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Seemingly Endless Types of Coffee Drinks!

So Many Different Types of Coffee.. So Many Ways to Make It (Or Order It)!

Love coffee and want to try something new? From Turkish Coffee to Dalgona and beyond, there are plenty of ways to add variety to your daily caffeine routine with different types of coffee.

We’re bringing you a basic list of some of the most popular coffee drinks from around the world. So get ready for some eye-opening (and palate-pleasing!) inspiration. No matter if you prefer hot or cold, milky or black – this list has got everyone’s favorite caffeinated beverages covered and is just the start!

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Espresso – Milk Added

Coffee – But Not Espresso

Sweeter Coffee Drinks

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Cafe au Lait, what's cafe au lait, how to make cafe au lait

Cafe au Lait

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Cafe Breve, What's a Breve, what's in a cafe breve

Cafe Breve

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Cafe Mocha Recipes

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What is a flat white? How to make a flat white, flat white coffee, what's in a flat white

Flat White

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Cafe Cubano, Cuban coffee, what's a Cuban coffee, how to make Cafe Cubano

Cafe Cubano

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Cafe Americano, Americano, how to make an Americano coffee, what's an Americano coffee


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Macchiato, Macchiato coffee, espresso with milk


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Dalgona Coffee, Whipped Coffee, how to make Dalgona coffee

Dalgona Coffee

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Short Black

Espresso only. A shot of fresh espresso with no additional water added.


Long Black

Espresso and hot water in a 1:2 ratio. The espresso is added last to preserve the crema.



The same as the Long Black, but the water is added to the espresso, thereby reducing or removing the crema.



A slightly more bitter espresso made with 3-4 times as much water during the brewing process with a much longer pull (60 seconds compared to 18-30 seconds for regular espresso).

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Espresso Coffee Drinks – Milk Added


Espresso, steamed milk, and foam in a 1:1:1 ratio. However, some cappuccinos have more milk foam to fill the wide-mouthed cup and add to the enjoyment of the beverage. The wider cup accommodates drinking the coffee through the foamy goodness.

Dry Cappuccino

A cappuccino that leaves out the steamed milk (espresso and milk foam).

Caffè Latte

The Caffè Latte (aka Latte in the US) is made with 1/3 of espresso and 2/3 of steamed milk (although some recipes take the ratio from 1:2 to 1:4 or even 1:8) . Coffee comes first, followed by the milk, and then a little bit of foam tops it all off, adding another layer of richness. Lattes can also be flavored, like the Mocha Latte with chocolate.


Starbucks is responsible for mainstreaming the Macchiato because of its famous Caramel Macchiato. However, that’s more of a Latte Macchiato (see next). A traditional Macchiato is an espresso with just a dollop of foam.

Latte Macchiato

When you combine a Caffè Latte with a Macchiato, you get the Latte Macchiato. It’s prepared in reverse from the Caffè Latte with the milk in the bottom and topped with espresso. But it also contains more milk than the traditional Macchiato.


A Cortado is from Spain and is equal parts of espresso and steamed milk that’s smoother and less frothy. It’s similar to a Macchiato but with more milk.

Flat White

A Flat White is similar to a Cortado but with a 1:2 coffee-to-milk ratio and with ristretto instead of espresso. Additionally, the foam on top is smoother and with fewer bubbles instead of frothy. Using microform instead of steamed milk creates a thicker, richer espresso-type drink.

Café Crème

A Café Crème tastes like it’s made with cream. However, the French typically stick to whole milk. So, this delicious creation is made with espresso and warm, foamy whole milk (instead of steamed milk).

Caffe Breve

An American invention, the Caffe Breve is creamy like a Café Crème but is espresso combined with steamed half and half instead of milk.

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Coffee, But Not Necessarily Espresso-Based

The following drinks can be made with espresso but are typically prepared with regular coffee (drip, pour-over, stovetop, etc.).

Café au Lait

The name is French for coffee with milk. But, instead of the American way of drinking coffee by adding cold milk or cream, the milk is hot. The coffee can be dark roast or espresso. In France, Café au Lait is sometimes served in unique bowls.

Pour-Over Coffee

A Pour-Over is a coffee made by manually pouring near-boiling water through a filter with coffee grounds. The slower the pour, the more developed the coffee. There are various types of Pour-Over coffee-making systems, but a filter and cup are all you really need to get the job done.

Drip Coffee

A term for coffee made with an electric drip coffee maker (invented in the 20th century). The coffee maker heats and pressurizes water to siphon it up and through the coffee grounds held in a filter-lined container.

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A Touch of Coffee Sweetness

Sometimes, just a bit of sweetened condensed milk or a touch of whipped cream is enough to take coffee drinks to a whole new level.

Vienna Coffee

Viennese Coffee is typically served in a glass mug. But the contents are the real star, as it’s espresso with whipped cream and just a light sprinkling of cocoa powder.


The Cortadito is a sweeter Cuban twist on a Cortado. It’s made with presweetened espresso, sweetened condensed milk, or evaporated milk.

Café Cubano

Another Cuban beverage, the Café Cubano is espresso without milk but topped with a sweet froth (espuma).

Dalgona Coffee

A Dalgona Coffee is a whipped coffee drink that starts with a layer of milk. The milk is topped with a whipped mixture of espresso powder, sugar, and water.


The Affogato is more of a dessert but is super simple to make. It’s a shot of espresso poured over a scoop of vanilla ice cream or vanilla gelato.

Cafe Mocha

A Cafe Mocha is similar to a Latte but is made with four layers – espresso, hot chocolate, steamed milk, and whipped cream.

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Solo or Doppio

A Solo is a single shot of espresso, while a Doppio is a double shot. They’re typically served in a shot glass or a demitasse cup.



The Ristretto is the opposite of the Lungo. It’s a short shot of espresso, using the same amount of coffee, but with a finer grind and half as much water.


Café Noisette

An espresso with just a bit of hot milk. Noisette translates to hazelnut, which represents the color of this drink.

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