For most of us coffee-lovers, consuming our daily jolt of coffee at sunrise is what kicks off our day, lifts our spirits, and gets us through our job. And at noon, a coffee break is non-negotiable because it keeps the ball rolling.
Unfortunately, many of us haven’t tried out as many tastes and flavors of coffee as we would like to. So, if find yourself in this group and want to discover better-tasting coffees other than the regular espresso drinks, you’re in the right place. Below, I have compiled a list of the most popular types of coffee you should try out.
You’re not wrong if you run the stakes on espresso as the most popular coffee drink in the world. This is because it serves as the core of other drinks and it can be found in almost every coffee shop. Espresso is a very concentrated, bitter drink made of well-ground, dark coffee beans. Best brewed with an espresso machine, it is served in strongly caffeinated shots with rich brown syrup atop.
Cafè latte, as it is mostly called, is categorized as a drink loaded with milk and sugar. It is usually prepared with about 8-10 ounces of steamed milk and 1cm froth in one espresso shot. It is best paired with cookies, French toast, or some other breakfast delicacies.
Cappuccino is another drink that will keep you going on a tough day! That’s probably why it is translated as Hood in Italy. Similar to Latte, it is prepared with a shot of espresso, steamed milk, and FOAM which gives the drink beauty and a velvety texture.
Turkish Coffee is primarily ‘unfiltered coffee’, and it is made with well-ground coffee beans combined with cold water in a pot called a cezve. It is brewed under low intensity until it becomes frothy. It is one of the best thick-foamed and thoroughly bitter drinks.
Preparing Macchiato isn’t much of a tasking procedure. It’s all about mixing frothed milk with espresso in a 4:1 ratio. And if you’d like to make a Caramel macchiato, you’ll need to add caramel sauce and vanilla to your ingredient list.
An Irish soldier was said to have created this coffee in a bid to help his comrades keep awake while under attack. Nowadays, it is interestingly more of a cocktail coffee. Prepared with Irish whiskey, sugar, cream, and black coffee, Irish coffee is in variations that all have a rich and smooth taste.
Iced Coffee is a good summer drink that offers a refreshing, cool-a-tongue feel. It is prepared with soaked coffee beans (mostly soaked overnight); brewed, and combined with milk, ice, and sugar. Bartenders tend to add cream, vanilla, and chocolate syrup to it for varieties.
If you think ‘Americano’ sounds like Latino, then you’re right! It is said to have originated in Latin America during World War II. The procedure for Caffè Americano involves diluting an extracted espresso with hot water such that the strong bitter taste of the espresso is lessened.
Mochaccino is another self-styled Italian coffee that’s also called ‘Caffè mocha’. This coffee is a mix of chocolate syrup or powder, espresso, and hot milk. It can be topped with milk foam or whipped cream, although not as creamy or foamy as cappuccino because of its chocolate dominance.
This list closes with Frappe, a Greek coffee invented in 1957. It is prepared with a combination of instant coffee and ice water with sugar and milk. It is called frapógalo when it is laden with sweetened or evaporated milk, as opposed to doppio (a drink with two espresso shots).
With this list, you can joyfully, yet carefully skim through the menu list in your favorite café. And if you intend to be your barista, I hope you have an awesome experience getting your hands on these types of coffee. In the meantime, if you enjoy French press coffee, read this post to learn how to make it at home.