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8 Popular Espresso Drinks - A Beginner's Guide

Dec 17

Espresso drinks are a special coffee drink that contains the possibility of having one or more shots espresso which are "pulled" from the espresso machine.

The most loved espresso drinks are the Cappuccino, Latte (Caffe Latte), and Mocha (Caffe Mocha), however there are many others, and everyone seems to have their own preferred drink.

We've put together a list of some of the most popular kinds of espresso drinks. There's everything from the good old latte to the sophisticated macchiato and an espresso drink mixed in. You may need to refresh your knowledge about the different types of coffee drinks. If you're trying to make these yourself, you can click the recipe below to learn more. They are part of the Barista Series, where you will learn to make top-quality coffee at home. Are you ready for a drink?


As the main ingredient for the drinks listed below, let's start by definining espresso. Espresso is the process of making coffee. This is a method of making coffee with a tiny amount (or close to boiling) of water as well as finely ground coffee under pressure.

Coffee is ground into small particles and made into"puck "puck" prior to being placed inside the espresso machine. The machine is engaged and releases water at a very stable temperature using a mechanical pump. The space that is above the flat espresso puck will be filled with water. Then, the espresso machine uses 9 bars of pressure to push water through the coffee.

At its heart, an exquisitely balanced shot espresso is meant to be consumed alone. The flavor? Strong, of course--the ratio of 1:1 coffee to water is significantly less diluted than a standard cup filter coffee (closer to 1:15 ratio). Besides being strong the espresso shot will have a distinct and balanced flavor profile beneath the shiny crema top.

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 made with steaming milk, espresso and an ice cream layer over it. It contains 1/3 espresso and 2/3 steamed milk. It also has a one thin layer of foam over the top.

A latte needs to have a specific type of foam. You want the milk to reach the point of having a "wet-paint" kind of texture, which baristas refer to as microfoam. It can be tricky to achieve that look without a steamer, but we'll show you how to simulate it using the various tools you might have on your desk.


An Americano Also known as Caffe Americano, also known as Caffe Americano, is an espresso drink made with hot coffee and water. The drink is made with either two or one shot of espresso, and varying ratios of water. Making the espresso's dark and strong roast can bring the flavor closer to drip coffee which might be the reason for the name! The precise origin of the term is unclear however it is believed to have come into existence in the 1970's. The strength of the coffee is comparable to the characteristics of drip coffees.

Does an Americano include milk? Never. A true Americano does not include milk like a latte, cappuccino, or macchiato. Although you can add milk, it is not the original form of this drink.

Espresso Macchiato

Caffe macchiato, also known as espresso macchiato is a shot espresso that is topped with frothed milk. The word "macchiato" is the word that means "stained" in Italian, meaning that the espresso's dark color is colored by the milk foam on top. Some sources claim that the macchiato was designed as a way to drink espresso until the end of the day.

The other kind of macchiato is known as a latte macchiato. A latte macchiato consists of steaming milk that is colored with espresso.


A cappuccino, also known as an espresso drink, is made with steamed milk, foam from the milk, and espresso. Although it's similar to a cafe latte (cafe-latte) the ratio of steaming milk in a cafe-latte is different. Here's the comparison between a cappuccino and a latte.

Cappuccino is prepared using equal amounts of espresso, steamed milk, and foam ( 1/3 each).

A latte is 1/3 espresso and 2/3 steamed milk, and then a layer of foam over it. Here's a chart to break it down!

The flavors as well as the different tastes of the drinks are subtle.

Flat White

A flat white is a drink made with espresso, steam milk and a layer of foam over it. It's similar to cappuccino and latte, but has a thinner layer of foam on top. Modern coffee shops feature small differences between these three drinks of coffee and, often, the lines are blurred. The main distinctions between flat white and latte are:

Flat White has a 1/4 inch of microfoam on its top. The steamed milk is stretched between 20 and 25 percent.

The latte is medium-frothy with 3/8-inch of microfoam on top. The milk is stretched 25 to 35 percent.

Cappuccino is frothy but not foamy. It has about 1/2 inch microfoam at top. The milk that has been steamed is stretched the longest of all three, with about 30-50%.

Mocha Latte

Mocha, also known as mocha latte also known as mocha, is a mocha-like drink that uses espresso and steamed milk. It is usually flavoured with chocolate syrup. There's many variations regarding what constitutes a "mocha": it's entirely up to the barista! This drink can be made by combining different levels of espresso shots, amounts of steamed milk, and amounts of chocolate syrup. Starbucks culture has seen the mocha gain popularity since the 1980s.

Red Eye Coffee

The coffee known as red eye is a combination of drip coffee and one or two shots espresso. This name is likely to be used to describe a flight known as "red eye," which is an overnight flight with an airline that causes passengers to have tired eyes.

There are a few variations on the names of this drink which relate to the number of espresso shots. For example, red eye is 1 shot, black eye is 2 shots, and dead eye or green eye, is 3 shots. If you purchase it at a coffeeshop, however you can select "red eye coffee" with the option to specify how many espresso shots you would like to have. The coffee includes drip coffee, 1 to 3 espresso shots, based on the desired strength.