This is the ultimate list of top 15 espresso drinks you can order in America :)
What makes it possible for espresso to transform into so many different coffee variations, is its pureness. Espresso is extracted in such a way that each coffee bean characteristic is kept – full taste, beautiful aroma and its strength. When you take something good and try to improve it, the only thing you can make is something even better. This is why we can create a true delicacies just by adding different ingredients or making small changes in brewing steps. And this is exactly how cappuccino, lungo, americano and all other coffee drinks were born.
Check the list below and find out why is your favorite coffee so good.
Besides espresso coffee, cappuccino is one of the most popular beverages in the USA. It is made from espresso and frothed milk.
The main characteristic of cappuccino coffee is lovely, airy foam on top of it. Although you can notice the strength of espresso in this drink, it’s still much softer. But, what really makes this drink so special is that luxury and enjoyable foam.
If you ever wondered why people are struggling with those tiny cups and what’s inside of them, here is the answer: it’s coffee ristretto.
Ristretto is the purest espresso drink. This beverage is made from short, single shot espresso. If you order ristretto coffee, you will have the opportunity to feel a complete taste, aroma and fullness of each coffee bean.
The reason is that it is brewed in very short time with the smallest amount of water. Don’t forget to drink it with a glass of water since it is very strong.
Well, here is one true delicacy. Although it is not a very happy choice in the morning, it is perfect for some other occasions.
Affogato is in fact ice cream with coffee. It is made from one scoop of vanilla ice cream and espresso coffee poured over it. It is a perfect choice if you like your sweets in liquid condition.
This popular beverage is not very different from its original. Macchiato is prepared from espresso with just a little milk on the top. This milk usually looks like stain, and it is the reason why this coffee is called macchiato in the first place (macchiato means stain or spot in Italian). If you love a strong cup of coffee, besides classic espresso and ristretto, this drink is a good choice.
Depending on the coffee shop, your macchiato can be served differently – with a milk stain on top of it or milk in the form of foam. Either way, you’ll get a quality cup of waking coffee.
Once again, a good choice for strong coffee lovers. Although doppio coffee is brewed with the same amount of water as standard espresso, the difference is that two shots are extracted instead of one. Drinking doppio is very similar to drinking ristretto, but you will need more than a blink of an eye to finish your coffee.
What makes Americano so popular is that it is a good replacement for classic drip coffee. The Americano preparation method is simple.
One shot of espresso is brewed and hot water is poured over it. You can also order a two shot americano, if you like your coffee strong. Because of the large amount of water (5 to 6oz) Americano’s taste is much similar to American drip coffee than to espresso. If you love large coffee with many sips, it’s a good choice.
Lungo coffee is something between standard espresso and Americano coffee. It is prepared as a classic espresso but it is brewed with twice as much water than for standard espresso. The taste is also somewhere between. Although it lets you feel the aroma and taste, it is very soft.
One really tasty coffee. It is prepared from espresso shot, chocolate syrup, steamed milk and whipped cream. Sometimes it is served with foam on top (like cappuccino) instead of cream.
Still, mocha with no cream somehow just isn’t a complete mocha. If you love chocolate, long talks and delicious coffee, mocha is the perfect choice. You should know that mocha usually has more calories than other coffee drinks, so, try not to order it each time you visit a coffee shop.
# 9 Latte
If you always add milk to your drip coffee, coffee latte should probably be your first choice. This coffee is made from espresso shot or two and significant amount of steamed milk. It resembles the espresso taste, but it has a nice creamy structure and softness. So, it’s always a good choice to order a latte.
#10 Red eye coffee
Red eye coffee is made when espresso is poured into the regular drip coffee. Although it has interesting taste, I am not a fan of it since, in my opinion, it is not a very good combination. It’s just that aroma is confusing, you can’t tell what you’re drinking – is it drip coffee or espresso. The most attractive thing about this coffee is its name.
#11 Flat white coffee
Flat white is prepared from a single or double shot of espresso with little more steamed milk on top of it. It has nice texture and it is pretty tasty, so it can be a good replacement for latte coffee.
When you add a little hot milk over freshly brewed espresso you will get cortado coffee. Cortado has the strength of espresso coffee but it has less acidic taste.
The milk is added exactly for this reason. Most people can’t really taste the difference between cortado and a macchiato. There is a small difference in milk ratios and ways of serving, but in fact these are two very similar coffee drinks.
Coffee breve is also one of the coffee latte variations. The main difference is that, instead of steamed milk, we use a mixture or milk and cream. This mixture is called half-and-half because it uses the 50:50 proportion of milk and cream. Different from cortado, breve is a little more unique.
#14 Espresso con panna
Espresso con panna is one of my top recommendations. It’s prepared from a single or double espresso shot with a lot of whipped cream over it. It is simpler than mocha coffee and it tastes great.
The good thing about espresso con panna is that you’re getting a full espresso taste while the whipped cream gives a gourmet pleasure.
#15 Long black coffee
The long black is prepared when you brew espresso in a cup with hot water inside. The taste is very similar to Americano, but a little more flavored. Long black has a nice cream on the top which is the main difference between these two beverages.
Which one is your favorite?!