The Different Gourmet Coffee Drinks, Explained

October 23, 2018
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Latte or cappuccino? What is the difference? If these are the questions you frequently ask yourself at your local coffee shop, it means you’re definitely not a coffee connoisseur. Yes, there is a difference between a latte and a cappuccino, as well as the other gourmet coffee drinks you may see on the menu. Here is where you can learn about the many differences. Feel free to enjoy a cup of coffee of your own as you read this!

Espresso (Short Black)

The espresso (a type of dark roast coffee) is the most important foundation of every espresso-based drink. A shot of espresso on its own can be ordered as a “short black.”

Double Espresso (Doppio)

Exactly how it sounds! Doppio is the Italian term for ‘double’. This simply means two espresso shots in one cup.


An Americano is the best option for anyone who is health conscious. It’s also good for those who would like their drink to last longer while still enjoying the taste of the espresso. Americanos are made with a shot of espresso to several parts water.


A macchiato is simply a shot of espresso with a splash of foamed milk, usually to cut the bitterness of the espresso. It can come in different flavors such as caramel.


Minas Espresso Inc. - Cappuccino

The cappuccino is the most widely recognized coffee drink of them all. It’s typically made with double the amount of steamed milk and topped with a thick layer of foamed milk.


A latte contains a higher milk to espresso ratio compared to the cappuccino, upwards of 5:1. These coffee drinks are famously known for their “Latte Art,” as the amount and type of steamed milk allows the barista to be truly creative as they pour the milk into the espresso. The above picture is only one of hundreds of thousands of examples of amazing creations!

Flat White

The flat white is primarily found in Australia and New Zealand, but is becoming more popular in North America. It is basically a cappuccino without the foam on top.


Minas Espresso Inc. - Mocha

Mocha is the most indulgent of the coffee drinks. Either melted chocolate or chocolate syrup is added to the espresso and milk. The drink is topped with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle for an extra special treat. Some mochas even come with additional toppings such as chopped nuts, marshmallows, chocolate shavings, and caramel for an especially decadent drink-turned-dessert.

What’s your favorite type of coffee drink? Let us know!

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