Types of Coffee Explained
- What is a Latte?
- What is a Cappuccino?
- What is an Americano?
- What is an Espresso?
- What is a Cortado?
- What is a Mocha?
- What is a Macchiato?
- What is a Flat White?
- What is Decaf Coffee?
- What is an Irish Coffee?
- What is an Iced Coffee?
- What is a Café au Lait?
- What is Cold Brew Coffee?
- What is Drip Coffee?
- What is Instant Coffee?
We’re a nation of coffee lovers, but when it comes to trying something new, our taste buds often prefer to stick to what we know and love. But, by staying to what you know, there’s a world of different coffee types you could be missing out on. So, what are different types coffee, and what do they taste like?
At NESCAFÉ®, we know that straying from your treasured brew can be a little daunting, which is why we’ve put together these series of guides explaining different types of coffee, so you can go in, fully clued up on what you might enjoy. From creamy cappuccinos to strong americanos, you never know which types of coffee you might discover, one of them might become your new favourite…
Different coffee types
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Different coffee types summarised
Below we have summarised the different types of coffee.
• Latte - One or two shots of espresso, lots of steamed milk and a final, thin layer of frothed milk on top
• Cappuccino – Espresso, steamed milk and milk foam equally split into thirds
• Americano - It can either be served 1/2 and 1/2 or 1/3 espresso to 2/3 water
• Espresso - Concentrated form of coffee, served in shots and it’s often the coffee base of many other beverages
• Cortado - Made with lightly steamed milk without froth or foam
• Mocha - It is often 1/3 espresso and 2/3 steamed milk, with chocolate flavouring
• Macchiato - Espresso coffee drink, topped with a small amount of foamed or steamed milk
• Flat White - A blend of micro-foamed milk poured over a single or double shot of espresso
• Decaf - Made from regular coffee beans that go through a process to remove the majority of the caffeine
• Irish Coffee - Made from coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar and cream
• Iced Coffee - A cold version of your favourite coffee, with ice added
• Café au Lait - brewed coffee and steamed milk. One part coffee to one part steamed milk with no froth or foam on top.