Popular Coffee Types You’ll Find in Most Cafes

When you and your friends walk into a cafe, do you select your order from the list of cold beverages or do you check out the coffee selection? If you’re the type who goes for a warm cup of coffee, then this helpful guide should encourage you to try the different coffee types that you will find in most cafes.


This is a special kind and not offered as a beverage. It is a shot of espresso that is usually poured over desserts, usually ice cream.

Caffe Americano

This is made by adding hot water to a shot of espresso. The story goes that during World War 2, American soldiers did this to make their coffee last longer. This practice was apparently adopted by American baristas after the war and it is still enjoyed by avid coffee drinkers until now.

Caffe Latte or Cafe au Lait

This beverage is made with steamed milk and a single shot of coffee. The result is quite frothy and is a popular choice for more coffee drinkers. This is sometime confused with the flat white.


This is considered the most popular type of coffee in the world. It consists of 3 layers poured into your cup. The first layer is a shot of espresso, second is a shot of steamed milk and the final layer is frothed, foamy milk. The barista can top this with chocolate shavings or chocolate powder.

Double Espresso (Doppio)

Stronger than an espresso, this consists of a double shot of espresso in a cup. If you are ok with espresso, you might want to try out a double shot some time.

Espresso (Short Black)

The other types of coffee drinks are often made with espresso as the base. Espresso is made by shooting boiling water under high pressure through finely ground up coffee beans and then pouring it into a tiny cup. The process sounds simple but is difficult to master. This cup of coffee is not for everyone. If you’ve ever tried a shot of this, you’ll know why it’s served in such a tiny cup.

Flat White

This type of coffee, along with the long black, comes from New Zealand and Australia. To make this coffee, steamed milk from the bottom of the jug is poured over a shot of espresso. Unlike the cafe au last, the milk used here is not frothy but instead creamy.

Long Black

Like the flat white, this coffee originates from New Zealand and Australia. It is made by pouring hot water into a cup and adding two shots of espresso. Doing this in reverse results in an Americano. This type of coffee can be quite strong and have a more creamy foam than an Americano.

Macchiato (also known as a Piccolo Latte)

This coffee is made by a shot of espresso topped off with foamed milk dashed directly into the cup. Unlike a cappuccino, no steamed milk is added and it Is usually served in an espresso sized cup which makes it stronger.


If you are just starting out exploring coffee, a mochacchino is a good start as it sits in the middle of a childhood favourite – hot chocolate and the adult tradition of cafe latte. A ‘mocha’ is latte added with chocolate powder or chocolate syrup and sometimes topped with whipped cream.

Irish Coffee

For more kick or punch in your coffee, you might want to opt for Irish coffee but try to order this when you’re off from work. This coffee is brewed with whiskey, sugar and a thick layer of cream on top. Be sure to have someone who is sober enough to take you home if crash after drinking too much of this.


If you want the strong kick of an espresso, the smoothness of cream and the sweetness of sugar, then go for a Vienna. This is made by adding two shots of strong espresso together then adding in whipped cream as an alternative to milk and sugar.

Most coffee drinkers love the taste and smell of coffee. It wakes them up in the morning and keeps them alert and feeling ready to tackle the day’s work. If you’re a certified coffee drinker, what’s your favourite coffee type? If you’re just starting to experiment with coffee, which one do you want to taste next?

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