Visit any hip, independent coffee shop nowadays – you know the sort: they’ve probably got a chalkboard out front that has something like, “better latte than never” or “drink espresso so you’re not depresso” scrawled on it – and you’re going to be bombarded with options.
Yes, the outside will be all pared-back and brutalist with a nice Sans Serif font but, inside, you’ll find an anaconda-ing queue of tetchy, under-caffeinated people and an extensive list of different coffee drinks that reads like an Italian cryptic crossword. There’ll be Lattes, Flat Whites, Cortados, Americanos, Espressos, Cappuccinnos, Mochas, and more. Trying to parse that glut of options can be overwhelming, to say the least. So much so that you might often find yourself panicking and fumbling for the first coffee drink that you read or simply copying the order of the person in front of you. That’s obviously not ideal and can really interrupt the zen of your morning coffee routine.
So whether you’re a black Americano-and-make-it-snappy kind of person or a big fan of a sugary sweet Orange Mocha Frappucino, this beginner’s guide to all the most common coffee drinks will tell you all about the styles of coffee that you’re going to encounter out in the wild.