Different Kinds of Espresso

Different types of coffee espresso drinks

Majority of coffee drinkers are drinking coffee with the only knowledge of it is caffeinated drink about the coffee they are drinking. However, when we study about coffee, you may get surprised at how broad its delimitation even on what we already know that it is a liquid beverage with boosting ability. Hence, the word coffee is complex and dropping the bomb in one information is to bombarding let’s take a look first on the different kinds of espresso. Whereas this coffee it is not only a single drink, but a versatile beverage that has many phases.

Before espresso became popular in America, the coffee drink was first to introduce in Europe, specifically in Italy. Despite the popularity of the coffee drink, many were still having the misconception that espresso is a dark, bitter to a burnt-flavored roast of coffee with spread cream on top. The truth is, espresso is a pleasurable drink a coffee lover can ever taste. Espresso is not a roasting process or a type of coffee bean, but its a method of preparing to make a flavorful coffee.

Most of us when we say espresso the first thing that comes to our mind is a single beverage, that often used in many concoctions to create a new blend of coffee. Yes, that is right espresso is an ideal base in creating a new coffee blend. An example of this beverage that uses espresso as a base is latte and cappuccino, and there are a whole lot of delicious coffee blends that few of us only knew where espresso is the primary ingredient to this concoctions

Here are the different kinds of Espresso Coffee Drinks

Pure Espresso

Pure espresso or the espresso shot is a robust experience of drinking coffee which most Italians prefers. Espressos’ often serve in small demitasse-style cups and consumed immediately after extraction. Here are the four types of pure espresso;

four types of pure expresso
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The “short shot” is the first ¾-ounce of espresso in an extraction, which many believe is the absolute perfect espresso.


Likewise known as the “long shot,” this is a 1 ½-ounce shot of espresso.

Single Shot Espresso

A 1-ounce shot of espresso.

Double Shot Espresso

This is not only a 2-ounce shot of espresso, but this shot uses twice the amount of coffee in the portafilter, whereas the lesser shots use the same single serving.

Some popular varieties of espresso blended coffee drinks that often seen on the coffee shops menu are;

esprresso blended coffee drinks
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Espresso Macchiato

Macchiato was made known by the big coffee chain, Starbucks. Often times, this drink is misconstrued to be a sumptuous caffeinated drink made of caramel and chocolate while in fact, this drink is simply a mixture of espresso shot and a layer of foamed milk.

Espresso con Panna

Espresso con Panna is not a usual espresso on the menu, but this espresso drink is similar to Irish coffee without the added whiskey. This coffee drink is composed of an espresso shot with layers of whip cream.

Café Breve

A lot of times this coffee drink were miss look on the menu, or some are afraid to try the drink. Café Breve is not some cultist drink because it is also an espresso-based drink like the cappuccino made with an espresso shot, and steamed half and half light cream

Cappuccino and Café Latte

Cappuccino and Cafe’ Latte are both well-known espresso-based coffee drinks, but often times these brews were interchanged, making it hard to distinguish which is cappuccino and which Cafe’ Latte. These coffee drinks are made with two ingredients which are espresso and milk. Thou they are similar to one another, the difference between these beverages is in the preparation. Cappuccino is 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk, and 1/3 wet foamed milk, and Latte is 1/6 espresso, 4/6 steamed milk, 1/6 foamed milk.

Cappuccino is more robust in taste than Cafe’Latte, this is because of the milk ratio. Coffee aficionados say that the Cafe’ latte is sweeter, or in other words milder in taste, and it is ideal for coffee starters, who are looking onward to taste espresso.

Café Americano

Cafe’ Americano is not that complex as it sounds because this coffee drink is simplistic. Cafe’ Americano is an espresso shot, that is watered down, resulting in a comparable taste of brewed coffee.

This is a simple guideline in identifying the different kinds of espresso drinks so that next time you will order in the coffee shop you know the type of espresso drink you ordered

Information gathered through this text is from gocoffeego.com, "How to brew the perfect cup of coffee, espresso, latte and other concoctions."