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9 Different Types of Coffee Drinks Explained

How to Make Different Coffee Drinks

We all know there are lots of different types of coffee types and flavors. But what are they? How are they made? After working in a local coffee shop for the last three years, I feel confident in sharing the most popular types of coffee with you.

What is the most popular coffee drink? The most popular coffee drink is the latte. It is a coffee with steamed milk and a small amount of foam on top. The milk is heated and then frothed to create the foam. The espresso is poured into a cup and the milk is poured on top. This popular drink will be included in our top nine!

What many coffee lovers don’t know is that lattes are milk-based coffee drinks and other coffee types don’t include milk. In this article, we will explore nine different coffee drinks, from the latte to the iced Americano.

9 Popular Coffee Drinks

Let’s start with the basics – coffee. Coffee is made by hot water being poured over roasted, ground coffee beans. The mixture is then filtered, giving you that delicious cup of black gold we all know and love!

There are variations of this drink of course, such as adding cream or sugar, but for the most part, it’s a simple beverage anyone can make at home. Here are the nine different types of coffee drinks we will explore:

Iced Coffee

The first type of coffee we will explore is iced coffee. Iced coffee is made by brewing hot coffee and then pouring it over ice. This coffee drink can be made with any type of coffee, including espresso.

A lot of people enjoy iced coffee with cream or sugar, but it is just as good without.

Iced Americano

The iced Americano is a simple drink that is made by brewing espresso and then pouring it over ice. This coffee drink is perfect for those who love the flavor of espresso but don’t like milk or want a stronger coffee flavor.

Cafe Latte

As I mentioned earlier, the cafe latte is one of the most popular coffee drinks. It is made by combining espresso with steamed milk and foam.

The milk is heated and then frothed to create the foam. It’s popular because it’s easy to drink, delicious, and creamy.


A cappuccino is a coffee drink made by combining espresso with milk and foam. The milk is heated and then frothed to create the foam, then the espresso is poured into a cup. Coffee lovers enjoy cappuccinos because they’re strong and delicious!

Cafe Au Lait

A cafe au lait is a coffee that is equal parts brewed coffee and steamed milk. Coffee lovers who prefer not to have too much caffeine enjoy this type of coffee because it has half of the caffeine content of other types of coffees.

Espresso Macchiato

An espresso macchiato is typically served in a small cup or glass. It consists of one or two shots of hot espresso, which are poured into the cup along with a very thin layer of foam on top called “crema”.

Espresso is made by forcing steam through finely-ground coffee beans. This process produces a very strong coffee with a unique flavor profile that is different than drip coffee.

Flat White

A flat white is a coffee drink that is made by combining espresso with steamed milk.

The milk is steamed until it is thick and velvety, then the espresso is added. This coffee drink has a more subtle flavor than a latte and many people enjoy it because of its creaminess.


A frappuccino is a coffee that is made by blending ice, coffee, and milk. There are many different variations of this popular drink, including flavors like mocha, vanilla, and strawberry. People often enjoy these on a warm day because they are cold and refreshing!

Chai Latte

A chai latte is a tea-based coffee drink that is made by combining black tea with spices like cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and cloves. This popular drink is often served with steamed milk and foam.

Where Did Coffee Come From?

Coffee comes from a plant that originated in Ethiopia, and from there it spread to the rest of the world. Beans are dried and roasted before being ground up into fine powder for consumption.

Coffee can be served in different ways – iced, cold-brewed, black, or with cream – but all have one thing in common: they’re caffeinated! Coffee has many health benefits as well as a few side effects if too much is consumed.

It is grown in tropical climates all over the world, though the most common place it’s grown in Southeast Asia. Coffee trees can grow from five to ten feet tall, and take around five years before they begin producing coffee beans. Bushes usually produce red or purple fruit that turns into a cherry when ripe.

Coffee plants require very specific conditions to grow efficiently: they aren’t found in rich soil, need lots of water and sunlight, and must be at a certain height off of the ground.

Coffee crops are harvested by hand for higher quality beans because machines cannot pick out the smaller ones among the leaves.

What Type of Coffee Is the Strongest?

When caffeine enters the body, it stimulates the central nervous system which increases your heart rate and blood pressure levels while dilating blood vessels to improve blood flow around the body.

Coffee’s diuretic properties make it difficult to tell how much caffeine is in each cup, but no matter what type of coffee you drink the stimulating effects will always be present.

The caffeine levels depend on many other factors including how ripe the beans are, how prepared and cooked they are, and what part of the bean was used. The strongest form of coffee is going to be either a cold brew or a Turkish coffee.

These methods use the entire bean and are ground much more finely than other brewing techniques. Coffee is also ranked on the SCAA Coffee Cupping Scale, which measures bitterness, sweetness, acidity, body, and aftertaste.

The following list ranks different types of coffee drinks in order from weakest to strongest:

  • Espresso
  • Macchiato
  • Latte
  • Cappuccino
  • Americano
  • Pour Over Coffee
  • French Press Coffee
  • Cold Brew Coffee
  • Turkish Coffee

What Types of Coffee Beans Are There?

There are numerous types of coffee beans, each with its unique flavor profile. Some of the most common coffee bean varieties include Arabica, Robusta, Bourbon, and Typica.

  • Arabica coffee beans are considered to be the highest quality coffee bean variety. They have a sweet, fruity flavor and a relatively low acidity level. Arabica coffee beans are grown in high altitudes, making them difficult to cultivate.
  • Robusta coffee beans are less expensive than Arabica coffee beans and have a more intense flavor. They also have a higher caffeine content than Arabica coffee beans.
  • Bourbon coffee beans are named after the Bourbon Island in Madagascar where they were first discovered. They have a rich, chocolatey flavor and a moderate acidity level.
  • Typica coffee beans are the original coffee bean variety, from which all other coffee bean varieties were derived. They have a smooth, mellow flavor and a low acidity level.

What Coffee Is the Smoothest?

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks and can be brewed in many ways. Smooth coffee might taste better than someone else’s coffee, but you have to find out what works best for you.

There are different types of coffee drinkers: light roast drinkers, dark roast drinkers, medium roast drinkers, bitter coffee lovers, weak or mild-tasting coffee lovers.

Coffee can be made to taste bitter or smooth by altering the type of brewer used – drip machines provide some of the smoothest tasting coffees because more oil is removed through this brewing process.

French presses produce a very rich cup of coffee known as a cafetiere, which some people find too smooth or bitter. Espresso machines make a very strong cup of coffee, which is either served as is or with added water to make it weaker.

  • Coffee beans are roasted to different levels, which alters the flavor profile and can make them smoother or more bitter.
  • Coffee can be brewed in many ways, including drip machines, French presses, and espresso machines
  • The type of brewer used can make a difference in the taste of the coffee. For example, drip machines remove more oil from the coffee beans than French presses, resulting in a smoother cup of coffee.
  • Espresso machines produce a stronger cup of coffee that some people find too bitter or smooth. Adding water can make it sweeter.
  • Coffee drinkers can be divided into light, medium, dark, and bitter roast lovers, as well as those who love milder or weaker coffee. Coffee is brewed in many ways with various levels of oil being removed from the beans depending on the type of brewer used.
  • Beans are roasted differently creating different flavor profiles making them either more smooth or bitter. Coffee is commonly served either naturally strong with added water to make it weaker


As you can see, there are many different types of coffee drinks to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a simple espresso or a more complex chai latte, there’s something for everyone. So next time you’re at the coffee shop, be sure to ask your barista for their recommendations!

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