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Types of Espresso-Based Coffee Drinks

While clever baristas are always coming up with twists on common coffee staples, the most popular beverages are based on a shot or more of espresso and steamed milk with a layer of foam artistically placed on top. Cappuccino is among the most popular espresso-based drinks, but with some clever applications of milk and cream, they sky is the limit as to what you can create.


Some espresso machines allow you to manipulate the strength of your espresso with an adjustable pressure gauge and/or multiple frothing settings.

Here’s a look at six of the most popular coffee shop drinks you could be enjoying at your famous cafeteria or restaurant with the help of an espresso machine:

  • Cappuccino
    A double espresso with hot milk and a layer of froth or milk foam, cappuccino is often served with cinnamon or nutmeg sprinkled on top.

  • Caffè latte
    This is espresso with steamed milk. In some areas of Europe, caffè latte is known as café au lait.

  • Caffè Americano
    This strong drink is espresso with hot water added to taste.

  • Espresso con panna
    Literally translated, this Italian culinary delight is espresso with whipped cream.

  • Flat White
    This is steamed milk mixed in over a double shot of espresso.

  • Macchiato
    Order this if you want espresso with just a dollop of steamed milk.

The six beverages above represent the basics. By adding syrups, chocolate, liqueurs, and even tea, a clever home barista could potentially brew a different espresso drink every day of the week.

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