List of Coffee and Espresso Beverages

In this coffee drinks glossary, you will find the definitions for most coffee and espresso based beverages in the world.
The purpose of this coffee dictionary is to give short and concise definitions, and not necessarily detailed preparation instructions. However, whenever the case we point the reader to a brewing guide, or a recipe, within the dictionary description.

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Photo via Flickr @ djjewelz Affogato is an Italian type of coffee. An affogato in its purest sense is just two ingredients – ice cream and coffee. Affogato is prepared by pouring a shot of freshly brewed hot espresso over a scoop of vanilla gelato (ice cream). Some common variations of this recipe are to add flavored liqueurs as well such as amaretto or bicerin. Affogato can also be prepared using filter coffee instead of


Caffè Americano, or Americano (English: American coffee) is a style of coffee prepared by adding hot water to espresso, giving it a similar strength to, but different flavor from regular drip coffee. The strength of an Americano varies with the number of shots of espresso and the amount of water added. The name is also spelled with varying capitalization and use of diacritics. Read moreAmericano


Arabic coffee is a general name that refers to the two main ways coffee is prepared in many Arab countries: Turkish-style, and Saudi Coffee. The Turkish coffee brewing method is common in the Levant, but brewed without the addition of sugar. Cardamom is often added, or it is served plain قهوة سادة qahwah sādah (lit. “plain coffee“). Read moreArabic coffee


A black eye coffee is a standard cup of filter coffee with a double shot of espresso poured on top. The black eye is so named because the double espresso shot has the appearance of a black eye when it is poured into the filter coffee. However, some people say that this beverage is called a black eye because drinking it feels like getting punched in the face. This drink is quite intense and has


The breve coffee is a coffee beverage that is comparable to the caffè latte. The breve was invented as an Americanised version of the latte, where half n’ half milk and cream is used instead of only using milk. This produces a sweeter, richer and creamier coffee than the latte. The breve actually looks more like a cappuccino than a latte as the cream in a breve give the coffee a much fluffier appearance. Using


In this coffee drinks glossary, you will find the definitions for most coffee and espresso based beverages in the world.The purpose of this coffee dictionary is to give short and concise definitions, and not necessarily detailed preparation instructions. However, whenever the case we point the reader to a brewing guide, or a recipe, within the dictionary description.Table of ContentsAffogatoAmericanoArabic coffeeBlack eyeBreveCafé RomanoCaffè LatteCaffè MochaCortadoCuban espressoEspresso con pannaEspresso MacchiatoFlat whiteFrappéIced LatteIced mochaIrish coffeeLatte macchiatoLungoPour over coffeeRed


The café Romano is an espresso beverage with a squeeze of lemon juice added that is served with a lemon wedge. Although the name suggests the café Romano comes from Rome or even Romania, it is in fact of American or Italian American origin. During the 1950s in the United States, bartenders and baristas started garnishing espresso with a lemon wedge, most likely imitating cocktail preparation where a lemon wedge is a popular garnish. This


Caffè Latte is a drink commonly prepared with one third espresso and two thirds steamed milk. The name is a portmanteau of the Italian words Caffè, which means coffee, and Latte, which means milk. Internationally, the name is commonly shortened to simply latte. As this is just the name for milk in Italian, if somebody orders a “latte” in Italy, they will simply receive a glass of milk. Originally, the name Caffè Latte just referred


Caffè Mocha is a variation of the caffè latte, which is similarly prepared with espresso coffee and steamed milk but has the addition of chocolate, normally in the form of cocoa powder. The classic mocha is then topped with cappuccino foam which amounts to 0.75 of an inch of foam. Variations on the classic mocha include making the beverage with dark or white chocolate or making the drink with chocolate syrup. Cinnamon, nutmeg or other


A cortado is an espresso based beverage that may refer to any espresso and milk combination in small quantities. Most commonly, it consists of a single espresso with an equal amount of steamed or scalded milk that does not contain texture or microfoam. It can be served in a demitasse or in a special 6 oz cup that is not common place in most coffee shops. The word cortado is Spanish and means “cut”. This


A cuban espresso is an espresso beverage that is sweetened with sugar. For a traditional cuban espresso, the sugar needs to be natural, brown, demerara sugar. Cuban espresso can be prepared with an electric espresso machine or by using a moka pot. Sugar is mixed vigorously into the espresso as soon as it starts to brew, forming a foam or espuma. This action serves to hydrolyze the sucrose, which results in a beverage that is


Espresso con panna means “espresso with cream” in Italian. As the name suggests, the beverage consists of a single or double shot of espresso topped with whipped cream. Some other common variations of this name would be the café Vienne (used in the United States),  café Viennois (used in France and the United Kingdom) and the Franziskaner in Vienna. In contrast to the espresso con panna, a Wiener Melange tends to be an espresso beverage


The espresso macchiato is a coffee espresso drink with a small amount of steamed milk, usually as foam, on top. The word “macchiato” in Italian means stained or spotted. The espresso macchiato, therefore, means “stained espresso”, due to the milk staining the black coffee color. An espresso macchiato is often shortened to just macchiato in some parts of the world. However, this can be confused in some cultures with a lattè macchiato and clarification might


The flat white is a milk based espresso drink that is comparable to the latte. It is typically served in a smaller cup than a latte and is prepared using a double shot of espresso. Therefore the beverage is more concentrated. The flat white would nearly always be served with latte art and is a very popular drink in the third wave coffee movement. The steamed milk consistency should be a velvety micro foam similar


Cafe Frappe By DJWebby2002GRvia Wikipedia The frappé is traditionally a coffee beverage chilled with ice in some way. The French word use has been documented from the start of the 19th century. However, it is generally accepted these days that the café frappé is a chilled coffee drink associated with Greek culture and popularized by Nescafé. This version of the frappé is made with instant coffee (traditionally Nescafe), water, sometimes sugar and shaken over ice


An iced latte typically refers to a beverage that is prepared with freshly brewed, hot espresso and chilled milk over ice. This drink is very typical in the United States. An iced latte is not prepared using steamed, micro foamed milk, in comparison to a regular hot latte. Due to this lack of milk foaming, it is not possible to create the foam that is a signature for the cappuccino, which is probably the reason


The iced mocha is a variant of the iced latte and another beverage that would fall into the bracket of iced coffee. As with hot lattes and hot mochas, the iced mocha differs to the iced latte in that chocolate is added to the former to make it a mocha. This chocolate would typically be in the form of cocoa powder but any variant of chocolate such as chocolate sauce or melted chocolate can be used.


Irish coffee is a coffee cocktail or coffee liquor made of black coffee, sugar and whiskey and topped with cream. Although the modern Irish coffee as we know it today was created sometime in the 20th century, likely in the 1940s, coffee cocktails were being served in Viennese coffee houses from the middle of the 19th century. There are several people in history who claim to have invented the Irish coffee. No one unequivocally knows


The latte macchiato is a coffee beverage that is similar to the caffè latte and is a longer version of the caffè macchiato, also known as the espresso macchiato. These three beverages are often confused for one another. As with the espresso macchiato, the name is derived from the Italian word “macchiato”, which means stained. A latte macchiato differs from a caffè latte in its preparation. A latte macchiato is prepared by slowly adding espresso


Lungo is the name for an espresso beverage made by prolonging the extraction time, compared to the normale, which is the standard extraction for espresso. Lungo is the Italian word for long. A normale takes approximately 25 to 30 seconds to pull, while a lungo can go anywhere from 30 to 50 seconds. The volume of a lungo is about the double of a normale. A solo normale contains about 1 oz. of beverage, while a


In this coffee drinks glossary, you will find the definitions for most coffee and espresso based beverages in the world.The purpose of this coffee dictionary is to give short and concise definitions, and not necessarily detailed preparation instructions. However, whenever the case we point the reader to a brewing guide, or a recipe, within the dictionary description.Table of ContentsAffogatoAmericanoArabic coffeeBlack eyeBreveCafé RomanoCaffè LatteCaffè MochaCortadoCuban espressoEspresso con pannaEspresso MacchiatoFlat whiteFrappéIced LatteIced mochaIrish coffeeLatte macchiatoLungoPour over coffeeRed


Pour over coffee is a type of filter coffee that is brewed manually, using a pour over coffee maker. Some popular pour over coffee makers are the Chemex, the Hario V60 and the Kalita Wave. A pour over coffee maker is a device generally made from plastic metal or glass. It can be a stand alone, all in one, coffee maker where the coffee maker acts as the brewer and the receptacle, or an individual


In coffee terms a red eye refers to a coffee beverage that consists of a regular cup of drip filter coffee with an espresso shot added to it. This coffee is named the red eye because of the extra caffeine content in the beverage that is needed for those who are take early morning flights referred to as red eye flights, very often from the east coast to the west coast of the United States.


Ristretto is a short shot of espresso coffee made with the normal amount of ground coffee but extracted with about half the amount of water. Traditionally, a ristretto is extracted using the same amount of coffee grounds and water as a normale, but reducing the time to brew it. The result is a concentrated espresso with a different flavor and taste profile, and slightly lower caffeine content. Read moreRistretto


A Vienna coffee is a cream based espresso beverage. It is prepared by adding whipped cream to a double shot of espresso. The cream is then infused with the espresso until the cup is full. The whipped cream replaces milk and sugar in a standard cup of coffee, as the whipped cream is much sweeter than milk. The Vienna coffee is often confused with other coffee beverages such as the espresso con panna and the


Pour over coffee is a type of filter coffee that is brewed manually, using a pour over coffee maker. Some popular pour over coffee makers are the Chemex, the Hario V60 and the Kalita Wave. A pour over coffee maker is a device generally made from plastic metal or glass. It can be a stand alone, all in one, coffee maker where the coffee maker acts as the brewer and the receptacle, or an individual