Coffee Drinks 101: Most Common Types of Coffee Based Drinks

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Recently the coffee culture has primarily changed with the emergence of different types of coffee. If you are a frequent visitor of coffee houses or coffee shops, you must be familiar with various kinds of coffee drinks and coffee beans. Recently the cafes offer a wide variety of coffee drinks, that it is difficult for the customers to point out the differences. Here we will try to help you with different kinds of coffee drinks and how they are prepared. So, let’s begin

Espresso

Espresso

The most famous and foundation of almost all kinds of coffee drinks. It is a kind of highly concentrated bitter & sweet sort of coffee that originated from Italy. The taste of espresso coffee depends mainly on the roasting, grinding quality, and brew technique. When you get a heavy coffee body with a rich formation with a bitter & sweet taste, that means it’s perfectly made.

Each cup of espresso coffee needs to have a creamy layer on the top, usually golden to dark brown.

Generally, espresso coffees are made with espresso, steamed milk, and froth. Then it is topped differently as per customers preference.

One shot of espresso is used to make two to four ounces of coffee.

Almond can be paired best with it, but one can be experimental by pairing it with cherry and chocolate. Full-flavored biscotti is a fantastic combination with espresso.

Macchiato

Macchiato

The word ‘macchiato’ means a kind of mark or stain. This mark here indicates the color of steamed milk found on the top of espresso when it is transformed into the form of a drink. Macchiato is served with added flavor according to consumers’ choice.

One to two teaspoons of steamed milk needs to be added with one espresso shot for preparing three-ounce glasses of macchiato.

It goes the best with choco-chips, walnut, and fig muffins, or carrot and blueberry muffins.

Café-Latte

Café-Latte

This one is probably one of the most loved coffee drinks. Café latte is similar to usual coffee styles as acidity and bitterness are removed by adding lots of milk and sugar. Sometimes flavoring liquids are added as per customer preference to make the coffee drink sweet. It is one of the most popular kinds of coffee worldwide and became famous with Starbucks’ help.

For preparing a 14-ounce café latte, one shot of espresso is combined with eight to ten ounces of steamed milk and one cm. froth.

Café latte goes best while paired with classic French toasts, butter croissant, oatmeal cookies, eggs & ham, and Belgian waffles.

Cappuccino

Cappuccino

It is a creamy coffee drink loved and preferred by the natives of America and Italy. It is usually consumed with breakfast. It is prepared with espresso coffee powder, hot milk and topped with thick foam.

For making a mug of cappuccino (six to eight ounces), one to two espresso portions is combined with two ounces of steamed milk and two ounces of froth milk. Sometimes cocoa powder can be sprinkled from the top.

As it is usually drunk with breakfast, therefore, almonds, spinach, and chia seeds are the best to eat with the cappuccino.

Flat White

Flat White

One of the most common coffee drinks from ANZ. This coffee-based drink comes from New Zealand and Australia and has some similarities with the cappuccino. But the difference between them is the Flat White doesn’t have such a thick froth milk layer; instead, it is creamy. The chocolate topping is also missed out from it. The lower portion of the steamed milk is used to prepare it for making it creamy.

One-shot espresso and four ounces of steamed milk are mixed to prepare six-ounce Flat White coffee.

Flat White goes best with cream-filled croissants, grilled cheese sandwiches, and cookies.

Americano

Americano

In maximum cases, espresso-based drinks are made with milk; but Americano is not. For preparing this coffee drink, espresso is diluted in hot water and then used. There is a belief that World War II soldiers used to drink coffee without milk to extend their rations, and it was the origin of Americano. It contains a good amount of caffeine and one of the most strong coffee drinks.

The espresso and hot water are mixed into a 1:3 ratio to prepare a mug of Americano (5-6oz.).

One can eat coffee cake, donut, bacon, scrambled eggs, crepes, and grilled cheese with Americano to enjoy it at its best.

Café Mocha

Café Mocha

This is a variation of café latte explored by American people. It is basically an espresso-based coffee prepared with hot milk and chocolate and a combination of coffee and hot chocolate. The chocolate syrup and powder added to it makes it a rich and creamy one. It also helps to reduce the acidity of the espresso.

Preparing a six to eight ounces Café Mocha, one shot of espresso, one to two ounces of chocolate syrup & powder, one to three ounces steamed milk, and two to three cm. froth or beaten cream are mixed well.

Classic French Toast, salted caramel, pecans, and berry mascarpone can be paired with Café Mocha.

Turkish Coffee

Turkish Coffee

Turkish coffee offers a taste, texture, and aroma that is different than other types of coffees. The making and presentation of this coffee represent the Turkish culture and heritage. This coffee is prepared in a small copper pan, and a finely grounded powdered coffee is used with filtered water and sugar.

For preparing a cup of Turkish coffee, one portion of coffee powder is mixed with three parts of water. If someone prefers to add sugar, then they can include it as per their taste.

Turkish coffee can be paired with bread and cheese. Some people also consumed it with fruits like grapes and berries.

Frappuccino

Frappuccino

It is a cold version of coffee and one of the most demanded drinks at Starbucks. This drink is prepared with espresso, whole milk, sugar, and ice and presented with a thick layer of cream at the top.

Making a 14ounce Frappuccino Espresso coffee, ice, milk & sugar is added into a 2:4:4 ratio with a thick creamy layer at the top.

The drink goes best with walnut brownie and vanilla ice-cream.

Cortado

Cortado

This drink is preferred by the people of Spain, Portugal, and Latin America. Cortado is mainly consumed as an afternoon drink. It is made by combining milk and espresso. The milk added is not as hot as used in the macchiato, and the milk’s consistency is similar to the milk used to prepare the latte.

For preparing a five-ounce cup of Cortado, one portion of espresso needs to combine with one-ounce milk and one cm. froth.

You can consume it with croissants, grilled fish, and some berries.

Conclusion

Here we have provided detail about different kinds of coffee drinks, how you can prepare them, and the perfect ratio to prepare a perfect cup. Order your favorite type or make it at home and pair it with proper dishes and enjoy coffee-based drinks at their best.


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