Different Types Of Coffees - From Lattes To Iced Coffees

Do you know the difference between cold brew and iced coffees?

If you've ever turned up at a coffee shop and found yourself wondering what the hell all those types of coffees on the menu are, then you're not alone, friend. Like, how is a doppio different to an espresso? And it a frappe hot or cold? And will you judge me for ordering a cappuccino seeing as it's not the 90s anymore (sidenote: a cappuccino is my coffee of choice, so BACK OFF)?

To ease your mind next time you head into a Starbucks or Pret, here's a guide to all the different types of coffees you can order, so you know what to expect when the barista hands you your caffeine fix.

Types of coffee beans

And before we get into the complexity of the different kinds of drinks you can make from coffees, here's a quick lesson on coffee beans.

Robusta beans

Robusta beans are the lower quality of the two main coffee beans used across the world. Robbusta beans are far easier to grow, and you get a higher yield from them. These beans have more of an astringent flavour and contain a higher amount of caffeine.

Arabica beans

Arabica beans make up three quarters of all the coffee beans used throughout the world. This is because they are nicer, tbh. They have half the amount of caffeine as robusta beans, and have a more pleasing flavours and aromatic properties.

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1 Types of coffees: espresso
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An espresso is simply that: a single shot of espresso, which is 30ml. It's lovely in an espresso martini, btw...

2 Types of coffees: doppio aka double espresso
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A doppio is simply a double espresso, which is 60ml of espresso. Not a bad shout if you're having one of those mornings.

3 Types of coffees: Americano
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An Americano is simply a shot of espresso diluted with boiling water. It can be served black or with milk.

4 Types of coffees: cappuccino
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A cappuccino is a shot of espresso topped with hot milk and a layer of lovely foam. You'll usually be asked if you want a little chocolate sprinkled on top, and you should always say yes to chocolate. On cappuccinos and in life in general.

5 Types of coffees: latte
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A latte is made with a single or double shot of espresso (1/3 of your drink) plus 2/3 of steamed milk and a small layer (around 1 cm) of frothed milk.

6 Types of coffees: flat white
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A flat white is pretty similar to a latte in that it is made up of espresso and steamed milk. The main difference is that there's no foam.

7 Types of coffees: cortado
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A cortado is a shot of espresso with the same amount of steamed milk.

8 Types of coffees: mocha
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A mocha is the perfect thing to order if you can't decide between a hot chocolate and a coffee as it's a milky coffee with the added bonus of chocolate.

9 Types of coffees: Irish coffee
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An Irish coffee is a personal favourite of mine. And how could it not be? It's coffee and booze; whiskey to be precise.

10 Types of coffees: frappe
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A frappe is an iced coffee made up of espresso, cold milk and ice. The whole lot gets blended, and if you like, a flavoured syrup can be added.

11 Types of coffees: freddo
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A freddo is another version of an iced coffee but this one is an Greek version, which tends to be a little thicker. It also often has some liqueur in it, and you can't argue with that.

12 Types of coffees: iced coffee

With the weather heating up, all we can think about is iced coffees - and all the wildly exciting flavours on offer. An iced coffee is simply an espresso poured over ice, and if you're into it, ice-cold milk and other flavours, like Biscoff or Nutella.

13 Types of coffees: cold brew

To make cold brew, coffee grounds are steeped in cold water for at least twelve hours. Now, because cold brew uses time instead of heat to extract the coffee's oils, sugars and caffeine, the end result is generally less acidic and bitter.

14 Types of coffees: Vietnamese coffee

Vietnamese coffee is so delicious! You can have it hot or iced, but basically it's simply coffee mixed with condensed milk, which is what makes it taste so creamy and sweet.

15 Types of coffee: dalgona coffee

Dalgona coffee is the new coffee on the block. The TikTok trend is made by whipping equal parts instant coffee powder, sugar, and hot water until it becomes creamy and then adding it to cold or hot milk.

16 Types of coffees: glace
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A glace is the dreamiest of all coffees, in my personal opinion. It's coffee with a big scoop of ice cream. What a time to be alive!

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