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The Most Popular Espresso Drinks - A Beginner's Guide

Dec 20

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

The most sought-after espresso drinks are the Cappuccino, Latte (Caffe Latte) and Mocha (Caffe Mocha), although there are many more and each has their own favorite.

Here's a list of the most popular espresso drinks we've compiled for you. There are a variety of options to choose from, such as the traditional latte or the exquisite macchiato, or even an espresso drink. It's possible that you require a refresher about different coffee drink varieties. If you're trying to make these drinks at home then click on the recipe to learn more. These are part of the Barista Series, where you will learn to make top-quality coffee at home. Are you ready to start drinking?


Let's start by introducing espresso, the principal ingredient in every drink listed below. First and foremost, Espresso is the method of brewing coffee. It's a method of making coffee by allowing a small amount of near boiling water is pushed through finely ground coffee, under pressure.

In preparation for espresso, coffee is ground into a portafilter container which is then tamped to form the shape of a flat "puck," and secured into the espresso machine. When the machine is engaged and delivering water, it does so at a very stable temperature via a pump. The space that is above the flat coffee puck fills with water. Then, the espresso machine exerts 9 bar of pressure to force water through the coffee.

At its heart, an incredibly balanced shot of espresso is meant to be consumed in a single sip. The flavor? Yes, it is strong. The ratio of coffee 1:2 to water is significantly less discolored than a typical cup of filter coffee (closer to the 1:15 ratio). Apart from being powerful, a shot of espresso should have a complex 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. However, double wall tempered glass is a great alternative, that gains more and more popularity.


Cappuccino is an espresso drink that includes milk foam that has been steamed, milk, and espresso. Although it's similar to a caffe-latte (cafe-latte), the ratio of steaming milk in a cafe-latte is different. Here's the breakdown of a cappuccino and latte

A cappuccino has equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and foam ( 1/3 each).

A latte is made up of 1/3 espresso and 2/3 steaming milk, and a thin layer of foam on top. This chart can make it easier to understand!

The distinctions between the two drinks are quite subtle, and so is the taste.

According to the Istituto Nazionale Espresso Italiano, the institution that regulates espresso, the ideal cappuccino cup has an elliptical bottom, with thick walls and is made of porcelain. The bottom of the cup is made of thicker material to improve heat retention. The traditional color of the cup is bright white for aesthetic reasons.


A latte can be described as a cup of coffee consisting of espresso, steamed milk, and a layer foam. The latte is made up of 1/3 espresso and 1/3 steamed milk. Also, there's the thin layer of foam that is on the top.

A latte must have an exact type of foam. It is important for the milk to reach an almost "wet-paint" kind of texture, which baristas refers to as microfoam. It can be tricky to get to that texture without a steamer, but we'll show you how to simulate it using the various tools that you have on your table.

Latte is served in wide cups, which give the barista more space to create the latte art. The wide cup also mitigates the issue with the foamed milk, which is not desirable when creating latte art. The best latte cups for home baristas are made from thick porcelain, or double walled borosilicate glass.

Flat White

Flat whites are coffee drinks which include espresso, steaming milk and a layer foam. It's like a cappuccino or latte, however it is a bit thinner in foam over it. Modern coffee shops have very little distinctions between these three drinks of coffee and, often, the lines blur. Generally, the major differences between a flat white and cappuccino and latte

Flat White has a 1/4 inch of microfoam at its top. The milk that is steamed is stretched 20-25percent.

Medium frothy Latte with 3/8 inch of microfoam on top. The milk that is steamed is stretched 25-35%.

Cappuccino is creamy but not foamy. It's got around 1/2 inch of microfoam in the top. The steamed milk that is 30 to 50 percent, is the most stretched of the three.


An Americano Also known as Caffe Americano, also known as Caffe Americano, is an espresso drink that uses hot water and espresso. It can be prepared with either one or two shots of espresso and various ratios of water. The roast's strength is reduced to make drip coffee. This could be the reason for the name. While it's not certain which country the name originated from, it is believed to have originated during the 1970s. The strength of the coffee is more similar than the strength of drip coffees.

Does an Americano contain milk? Never. A true Americano does not include milk like a latte, cappuccino, or macchiato. You can add milk if you like however, it's still not the original form of the drink.

Espresso Macchiato

A caffe macchiato or espresso macchiato is an espresso shot made of espresso that is topped with frothed milk. Italian for "stained" macchiato refers to "stained". This refers to the milk foam added to the espresso. According to certain sources, the macchiato was created as a way to drink espresso during the afternoon.

A latte macchiato, in contrast is macchiato. A latte macchiato consists of steaming milk colored with espresso.

Mocha Latte

Mocha, also known as mocha latte is a drink that is made from espresso and steamed milk that is flavoured by chocolate syrup. Baristas can create a variety of variants of what constitutes mocha. The drink can be made using different espresso shots, different quantities of steamed milk as well as different amounts of chocolate syrup. The popularity of mochas grew with Starbucks culture starting in the 1980s in America.

Red Eye Coffee

Red eye coffee is a drink that combines drip coffee and one or two shots of espresso. The name could refer to taking the "red eye flight," an airline flight that's over night, causing passengers to experience tired red eyes.

There are several variations on the title of this drink that are referring to the number of espresso shots. Red eye is one shot Black eye is two shots and dead eye or green eye is 3 shots. However, if you're dining at a coffeeshop, you should be able to order"red eye" or "red eye coffee" and indicate the number of espresso shots that you'd prefer. Again, this coffee has drip coffee and 1, 2 or 3 espresso shots, depending on the strength you'd like to have.