Complete Guide To Espresso Drinks

Coffee is a significant part of our day. It wakes us up in the morning, it’s what we drink to combat that afternoon slump, and sometimes it’s even there for when we need a pick-me-up before bedtime. But how much do you know about the coffee you drink? Have you tried every type of coffee out there? In this article, I’m going to give you an introduction to espresso drinks so that the next time someone asks for their usual order at Starbucks; you’ll be able to confidently answer with “grande iced hazelnut macchiato” without hesitation.

The 18 Most Popular Espresso Drinks


An Espresso is a drink made from a single shot of espresso. It is served in an Espresso cup with straight sides and no handle on the top rim (this distinguishes it from other coffee cups). It is the base of many popular coffee drinks.


Doppio is a double shot of espresso. A Doppio is served in a larger Espresso cup and has straight sides with no handle on the top rim. A Doppio is usually served as an after-dinner drink or for people who want to feel more awake when they start their day.


A Cappuccino is one of the more common espresso drinks. It is made from espresso, steamed milk, and foam. It is served in a Cappuccino cup which has straight sides with no handle on the top rim. A cappuccino can be iced or hot depending if it’s summertime or not (or what you prefer), but most people drink them warm during the winter months.


The Latte is a sweet, smooth coffee that you can find on the menu of many cafes. The drink’s name comes from the Italian word for milk (Latte), and it typically includes espresso shots with steamed milk topped off by microfoam to make sure your mouth will not be disappointed after taking one sip into this delicious beverage!


The perfect drink for those who love their chocolate, Mocha, is a hot coffee you don’t want to miss. Made with ⅓ espresso, ⅙ cocoa or chocolate syrup, and the rest of milk foam ¾ cup total), this coffee shop favorite will be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping you caffeinated throughout the day!


Macchiato is the perfect drink for a little pick-me-up. This beverage started as an Italian word meaning “stained.” Still, it became one of Italy’s most famous coffee shop orders, especially among creative people like artists and writers who need to stay active during their workdays. The milk in macchiatos helps moderate the intensity of espresso – making it just sweet enough so you can keep your head up all day long!


The Americano is one of the most popular drinks in America, and it has its origins during World War 2. You’ll want to make sure you know how much water to add when making an espresso shot because the amount varies depending on your taste preference for coffee strength.


The Ristretto is a short coffee shot made using half the water but with the same amount of coffee. Due to it being pulled in first part extraction, this concentrated espresso has more flavor than regular shots.


Lungos are made using the same amount of coffee but doubling the time to pull it so that the finished product will be larger and have an even weaker taste. It’s not as satisfying for those seeking their caffeine fix because they don’t get enough bang in one shot; instead, there is just more distance on content with each sip you take.


A frappe is a coffee-based drink with ice and milk foam made from powdered instant coffee or espresso. Not only does the cold motion of blending create an icy, slushy texture that feels great in your mouth on humid days, but it also makes for a refreshing taste sensation when you’re craving something sweet!


(Caffè Marocchino) is a coffee drink created in Alessandria, Italy. It’s served in a small glass and consists of espresso (sometimes with ristretto), cocoa powder, and milk froth. Thick hot chocolate can be substituted for the traditional recipe as well if you’re looking to make your version more decadent! The name “Marocchino” comes from its color–as marroccinos were light brown leathers used during the 1930s.


Created initially as an American version of a latte, the breve is now known for being short and concise. The name comes from its abbreviation: “brev.” This coffee drink is made using espresso with half milk or cream – depending on your preference.

Some people believe that this beverage was first introduced at Starbucks in 2009; others argue it has been around since 2004 when Seattle’s Best Coffee began offering them to customers during breakfast hours only. Regardless of accuracy, one thing remains true about these drinks: they are loved by many!

Vienna Coffee

Vienna Coffee is a delicious, creamy coffee that doesn’t need sugar or milk. To make it, you add two espresso shots and mix in whipped cream until the cup is full; then top with chocolate sprinkles if desired!

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Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee is a drink that consists of coffee mixed with whiskey, sugar, and cream. The recipe for this tasty concoction was first made in the 1940s by Joe Sheridan at Foynes Airport near Limerick on an international flight from New York to Shannon Ireland, when he ran out of wine due to Prohibition laws.

Corretto Coffee

Caffè corretto (Italian for “corrected coffee”) is an espresso shot with a small amount of liquor, usually grappa and sambuca or brandy. It can be ordered as un caffè corretto alla grappa, [the name changes depending on the desired liquor], and it’s commonly known outside Italy as an ‘espresso corrected.’ The common Italian bartender prepares this by adding few drops into the espresso shot; however, in some cases, they serve them together in one glass.

Things To Know Before Brewing Your First Espresso.

Espresso is an Italian word meaning to force something out. In this case, it’s referring to the hot water being forced through coffee grounds quickly enough that bubbles form on top of the mixture and then pop in a frothy foam before there are any other signs of chemical change or even noticeable heat evolution within its confines.

“The quality of your espresso is right there on top, in the crema.”

Crema: how do you know if it’s any good? The color and consistency should tell a lot about what kind of taste to expect. Crema has a thick airy layer that looks like dark brown foam with an amber hue when held up against the light.

A little-known fact about espressos: they’re so named because their rate at which boiling occurs forces more surface area into contact with steam than when brewing slower methods as drip coffees do; as such, these brews have higher concentrations of aromatic oils per volume for significantly stronger flavors!

In Italy, milk-based coffee drinks such as cappuccinos are reserved for the mornings only. Espresso, on the other hand, can be drunk any time of the day! 

Espresso is meant to be enjoyed in a quick and tidy fashion. The crema, which tops the drink as it’s served, acts like a lid that helps maintain all of its aromas for much longer than if you drank your espresso with no lids on at all!

A cup brewed with this type of machine has more caffeine than your average 8-ounce serving size because you’re getting an extra dose due to the high levels in liquid released during boiling as well as when steam forces water through finely-ground beans at around 9 atmospheres (or 1 bar) of pressure.

Espresso is not a coffee bean or roast; but instead, it’s the extraction method. Espresso brewing relies on pressure to brew its product – making espresso unique from other types of drinks like drip coffees and French Presses that rely on time for their flavor profiles.

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