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Coffee Types Explained

Coffee Types Explained

3 min read

Coffee is a very versatile drink, and there are so many different ways to enjoy it. With all the different coffee types, and so many types of coffee drinks, it can be intimidating to try something new, especially when you've already settled on your favourite way to enjoy coffee. Perhaps you like a milky coffee, and so you prefer to drink a cappuccino. If this is the case, you might also enjoy a latte, a café au lait, or a cortado. If you prefer a bolder coffee, like a plain espresso, you could try an americano, a ristretto, or a cold brew coffee. At NESCAFÉ, we've put together this guide, to help you make sure that when the time comes to try something new, you know what you’re getting yourself into, and help you find new ways to enjoy your coffee.


How many coffee types exist? There are over 30 combinations of coffee types in the world. We've put together some of our favourite coffee types for you to try at home - easy recipes with NESCAFÉ instant coffee as the starting point. From the well known cappuccino, espresso, and latte, to the lungo, ristretto, café au lait and cold brew, there are so many types of coffee to enjoy. Give them all a try and find out which one is your favourite.

Which coffee type has the strongest taste? The strongest type of coffee is freshly brewed espresso. It forms the base for most coffee drinks, and is easily enjoyed with added milk, but can be enjoyed by itself if you like bold, intense coffee flavours.

Which coffee type has the weakest taste? A latte is generally considered the least intense coffee. Made with freshly brewed espresso, the taste is then made less intense because of the volume of milk added, which makes it sweeter tasting and with a more mellow taste.

Which coffee has the most milk? A café latte has the biggest milk-to-coffee ratio, with 1/3rd being espresso and the remaining 2/3rd consisting of milk. The cappuccino is closely behind which contains equal parts of espresso, steamed milk and milk foam (in a ratio of 1:1:1).

Which are the most popular coffee drinks? The cappuccino, the latte, and the espresso shot are probably the most popular types – or at least, the most well-known.