types of espresso-based coffee drink

What Are Different Types of Espresso-Based Coffee Drinks?

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Different types of espresso-based coffee have become beloved among coffee lovers all around the world. Espresso, with its flavors, velvety texture, and aromatic allure, is served as a fundamental foundation of many coffee drinks. In this blog, we embark on a journey to explore the different types of espresso-based coffee and their unique characteristics.

Espresso As a Foundation

Espresso, as a type of black coffee, is found at the heart of most coffee drinks these days. Espresso is not just a type of coffee beverage with bold and robust flavor; it is a brewing method for extracting the true essence of coffee beans.
Hot water is forced under high pressure through finely ground coffee beans; this is how espresso is made. The foundation of any espresso-based coffee beverage relies on the quality and craftsmanship of the espresso shot.
Let’s see the various types of espresso-based coffee beverages and their ingredients:


A traditional macchiato is a shot of espresso + amount of milk foam + steamed milk.
It has a strong coffee flavor with a touch of milk.


Cappuccino is espresso+ steamed milk + milk foam.
It has a creamy texture with a sprinkle of cocoa or cinnamon on top.


A latte is a shot of espresso + a larger amount of steamed milk + a small layer of milk foam on top.
It has a milder coffee flavor and a smoother, creamy texture.

Flat White

Flat white is one or two shots of espresso + a velvety microfoam.
It has a stronger coffee taste compared to a latte.


An Americano is + a shot of espresso + hot water.
It has a similar flavor to regular brewed coffee but with the strength of espresso.


Mocha is an espresso + chocolate syrup or powder + steamed milk + a layer of milk foam.
It has a rich, chocolatey flavor along with the kick of espresso.


Affogato is a scoop of vanilla ice cream or gelato + a shot of hot espresso.
It has a bitter and sweet taste with a delicious combination of hot and cold.


Ristretto is a shot of espresso + the same amount of coffee grounds (but extracted with less water).
It has a bolder and more intense flavor compared to a regular espresso.


Lungo is the opposite of a ristretto. It is an espresso shot + a longer amount of water.
It has a milder and slightly more diluted taste.

Espresso Con Panna

Espresso Con Panna is a shot of espresso + a dollop of whipped cream.
It has a strong espresso flavor with a creamy texture.


Cordato (a Spanish drink) is espresso + warm milk, typically served in a small glass.
It has a balanced taste between espresso’s intensity and the milk’s creaminess.

Vienna Coffee

Vienna coffee is a shot of espresso + whipped cream + dusting cocoa or cinnamon.
It is a luxurious and decadent coffee treat.


A Gibraltar is a shot of espresso + a small amount of steamed milk, similar to a cortado but served in a Gibraltar glass, which is a small tumbler-like glass.

Red Eye

A red eye is a regular brewed coffee + a shot of espresso.
It has a stronger caffeine kick.

Irish Coffee

Irish coffee is a hot coffee + Irish whiskey + sugar + a layer of whipped cream on top.
It’s a spirited coffee drink.

Café Cubano

Café Cubano, also known as Cuban espresso, is demerara sugar + espresso while it is brewing.
The result is a sweet and strong espresso with a caramelized flavor.

Café Bombón

Café bombón is sweetened condensed milk + espresso.
It has a strong espresso and a rich, sweet milk taste.

Turkish Coffee

Turkish coffee is prepared by brewing very finely ground coffee beans in a small pot called a cezve.
It is served unfiltered with a strong and intense coffee experience.

Greek Frappé

Frappé is instant coffee + sugar + water + ice.
It is also served with milk or whipped cream.

Espresso Tonic

Espresso tonic is a shot of iced espresso + tonic water.
It has a unique contrast of flavors, with the bitterness of espresso and the crispness of tonic water.


Shakerato is an Italian coffee drink made by shaking espresso, ice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker.
It has a chilled and frothy coffee beverage.

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Vietnamese iced coffee, also known as cà phê đá, is a strong brewed coffee + sweetened condensed milk + ice.
It has a rich and creamy flavor.

Mexican Café de Olla

Café de Olla is a Mexican spiced coffee. It is made by brewing coffee with cinnamon, cloves, and piloncillo (unrefined cane sugar).
It has a warm and aromatic coffee with a touch of sweetness and spice.

Ethiopian Buna

Ethiopian Buna is a traditional coffee ceremony in Ethiopia. It is made by roasting green coffee beans, grinding them, and brewing them in a traditional pot called a jebena.
It is rich, aromatic, and often served with sugar.

Scandinavian Egg Coffee

Egg coffee is a traditional Scandinavian preparation. It is eggshells or egg whites + coffee grounds before brewing.
It has a smooth and rich coffee with a subtle hint of sweetness.

Ethiopian Macchiato

Ethiopian macchiato, also known as buna macchiato, is a shot of Ethiopian espresso + a small amount of milk foam + steamed milk.

Moroccan Spiced Coffee

Moroccan spiced coffee, or “nus-nus,” is dark roasted coffee + warm milk + spices like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.
It has a warm and aromatic flavor with a touch of exotic spice.

Italian Marocchino

Marocchino is a shot of espresso + a layer of cocoa powder + frothed milk.
It has a harmonious balance of flavors.

Spanish Carajillo

Carajillo is a Spanish coffee cocktail made by combining espresso + a shot of liquor (brandy or rum).
It has a kick of flavor and warmth to the coffee.

Brazilian Café Pingado

Café Pingado is (Brazilian coffee) a shot of espresso + a small amount of milk.
It has a balanced taste between the richness of espresso and the creaminess of the milk.


In this exploration of different types of espresso-based coffee drinks, we have uncovered a world of unique flavors and creative possibilities. From the classic cappuccino to the Scandinavian Egg Coffee, each beverage offers a unique experience with its different ingredients for coffee lovers with different preferences.

 You can customize your coffee drink to suit your preferences with a strong espresso foundation. Whether you prefer a stronger and rich espresso flavor, a sweeter concoction, or a creamy texture, there are endless ways to create your perfect cup of coffee.

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