If you just pick up the habit of drinking coffee or love to have a cup of coffee as your daily fix, then you’re sure to love this article. After searching various websites, we list 10 most popular coffees here. Check the list to see if your favourite coffee is included. If not, don't get disappointed; you can always add it in the comment area.

Different Types of Coffee

So yes, thanks to Starbucks we now know that there are a billion types of coffee out there. But let me introduce you to some of the most basic ones so that the next time someone asks you to order, you don’t look at the menu like a lost goose.


And literally who hasn’t heard of Espresso? If you’re one of those who don’t know about it and are too embarrassed to ask anybody about it, well, here’s the dirt. Espressos are essentially black coffees, which are made from dark roast beans, steamed milk and foam. The varying degrees of espresso depend on the varying proportions of the 3 main ingredients mentioned. The machine used to make them is a high pressured cappuccino machine. Espresso can be said to be the building blocks of coffee, as essentially every coffee variety is a variation of it.


Short Macchiato

A lot of people find espresso very strong and bitter. For them, a short macchiato is a good option among all the different types of coffee. Its recipe is the same as that of an espresso, except a dollop of steamed milk and foam is added to it in order to soften the harsh flavor of espresso.


Café Latte

Lattes are milk based coffees that have a lot of micro-foam added to it. Because of the high quantity of milk, this coffee is quite weak when compared to an espresso, which makes it the perfect first coffee for newbies out there. Generally a latte will include:

  • 1 cup of steamed milk

  • 1 shot of espresso

  • Micro foam on the top

Variations include adding toppings like Caramel or Chocolate syrups to them.


Café au Lait

You could have probably guessed by the name that the coffee has French origins. So while the base ingredient of most coffees out there is espresso, the base ingredient of the Caf Au Lait is brewed coffee itself. It is made with equal quantities of brewed coffee and steamed milk, and can be said to be the younger brother of Cafe Latte.



Ah, Cappuccino. Among all different types of coffee, this one is widely welcomed nowadays. And for a good reason. The original/genuine cappuccino is made with equal parts of milk, foam/froth and espresso. It’s widely celebrated because of its unique richness and flavor, and can easily be said to be the elder brother of the Latte. One notable distinction is that unlike other coffees which are made in tumblers, cappuccinos are made in cups.



You know what a hot chocolate is, right? And I’ve already told you what a cappuccino is. Well, a mocha is a mix between the two, and can also be known as “chocolate coffee” if you can’t remember it by its name. The chocolate powder is added to the espresso shot, which is then introduced to foam and milk.



This one is very strong and very bitter, to be honest. It is made with a single shot of espresso added to a cup of hot water. However, with the passage of time, different coffee outlets have created their own versions of the Americano, which you are free to drink at your own risk if you are not for strong coffees.


Piccolo Latte

This is, as the name suggests, a latte. Unlike the regular latte, this too is made in a cup. It is made from a ristretto shot (15-20 ml) to which milk is added. It is served in a 100ml glass demitasse (a small cup). Sadly, we don’t get to see many Piccolo Lattes on most coffee shops out there.



This one is intended to be drunk as a dessert, after you’re done with your dinner. Yeah, you read that right! You take a scoop of vanilla ice cream and add a shot of espresso to it. Sure, you can try your own variations, but this remains the base recipe.


Caramel Macchiato

Among all different types of coffee, this one should never be missed if you have a sweet tooth, because it tastes sweet. Its base ingredients are foamed milk, caramel and espresso. A lot of coffee house prefer using steamed milk, which is a good alternative for those who don’t like their coffee strong.


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  • mary DiorioJan.13 02:40
    It would be unfair unless I mention New York's great cafes and coffee houses. MY ex husbands Cafe Pane e Cioccolato in Manhattan is one. New York has MANY places, like Ferrara in Little Italy. Who knows if it's still there?? But, apart from the few places in America one can find good European coffee, I find that only bY investing in a good coffee maker, capable of making creamy espressos and using the top brands like Lavazza, Illy, is it possible to avoid disappointment. MY sincere apologies to those places who have always done justice to their coffees. Wherever you are, possibly in San Francisco, I cannot understand why it should be necessary to travel further than a short walk for a good coffee. Spoiled in Rome.
  • mary DiorioJan.13 02:26
    I'd LOVE to know WHERE any of these, but especially a DECENT, just decent, espresso may be found, unless you live in Europe?? I live near a Starbucks and a Peets. Neither offer a decent espresso, let alone a decent cappuccino. I agree that it's necessary to begin with a good espresso for any coffee drink listed here. And here is the rub. A good espresso doesn't need an equal amount of sugar to calm the bitterness. Yet this has been the case for me Only one coffee house... LA SCALA .. in Walnut Creek, CA seemed the only place I could go for wonderfully creamy cappuccinos I could enjoy even without sugar while hearing (barely) a modern Italian music mix. I was back in Rome, could have been Donner on the V.Vemeto! Sadly, this is no longer true. For whatever reason, their coffee is as poor in taste as Starbucks etc. Saving on a cheaper coffee bean roaster? What a shame. Reading about 10 coffees one should try, all I can say is that this topic is useless unless you live in Italy, or France, or Spain... Austria? Germany?
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