9 Popular Types Of Coffee Explained


Coffee in its purest form, an espresso is just a single shot of coffee served straight to you. Not for beginners, this intense type of coffee is great for a pick me up and is extremely strong in flavour.


A macchiato is exactly the same as an espresso, but served with a dollop of foamed milk on top.


Great for chocolate lovers or newbies to coffee, mochas are basically a hot chocolate with coffee. They consist of an espresso shot, steamed milk, chocolate syrup and are often served with whipped cream.


One of the most popular types of coffee in the world, a cappuccino is made with an espresso shot, steamed milk and finished with a layer of foam (sometimes topped with cocoa powder).


Great for lovers of milk with their coffee, lattes are very similar to cappuccinos, but only have a small layer of froth on top. A skilled barista will be able to serve your drink with some artistic latte art on top.

Flat White

A flat white is exactly the same as a latte without the foam.

Long/Short Black

Also known as an Americano (depending on what part of the world you reside), a long/short black is basically an espresso shot with hot water. Long blacks have more hot water and are served in larger mugs than short blacks.


A piccolo is essentially a baby-sized latte. It’s made of all the same components and ratios, but is served in a small latte glass instead of a regular coffee mug.

Iced Coffee

Iced coffee is simply any type of coffee served chilled. Baristas will often use cold milk instead of steamed milk. Iced lattes and iced cappuccinos are the most popular types of iced coffee. This is a great summer option for coffee aficionados.

Want To Make A Few Additions?

Here are a few alterations you can make to your morning coffee:


Coffee made with skim milk instead of full-cream milk.

Half/Single/Double/Triple Shot

Refers to the number of espresso shots you want. More shots will equate to a stronger coffee taste and more powerful caffeine hit.


A coffee made with de-caffeinated coffee beans instead of regular coffee beans and has much less caffeine.


Half regular coffee and half de-caffeinated coffee.


A coffee made with soy milk instead of full-cream milk. A Great alternative for the lactose intolerant.

If you’re looking for a delicious cup of coffee, check out these Taree cafes that won’t disappoint.

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