nine bar of pressure to force water through the coffee.

An espresso shot that is perfectly balanced is something to take a sip. How is the taste? Yes, it is strong. The ratio of coffee 1:2 to water is considerably less dilute than a typical cup of filter coffee (closer to 1:15 ratio). A shot of espresso must not only be strong , but also have a well-balanced flavor of the crema underneath.

Espresso is served in small cups named demitasses, which holds around 2 -3 fluid ounces, the volume of a double, or a triple espresso shot. The best espresso cups are made from porcelain, or double wall tempered glass.


A latte can be described as a coffee drink with espresso, steamed and steamed milk, as well as a layer of foam over it. It's got 1/3 espresso, 2/3 steamed milk. It also has a a thin layer of foam over it.

A unique thing to consider about Lattes is the type of foam you want to achieve. You want the milk to be able to create an almost "wet-paint" like texture which baristas call microfoam. It can be tricky to achieve that look with no steamer, so we'll show you how you can simulate it using the various tools you might have on your desk.


A Americano is an espresso drink made using hot espresso and water, also known as a Caffe Americano. It is made with one or two shots espresso, as well as different proportions of water. A slight diluting of the espresso's strong dark roast makes it more similar to a drip coffee: this could be the place where the name originated! While it's not entirely clear where the term originated however, it is believed to have been invented during the 1970s. The strength of the coffee is comparable to that of American-style drip coffees.

Can an Americano permitted to consume milk? Never. A true Americano does not include milk like a latte, cappuccino, or macchiato. It is possible to add milk if you want, but then it's not the authentic version of this drink.

Espresso Macchiato

A caffe macchiato or espresso macchiato drink is a shot of espresso topped with frothed milk. Italian meaning "stained" macchiato refers to "stained". This is in reference to the foam of milk that is added to the espresso. Some sources say the macchiato originated as a method of drinking espresso until the end of the day.

A latte macchiato, on the other hand is macchiato. A latte macchiato consists of steaming milk stained with espresso.


Cappuccino is an espresso drink made up of steamed milk, milk foam and espresso. It's very similar to cappuccino and a latte (cafe latte) however the amount of steamed milk differs. Here's a comparison of one of the cappuccinos and a latte.

Cappuccino is made with equal amounts of espresso, steamed milk, as well as foam ( 1/3 each).

1/3 espresso, 2/3 steamed milk, and a thin layer of foam comprise the components of the milkshake. This chart can aid you in understanding it!

The differences between these drinks are fairly subtle, and so is the taste.

Flat White

Flat whites are drinks made of coffee that include espresso, steaming milk as well as a layer of foam. It's similar to cappuccino and latte, but it has a thinner layer over the top. Modern coffee shops feature tiny differences between the three drinks of coffee in which the lines blur. The main distinctions between flat white and latte include:

Flat White is the least frothy, with about 1/4 inch microfoam at the top. The steamed milk may be stretched between 20 to 25 percent.

Latte is medium-frothy with about 3/8 inch of microfoam on top. Stretch the steamed milk 25-35 percent.

Cappuccino is not frothy, but it is foamy. It's got around 1/2 inch of foam at the its top. The milk that is steamed, which is between 30-50 percent, is by far the most stretched of all three.

Mocha Latte

A mocha or mocha latte drink is made with espresso and steamed milk that is flavoring with chocolate syrup. Baristas can create a variety of variations on the definition of mocha. Mochas can be created with various levels of espresso shots as well as quantities of steamed milk, and quantities of chocolate syrup. The popularity of mochas grew through Starbucks culture beginning in the 1980s in America.

Red Eye Coffee

Red eye coffee is a mix of drip coffee with one or two shots espresso. The name is likely to refer to experiencing a "red eye flight," an airline flight that's overnight, causing the passengers to feel tired and tired eyes.

There are a few variations on the name of this drink that refer to the amount of espresso shots. For example, red eye is 1 shot Black eye is two shots and dead eye or green eye is three shots. But if you're ordering at an espresso bar, you'll be able to order"red eye" or "red eye coffee" and specify the amount of espresso shots you'd like. This coffee includes: drip coffee, 1 to 3 espresso shots, depending upon the desired strength.