Espresso, Latte or Mocha? A Visual Guide to Coffee, So You Always Know What to Order!

Ever been in a situation where you went to a nice coffee shop and the barista suggested you something and you complied and later regretted your order because you simply did not know what Mocha Frappe meant? Well, you don’t have to be a coffee connoisseur to buy your coffee. We’re here to help you with the basics with the ultimate Coffee Guide :

1. Espresso :expresso ultimate coffee guide

Espresso is the base of most of the coffees. In simple words, it is strong black coffee. Boiling water is pushed through the coffee grinds at high pressure in an espresso machine, which results in a perfect aromatic espresso shot with a fine golden crema (foam).

2. Macchiato :

Macchiato is an espresso shot with a layer of steamed milk. Known as Caffe Macchiato, this drink is also enjoyed in a cold form, with some flavoured syrups!

3. Americano :


An Americano is simply a cup of hot water mixed with an Espresso shot.

4. Latte :

Latte is a drink made with double shot of espresso, steamed milk and some milk foam.  This is the most popular drink and is usually taken with breakfast in Europe.

5. Cappuccino :

cappuccino ultimate coffee guide

Similar to latte, this drink has got a greater amount of Milk foam. A cappuccino consists of equal parts of espresso, steamed milk and milk foam. This drink is perfect for those who wish to enjoy the flavour of Espresso more than milk. The Baristas urge you not to order it iced.

6. Mocha :

This beautiful invention has chocolate syrup in it. Made with espresso, steamed milk and chocolate syrup, this drink can be enjoyed iced or hot, or blended for that matter!

7. Flat White :

flat white

Somewhat like Latte, this drink contains only steamed milk and espresso. This drink is popular in Australia and New Zealand.

A usual coffee is mainly prepared with espresso and steamed milk. Variations can be in the form of addition of syrups or whipped cream. Coffee shops simply experiment with the basic coffee and produce something as great as Hazelnut Iced Latte! Just saying.

So, feeling like a pro already?

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  1. Nashi Dasgupta says

    Thank you so much for this helpful article! I am here in New Zealand and still not been able to find the exact coffee I like the way we get in India! You are so right, Flat white every where they serve and mostly my classmates drink that! I am not a strong coffee fan but I guess Mocha will be my saviour. Can you tell me which one of these would be similar to the normal Indian coffee which is milky and not strong? I have regretted paying at starbucks and my drink was absolutely crap! Even the Cold Coffee which we get in India is so different here, firstly they call it Iced Coffee and it is more of Ice crushed and less milk or froth. I need help, which one would be similar to Indian Cold Coffee and a similar Hot Coffee the one normally people make at home.
    But, Yes thank you for this article.

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