Coffee Drinks Explained


One of the more common questions we get asked relates to the different coffee drinks. It seems to be an ever growing list and, for this exercise, I'll explain the most common types of coffee served and save boring you about brew methods on this post or going into detail on the amount of coffee and liquid used for each type. You might need an espresso to get through that one. 

The espresso is the basis for many coffees so let's start with that.

Espresso – A brew method and coffee that is ground and packed very fine. A small amount of water is added creating a different taste and strength of the coffee.

Cafe Americano-  An espresso drink where hot water is added to espresso creating a coffee similar in strength but different in taste to regular drip coffee.

Cafe Cubano – Originally from Cuba, this coffee drink is an espresso that has demerara sugar added.

Caffe Creama – A long espresso drink primarily served in Switzerland, Austria, and northern Italy beginning in the 1980s.

Cafe Zorro – A double shot of espresso added to water using a 1:1 ratio.

Doppio – A double shot of espresso served in a demitasse cup.

Espresso Romano – A shot of espresso served with a slice of lemon on the side.

Guillermo – Two shots of hot espresso poured over lime slices, sometimes served on ice.

Ristretto – Espresso made with the same amount of coffee but half the amount of water.

Lungo – The opposite of the Ristretto, this drink is made with more water.

Cappuccino – Espresso made with hot milk and steamed milk foam.

Latte - Espresso made with steamed milk in a 1:3 to 1:5 ratio with a little foam.

Flat White - An espresso made similar to a latte only with textured milk.

Macchiato  An espresso made with a small amount of foamed milk, similar to a cappuccino only stronger.

Breve  Espresso served with half milk and half cream

Antoccino – A single shot of espresso served with steamed milk in a 1:1 ratio.

Cafe Bonbon – Popularized in Spain, this drink is an espresso made with sweetened condensed milk.