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8 Popular Espresso Drinks - A Beginner's Guide

Dec 9

Espresso drinks are a specialized coffee drink which contains the possibility of having one or more shots espresso, which are "pulled" out of the espresso machine.

The most sought-after espresso drinks include the Cappuccino, Latte (Caffe Latte), and Mocha (Caffe Mocha), although there are many more, and everyone seems to have their own preferred drink.

We've compiled a list of some of the most loved kinds of espresso drinks. You can choose from classic latte or the elegant macchiato. You can also try the espresso cocktail. Maybe you need to refresh the coffee drinks you drink types...but if you want to make them yourself go to the recipe and learn more! They are part of the Barista Series, where you can learn how to make premium coffee at home. Are you ready to start drinking?


Let's begin by explaining espresso, the main ingredient in every drink listed below. Primarily, Espresso is the process of making coffee. It's a method of making coffee with a tiny amount (or close to boiling) of water and freshly ground coffee under pressure.

In preparation for making coffee, the coffee is ground into a basket for portafilters and then tamped into a flat "puck," and secured into the espresso machine. The machine takes over and provides water at a steady temperature via a mechanical pump. The area above the espresso puck is filled with water. Then, the espresso machine puts out 9 bar of pressure to push water into the coffee.

In essence, the perfect shot of espresso is meant to be consumed by itself. The taste? The flavor? A shot of espresso must not only be strong , but be balanced in flavor appearance beneath the glossy crema.

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 drink made of coffee that contains espresso, steamed milk as well as a layer of foam. It's got 1/3 espresso, 2/3 steamed milk. It also has a one thin layer of foam on top.

One special thing to note about an latte is the kind of foam you want to achieve. You want the milk to get to the point of having a "wet-paint" like texture, which baristas refer to as microfoam. It's not easy to achieve that kind of texture with no steamer, so we'll show you how to create it using various tools at your table.


A Americano is an espresso beverage made with hot coffee and water. It is sometimes referred to as a Caffe Americano. It can be prepared with either one or two shots espresso, and varying ratios of water. The strong espresso roast is reduced to make drip coffee. This may be the source of the name. While it's not certain where the term originated but it is believed to have been created during the 1970s. The coffee's strength is closer than the strength of drip coffees.

Are Americano permitted to drink milk? Never. A true Americano does not include milk like a latte, cappuccino, or macchiato. While you can add milk, it is not the original recipe for this drink.

Espresso Macchiato

Caffe macchiato, also known as espresso macchiato is an espresso shot made of espresso topped with frothed milk. The term "macchiato" refers to "stained" in Italian, meaning that espresso that is dark is stained by the milk foam that is placed on the top. According to certain sources, the macchiato was originally invented as a way of drinking espresso in the afternoon.

The other type of macchiato is a latte macchiato. A latte macchiato consists of steaming milk that has been colored with espresso.


Cappuccino is an espresso beverage which includes steamed milk, milk foam, and espresso. Although it's similar to a cafe latte (cafe-latte) however, the proportion of the steamed milk in a cafe-latte is different. Here's the breakdown for a latte vs cappuccino:

A cappuccino has equal amounts of espresso, steaming milk, and foam ( 1/3 each).

1/3 espresso, 2/3 steamed milk, and a thin layer of foam are the ingredients of the perfect lattes. Here's a chart that breaks it down!

The flavors as well as the distinctions in the beverages are subtle.

Flat White

A flat white is a coffee beverage that includes espresso, steamed milk, and a layer of foam on top. It's like a cappuccino or latte, however it is a bit thinner in foam on top. Modern coffee shops feature small differences between these three drinks of coffee and, often, the lines blur. The main differences between a flat white vs cappuccino and latte

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

Medium frothy Latte with 3/8" of microfoam over the top. Spread the milk out 25-35%.

Cappuccino is frothy but not foamy. It has about 1/2 inch of microfoam on its top. The steamed milk is stretched the longest than the other three, at approximately 30-50%..

Mocha Latte

Mocha, also known as mocha latte is a drink that is made from espresso and steamed milk that is flavored with chocolate syrup. There's many variations on exactly what is a mocha; It's up to the barista! This drink can be made with various levels of espresso shots, a variety of steamed milk, and quantities of chocolate syrup. The mocha gained popularity in the context of Starbucks culture from the 1980s in America.

Red Eye Coffee

Red eye coffee is a coffee drink that mixes drip coffee with two or three shots of espresso. The name could refer to the experience of taking a "red eye flight" an airline flight that's overnight, causing passengers to have tired red eyes.

The number of espresso shots used in this drink can be varied according to the title: Red eye is one shot, while Black Eye is two shots and Dead Eye or the Green Eye has three shots. If you purchase it at a coffeeshop, however you can select "red eye coffee" with the option to specify how many espresso shots would like. Once again, this coffee has drip coffee as well as 1, 2 or 3 espresso shots, depending on the strength you'd like to have.