What Are the Different Types of Coffee Drinks

Let’s not deny the fact that we all get confused while ordering our coffee at a café. Standing in the queue and sweating because we don’t know the difference between a cold brew and iced coffee. You might know a few names of different types of coffee like Latte, Cappuccino, Americano, Espresso, Mocha, and a few more. However, you may not know the actual difference between them. Fortunately, we are here to explain the different types of coffee.

How Many Coffee Types Are There?

Before we get into the different types of coffee drinks in the world, let’s learn about the different types of coffee beans that are used to brew coffee. Most coffee cafes in India will typically label the type of coffee beans they use for their products.

If you are wondering if the coffee beans do make any difference, then yes they do. Let’s get right to it.

Types of Coffee Beans

  • Arabica
  • Robusta
  • Liberia
  • Excelsa

Although there are four types of coffee beans, Arabica and Robusta are the two most common and popular coffee beans. You might recognize both names from any coffee franchise in India. While they both are famous beans, Arabica is the most popular in the world. It is also said that Arabica is the source of 60% of coffee production in the world. 

Let’s know the common difference between the world’s two most popular coffee beans.


Arabica is the most popular type of coffee bean in the world. Moreover, it is regarded as the highest quality bean. Since it is of the highest quality and is difficult to grow, it is considered expensive. Despite this, this coffee bean does not have as much caffeine as Robusta has. However, you cannot deny the fact the taste is worth it. It is widely used for black coffee.


If Arabica has smoothness, Robusta has bitterness. Robusta is cheaper and slightly more bitter than Arabica that’s why it is used for espresso or instant coffee mix.

Among the main four types of coffee beans, we have explained the two most common and popular coffee beans to you. When you order a cup of coffee at a café near you in Delhi, the brand will let you know the type of beans used for their products.

Now, let’s talk about the different types of coffee.

Types of Coffee Drinks

Isn’t it crazy how small coffee beans give you a variety of coffee drinks? Latte, Espresso, Americano, Mocha, and many other variations of coffee that relish your taste buds. Coffees are altered to create a new taste. Also, adjustments are made by adding syrups or pouring coffee on ice. Even you can use steamed milk or full-crème milk with nuts and add more flavors to enhance the taste. However, the most common types of coffee drinks are listed below. To help you sense the variations of coffee available in the market, we have put this guide together. Check out the list given below for the most common types of coffee ordered by coffee lovers:


Black coffee is the simplest version of coffee ground beans steeped in hot water and served plain with nothing added. A simple coffee with no sugar, no crème, and no milk.


Americano coffee is also a simpler version of black coffee which is espresso diluted in hot water. It can be either 1/2 and 1/2 or 1/3 and 2/3 of water and espresso depending on your choice.


One of the most popular coffee types in the world is Latte. Latte coffee is comprised of two shots of espresso, steamed milk, and a thin layer of foam on the top.


After Latte, the most commonly consumed type of coffee in the world is Cappuccino, especially in the UK. Cappuccino is a perfect balance of espresso. It is like a latte only but with more foam than steamed milk and coffee or chocolate dust on the top layer.


An espresso is both – a coffee and a brewing method. It is a concentrated type of coffee made with high-pressure and small coffee beans in hot water. Moreover, it is the base of many coffee drinks. 


Affogato is actually a dessert, in which vanilla ice cream topped with a shot of espresso or two. This is a perfect excuse to have a scoop of ice cream any time of the day.

Red Eye

Red eye coffee is comprised of regular coffee brewed with a shot of espresso. The taste of the coffee is extra strong and bol, which is perfect for those who like their coffee extra strong.


Mocha is a variant of Latte. However, this is more sweet, full of nuts, and chocolaty. It comprises 1/3 of espresso and 2/3 of steamed milk followed by crème or milk. Lastly, a chocolate flavor is added which can be either milk or dark chocolate.


It is also an espresso-based drink. This is topped with steamed milk and foam.

Flat White

Flat white is also a newcomer, which is like Cappuccino without foam or chocolate sprinkle. The micro-foam milk is poured over one or two shots of espresso.

Irish Coffee

Irish coffee is a blend of black coffee, sugar, and whiskey topped with whipped cream.

Iced Coffee


It is a newcomer to the world of coffee. Unlike many coffees, it does not have foam or froth. Simply steamed milk is mixed with espresso which creates micro-foam.


As the name says, Decaf is a type of coffee that is made with regular coffee beans. This goes through a process to remove the majority of caffeine. However, it is not fully decaffeinated.

Cold Brew

Cold brew is made by steeping ground coffee beans in room-temperature water for six hours. Some even like to steep it for 24 hours, depending on how strong the flavor they like to have. And when the steeped beans create a strong concentrate, water, and milk are added for the taste.

Café au Lait

It is the perfect coffee for those who want more flavor in their coffee. It is made with brewed coffee and steamed milk and no foam on top.


Ristretto is known as the shots of espresso. Since it uses less hot water it tastes sweeter than than traditional bitter taste of espresso or doppio.


Doppio means double in Italian. This refers to double shots of espresso.

In Short, all the types of coffee are mostly the blend of milk, foam, and espresso. However, every type of coffee is special in its own way. Do let us know what type of coffee is your favorite and which one you are going to try next for the very first time.

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