45 Types of Coffee Shop Drinks: Pictures and Descriptions

Choosing a beverage that matches your taste and needs may get complicated.

Especially if you’re not familiar with the different types of coffee drinks, listed on the menus of coffee shops and cafes.

Furthermore, the names of most coffee beverages don’t tell much about what they’re made of. So one may get intimidated, and blindly choose a drink that seems most familiar.

Nevertheless, by being uninformed, you may be missing out on some great caffeinated beverages that best match your personal taste.

In this guide, you will find pictures and descriptions of various popular and not-so-common hot and iced coffee drinks.

So let’s dive in!

What are The Different Types of Coffee Shop Drinks?

In my list, I included a large variety of beverages that you can easily explore in detail by looking at pictures and reading descriptions.

So here’s a quick rundown of the types of coffee shop drinks:

  1. Espresso
  2. Ristretto
  3. Lungo
  4. Americano
  5. Long Black
  6. Americano Misto
  7. White Americano
  8. Iced Americano
  9. Freddo Espresso
  10. Caffè Latte
  11. Iced Caffè Latte
  12. Espresso Macchiato
  13. Topped-Up Espresso Macchiato
  14. Latte Macchiato
  15. Cappuccino
  16. Freddo Cappuccino
  17. Australian Cappuccino
  18. Spanish Latte
  19. Iced Spanish Latte
  20. Caffè Mocha
  21. Mochaccino
  22. Iced Mocha
  23. Marocchino
  24. Piccolo Latte
  25. Cortado
  26. Flat White
  27. Breve
  28. Affogato
  29. Shakerato
  30. Bicerin
  31. Caffè Leccese
  32. Viennese Coffee
  33. Brewed Coffee
  34. Cafè au Lait
  35. Caffè Misto
  36. Irish Coffee
  37. Red Eye
  38. Black Eye
  39. Turkish Coffee
  40. Greek Frappe
  41. Frappuccino
  42. Cold Brew
  43. Nitro Cold Brew
  44. Manually Brewed Coffee
  45. Babyccino

Getting familiar with the drinks’ names and characteristics has its advantages. The guide will help you feel more confident when ordering a cup of coffee no matter which part of the world you’re in.

I have included international coffee drinks with Italian, Spanish, and Australian origins. What’s more, you will find beverages, prepared through different types of brewing methods. This will give you a better understanding of how vast the world of coffee can actually be.

Even though the beverages have classic definitions that I’ve included, they may be differently interpreted at some coffee shops.

There’s variability in a drink’s serving size or topping options, but its fundamental characteristics would remain the same.

In the following paragraphs you can find descriptions of the different types of coffee drinks with pictures.

1. Espresso

Espresso description
Espresso is a staple beverage, used as a recipe component in many other common types of coffee shop drinks. It has Italian origins and is made by running hot water under pressure through a puck of finely ground coffee beans.

A regular espresso shot is between 25 ml. and 35 ml. (around 1 fl. oz.). It has a rich and intense flavor.

On its surface lays a nice crema layer of emulsified CO2 bubbles.

A shot of espresso, photographed from above

A single shot is made with a coffee dose of only 7 to 8 grams. Nevertheless, the drink is highly concentrated in terms of caffeine, because of the nature of the used extraction method. A shot of espresso generally contains between 60 milligrams and 80 milligrams of caffeine.

Athor’s Note: You can always order a double espresso instead of a single one. The double shot is made with a higher coffee dose of 14 to 16 grams and is between 50 and 60 ml.
Double Espresso
For more details, you can check out this post: Single vs. Double Espresso: Comparison.

2. Ristretto

Ristretto description
The ristretto is made just like the espresso, but with less water, which makes it an even more intense and concentrated in terms of flavor and caffeine coffee beverage.

To make a single ristretto shot a barista would again use 7 to 8 grams of coffee. Nevertheless, the yield would be 15 ml – 20 ml (around 0.5 fl. oz.).

3. Lungo

Lungo description
The lungo is also known as a long espresso shot and is made by letting more water pass through the puck of coffee. This results in a more diluted coffee drink with a volume of around 60 ml. (2 fl. oz.).

The lungo contains more caffeine compared to an espresso. After all, since more water passes through the grounds, more caffeine gets extracted.

Keep in mind that the volume of espresso, ristretto, and lungo shots may vary from one coffee shop to another.

If you want to learn more, check out my comprehensive comparison guide on Ristretto vs. Espresso vs. Lungo.
Lungo, espresso, and ristretto shots in a row

4. Americano

Americano description
An Americano is an espresso-based hot coffee drink that’s made by diluting an espresso shot with hot water.

It’s usually served in a cappuccino cup with a capacity of 5 fl. oz. to 7 fl. oz. (150 ml. to 200 ml.).

Related Post: Types of Coffee Mugs and Cups

The beverage originated in Italy in the 1950s. American soldiers who were stationed there, found the flavor of Italian espresso to be a bit too intense for their liking.

So they’d often ask for their shots to be diluted with around 150 ml. (5 fl. oz.) of hot water.
Diluting espresso with hot water to make an Americano coffee drink

This resulted in a drink that’s more akin to the popular in the US brewed drip coffee. That’s how the Americano was born.

5. Long Black

Long Black description
The Long Black is pretty much the same as the Americano. But instead of diluting the espresso with hot water, the barista would pull the shot over a cup, filled with hot water.
Pulling an espresso shot over a cup, filled with hot water
Compared to the Americano, the Long Black has a thicker crema layer. The more crema, the higher the aroma intensity and the stronger the flavor.

On that note, you can always skim the espresso crema off your coffee drink to reduce flavor intensity and perceived bitterness.

The Long Black is a popular coffee drink in New Zealand and Australia.

It’s often prepared with a double espresso shot instead of a single one.

6. Americano Misto

Americano Misto description
The Americano Misto is a 6 fl. oz. (180 ml.) coffee drink, made with a shot of espresso that is diluted with equal parts of hot water and steamed milk.

7. White Americano

White Americano description
The white Americano is made just like the regular one, but the coffee cup isn’t filled to the brim.

This leaves some extra space for you to add a bit of creamer or other coffee condiments.

8. Iced Americano

Iced Americano description
The Iced Americano is made by diluting a shot of espresso with cold water.

It’s served in a glass, filled with ice cubes.

9. Freddo Espresso

Freddo Espresso description
The Freddo Espresso is an iced coffee drink, made by mixing a double espresso shot and a tablespoon of sugar with a drink mixer.

The mixed shot is then poured into a tall glass over ice cubes.
The process of making a Freddo Espresso
Upon request, the Freddo Espresso can be made without added sugar.

During the process of mixing, the shot gets aerated which results in a drink with a satisfying foamy texture.

10. Caffè Latte

Caffè Latte description
The Caffè Latte is another one of the most popular hot coffee shop drinks.

It’s made with a shot of espresso and steamed/textured milk.

The Caffè Latte is usually served in a wide cup with a capacity of between 8 fl. oz. and 12 fl. oz. (240 ml. – 350 ml.).

The wide surface allows baristas to top off the coffee drink with beautiful latte art.

Caffè latte art pouring
Photo by Chevanon Photography from pexels.com
The beverage has a microfoam layer of around 1 cm (0.4 inches).

Its name originates from the Italian word “latte” which means “milk”. It makes sense, right?

If you order this popular coffee shop drink in the US, you can simply say “May I have a latte, please!”.

But if you’re in Italy always make sure you add the word “Caffè” to your order. This way you’ll avoid being served a plain cup of milk.

Even if you’re lactose intolerant or vegan, you can enjoy this delicious coffee drink, prepared with plant-based milk.

There are many protein-enriched barista-friendly milk alternatives.

You can enjoy a smooth latte, prepared with oat or almond milk, without compromising on flavor or mouthfeel.

Author’s Note: There are many types of flavored Caffè Latte drinks.

You can find them listed on the menus of most coffee shops.

The most common types are the Vanilla Latte and the Caramel Latte.

They are usually made by adding 1 fl. oz. (30 ml.) of flavored syrup to either the espresso or the milk before steaming it.

You would often see flavored lattes topped off with whipped cream and other add-ons.

These latte toppings are common in mainstream coffee shops such as Starbucks or Dunkin’.

It’s worth noting that tea lattes are also commonly listed on the menus of many cafes.

For instance, the matcha latte and the chai tea latte are both pretty popular specialty coffee shop drinks.
Homemade chai tea latte

Author’s Note: Did you know that many people love adding espresso to their tea lattes?

For instance, if you hear someone order a “dirty chai tea latte”, then the barista would add a shot to the flavorful tea beverage.

11. Iced Caffè Latte

Iced Caffè Latte description
The Iced Caffè Latte is a cold coffee drink, which consists of an espresso shot, diluted with cold milk, and it’s served in a tall glass with ice cubes.

Just like the classic hot Caffè Latte, the iced version can also be flavored with different syrups and coffee condiments.

I recommend checking out my iced honey vanilla latte recipe, as it’s one of my readers’ favorites. Even if you don’t have an espresso machine at home, you could easily make it and enjoy it.
Homemade iced honey vanilla latte

Related Post: How to Make Espresso Without a Machine? Top 5 Alternative Ways

12. Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato description
The Espresso Macchiato is made by topping off an espresso shot with 1 to 2 teaspoons of milk froth.

The drink is served in the classic espresso demitasse cup with a maximum capacity of 2 to 3 fluid ounces (60 to 90 milliliters).
Espresso macchiato, served in a demitasse cup
The word “macchiato” actually means “stained” in Italian.

The white stain on the surface of your espresso will mellow down its intensity and bitterness.

Nevertheless, you’ll still get to experience the richness of the intrinsic coffee bean flavors.

13. Topped-up Espresso Macchiato

Topped-up Espresso Macchiato description
If you want to have a macchiato that contains more milk foam on top, order the Topped-up Espresso Macchiato.

The barista would then add more frothed milk to fill up the demitasse cup to the brim.

14. Latte Macchiato

Latte Macchiato description
The Latte Macchiato is another common type of coffee drink, which is espresso-based. It’s made by pulling an espresso shot over a cup of steamed and frothed milk.

The coffee leaves a mark on the milk foam layer, which is why the drink name contains the word “macchiato”, which means “stained”/”marked” in Italian.
Latte Macchiato in double wall glass
Compared to the Latte, the Latte Macchiato has a thicker milk foam layer. It’s generally between 8 fl. oz. to 12 fl. oz. (240 ml. to 350 ml.).

It’s often served in a clear glass, as it lets you enjoy the fancy layered look of this coffee beverage.

15. Cappuccino

Cappuccino description
The Cappuccino is an espresso-based hot coffee drink, made with a shot of espresso and equal parts of steamed and frothed milk.

It’s usually served in a 5 fl. oz. to 8 fl. oz. (150 ml. to 240 ml.) cup.

When making a cappuccino, the barista will pour the milk over the espresso shot in a way that creates a white stain, circled by a brown coffee ring.
Cappuccino with brown ring and white milk stain on its surface
Nevertheless, at some coffee shops cappuccinos are served topped off with latte art.

Compared to the latte, the cappuccino usually contains less milk.

Therefore, it has a better-pronounced espresso flavor.

Furthermore, when compared to lattes, cappuccinos usually have a thicker milk foam layer.

There are different types of cappuccinos, depending on the amount of steamed milk and milk foam the drink contains.

A wet cappuccino contains more steamed milk and less milk foam compared to a regular cappuccino.

Respectively, a dry cappuccino has more milk foam and less steamed milk.

A bone-dry cappuccino is made by adding milk foam to an espresso shot.

Wet, dry, and bone-dry cappuccino

The latter is pretty similar to the aforementioned topped-up macchiato.

The only difference is that the bone-dry cappuccino is served in a larger cup.

More foam and less steamed milk results in a better-pronounced coffee flavor.

16. Freddo Cappuccino

Freddo Cappuccino description
The Freddo Cappuccino is made of double espresso, mixed and frothed cold milk, and ice cubes.

The double espresso shot is sometimes sweetened with a teaspoon of sugar.

The drink is prepared by pouring the shot into a glass over ice cubes, and then the milk is added.
Pouring cold milk foam over iced double espresso shot to make a Freddo Cappuccino

The cold milk gets frothy by mixing it with a drink mixer, such as this one by the brand Zulay.

The Freddo Cappuccino is the perfect summer drink that has a well-pronounced coffee flavor because of the double shot.

What’s more, it has a very satisfying texture because of the cold milk foam.

17. Australian Cappuccino

Australian Cappuccino description
The Australian Cappuccino is made just like the regular one, but it contains an additional ingredient – cocoa/cacao powder.

The cocoa is dusted over the espresso shot, and then the milk is poured over.

This adds a slight chocolate flavor to the drink, without overpowering it.

Furthermore, while the milk is being poured, the brown powder creates nice-looking patterns on the coffee drink’s surface.

18. Spanish Latte

Spanish Latte description
The Spanish Latte is made with a shot of espresso, steamed milk, and sweetened condensed milk. It’s around 10 fl. oz. (300 ml.).

To prepare this coffee drink, the barista pulls an espresso shot and then mixes the condensed and whole milk in a pitcher.

Then the milk gets steamed and frothed.

This results in a pleasantly sweet textured caffeinated beverage.

For a more intense espresso flavor, a double shot is added instead of a single one.

19. Iced Spanish Latte

Iced Spanish Latte description
The Iced Spanish Latte is a refreshing sweet coffee beverage, made of espresso, sweetened condensed milk, whole milk, and ice cubes.

20. Caffè Mocha

Caffè Mocha description
Speaking of sweet espresso-based beverages, the popular Caffè Mocha (or Mocha Coffee) is one of the most popular types of coffee shop drinks.

It’s made of a shot of espresso, 1 fl. oz. (30 ml.) chocolate sauce, and steamed and frothed milk.

It’s served in an 8 fl. oz. (240 ml.) to 12 fl. oz. (350 ml) cup.

The only thing that sets apart this coffee beverage from the Caffè Latte is its chocolate component.

In mainstream coffee shops, such as Starbucks, Mochas are often topped off with whipped cream, chocolate drizzle, or cocoa.
Dark Chocolate Caffè Mocha Toppings
The drink may also be prepared with 5 to 8 grams of cocoa powder and a teaspoon of sugar, instead of chocolate sauce.

Furthermore, there is variability in the preparation method.

At some coffee shops, they’d add chocolate sauce to the milk pitcher before steaming and frothing. This lets the sauce dissolve nicely.

It’s worth noting that white chocolate mocha drinks are also commonly listed on the menus of coffee shops.

To make things clearer, keep in mind that whenever you see the word “mocha”, added to the name of a coffee beverage, then it definitely contains a chocolate component.

21. Mochaccino

Just like the Mocha, the Mochaccino is made with espresso, steamed and frothed milk, and chocolate sauce.

Nevertheless, the latter is a smaller drink, served in a 5 fl. oz. to 8 fl. oz. cup (150 ml. to 240 ml.).

The Mochaccino can be described as a chocolate-flavored Cappuccino and the Mocha – as a chocolate-flavored Caffè Latte.

22. Iced Mocha

Iced Mocha Coffee description
If you want to enjoy a sweet coffee drink with chocolate flavor on a hot summer day, get an Iced Mocha.

It contains an espresso shot, cold milk, dark chocolate sauce, and ice cubes.

Iced White Chocolate Mochas are also commonly offered at coffee shops and cafes.

If you want you can easily make one of these iced caffeinated beverages at home.

You can find out how in my step-by-step white and dark chocolate mocha iced coffee recipes.

23. Marocchino

Marocchino description
The Marocchino is a type of espresso-based coffee drink that you wouldn’t often come across.

It is made with an espresso shot, chocolate sauce, cocoa powder, and steamed and frothed milk.

It has a thin microfoam layer on its surface and it’s often topped off with latte art.

Nevertheless, this tiny drink is served in a small 4.5 fl. oz. (130 ml.) Gibraltar glass.

Two Marocchino coffee drinks, served in Gibraltar glasses

Compared to the Mocha and the Mochaccino, the Marocchino is more concentrated and intense in terms of flavor.

If you want to find out more about it, you can check out my full Marocchino coffee guide.

You may also stumble upon some variations of this drink.

These include the Marocchino Freddo, and the Marocchino Caldo.
Marocchino Freddo and Marocchino Caldo

24. Piccolo Latte

Piccolo Latte, also known as Mezzo-Mezzo, description
The Piccolo Latte is another small coffee drink that’s usually served in a 4.5 oz (130 ml.) Gibraltar glass.

“Piccolo” means “small” in Italian. Therefore, the Piccolo Latte is a small Caffè Latte.

Just like the classic Caffè Latte, the Piccolo is usually topped off with beautiful latte art and has a nice microfoam layer on its surface.

This drink is perfect for those who want to quickly enjoy a small coffee drink with milk that has a pronounced espresso flavor.

In some places, the Piccolo is prepared with a ristretto instead of a regular espresso shot.

It’s worth noting that the Piccolo Latte is also known by the name Mezzo Mezzo.

At some coffee shops the Piccolo Latte is served in an espresso/demitasse cup.
Piccolo Latte, served in a demitasse double-walled glass

25. Cortado

Cortado descritpion
The Cortado is a Spanish coffee drink that lets you enjoy the perfect balance between espresso and milk.

It’s served in a small glass (usually Gibraltar, 4.5 fl. oz./130 ml.) and consists of equal parts of espresso and steamed milk.
Cortado, served in a Gibraltar glass
At most coffee shops, the Cortado is made with a double espresso shot (around 2 fl. oz./ 60 ml.) and 2 fl. oz. (60 ml) of steamed milk.

It has a very thin microfoam layer on top.
Cortado and piccolo latte coffee shop drinks

26. Flat White

Flat White description
The Flat White is a popular espresso-based coffee drink that consists of a double ristretto (or espresso) shot and steamed milk.

It has a thin microfoam layer of around 0.2 in (0.5 cm) on top.

By standards, Flat White’s volume varies within the range of 5 fl. oz. and 8 fl. oz. (150 ml. and 240 ml.).

Compared to the classic Caffè Latte and Cappuccino, the Flat white has less foam and more espresso.

Because of the double shot, this common beverage is more caffeinated and has a better-pronounced coffee flavor.

We could say that the Flat White is a large Cortado. After all, both drinks are made with a double shot and have less microfoam. Nevertheless, the larger version isn’t made with equal parts of coffee and milk.

If you want to learn more about this coffee drink and how it was invented, check out my Flat White drink guide.

27. Breve

Breve Coffee description
The Breve is a coffee drink, made with an espresso shot and equal parts of steamed and frothed half-and-half.

It’s usually served in a classic cappuccino cup with a capacity of 5 fl. oz. to 8 fl. oz. (150 ml. to 240 ml.).

The half-and-half adds satisfying creaminess to the drink that many coffee lovers would enjoy.

28. Affogato

Affogato description
The Affogato is made by pouring an espresso shot over a ball of vanilla ice cream.

It’s a drink that is traditionally served in a footed dessert glass.
You can easily make delicious Affogato at home with Moka pot coffee instead of espresso.

Play around with the ice cream flavors until you find the best match for your taste.

I love making affogatos with Stracciatella gelato.
Affogato coffee description
You can check out my guide on how to make this dessert-like Affogato drink.

Author’s Note: At Starbucks the term “affogato” means that the espresso shot is poured last.

If you order an iced vanilla latte affogato, the barista will first add the flavored milk into a cup with ice cubes, and then pour the shot into the cup. This results in a nicely layered iced coffee beverage, such as the Iced Honey Latte, seen in the photo below:
Iced honey latte
Click here to check out the recipe.

29. Shakerato

Caffè Shakerato description
The Shakerato is a cold coffee beverage, which consists of two simple ingredients – a double espresso shot and 0.5 oz. (15 g.) of sugar syrup.

What makes this beverage special is the way it’s prepared.

The espresso and sugar syrup are mixed and shaken with ice, then strained into a martini glass.

The shaking aerates the drink while cooling it off.
Espresso Shakerato in a martini glass
The Shakerato has a very satisfying flavor and nice texture. It has a thin espresso foam layer on its surface, which is a result of the aeration.

If you don’t want your cold espresso drink sweetened, you can ask the barista to exclude the sugar syrup from the Shakerato preparation.

At some Starbucks locations, you can find different interpretations of the Shakerato coffee drink, such as:

  • Shakerato Bianco.
    Shakerato Bianco description
  • Deconstructed Shakerato Bianco.
    Deconstructed Shakerato Bianco description

30. Bicerin

Bicerin Coffee description
The Bicerin is a delicious hot coffee drink with Italian origins.

It’s made with 2 fl. oz. (60 ml) of Italian hot chocolate, an espresso shot, and lightly whipped cream.

It’s usually served in a footed glass with a spoon on the side.
Bicerin coffee drink description
The key ingredient of this espresso-based beverage is thick Italian-style hot chocolate.

You can find out how to make it here.

The Bicerin is part of the menu of some Starbucks Reserved coffee shops.

Nevertheless, Starbucks has tweaked the original recipe a bit. Here are two examples:

  • Starbucks’ Chocolate Bicerin.
    Starbucks Chocolate Bicerin
  • Starbucks’ Pistachio Bicerin.
    Starbucks Pistachio Bicerin

31. Caffè Leccese

Caffè Leccese description
Caffè Leccese, also known as Caffè alla Salentina, is an iced espresso-based coffee drink, made of an espresso shot, 0.5-0.6 fl. oz (15 ml to 20 ml) of almond milk syrup and 5-6 ice cubes.

If you want to learn more about the Caffè Leccese, its origins, and how to make it, check out this post.

32. Viennese Coffee

Viennese Coffee description
Viennese Coffee is an espresso-based coffee drink with Austrian origins. It is made of an espresso shot, generously topped with whipped cream and cocoa powder (or chocolate shavings). It’s traditionally served in a footed glass with a handle.

At some coffee shops, Viennese Coffee would be made with a double espresso shot. At others, the espresso is diluted with hot chocolate.

This type of coffee drink isn’t widely spread in the US. Nevertheless, you will often find it listed on the menus of European cafes.

33. Brewed Coffee

Brewed coffee description
Brewed coffee is listed on the menus of most busy coffee shops, cafes, and hotels.

In its essence, it is batch-brewed filter coffee, prepared in drip coffee makers.

Filter coffee is usually stored in thermal or glass carafes on top of the machine’s heater plate.

The coffee is usually prepared with a coffee-to-water ratio of 1:15 to 1:20. This results in the classic American-style brew.

Brewed coffee is usually served in a 6 fl. oz. to 8 fl. oz. (180 ml to 240 ml) mug and it’s the most common type of coffee drink across the United States.

34. Cafè au Lait

Cafè Au Lait description
The Cafè au Lait is a coffee drink with French origins.

It is made of brewed coffee and steamed milk.

The Cafè Au Lait is traditionally served in a 13 fl. oz. (380 ml.) bowl with no handles.

This allows the French to dip their classic baguette or croissant into the beverage.

With that being said, in most coffee shops around the US, the coffee drink is served in regular cups and coffee mugs.

The Cafè au Lait is usually made with coffee from a drip coffee machine, but it can also be prepared with French press coffee, or other manual brewers, such as the AeroPress.

35. Caffè Misto

Caffè Misto description
The Caffè Misto is a coffee drink that consists of 50% steamed milk and 50% brewed coffee.

Its serving size varies from one coffee shop to another.

It’s pretty similar to the Cafè au Lait. Therefore you will rarely see both drinks listed on the same coffee shop menu.

36. Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee description
Irish Coffee is a popular alcoholic coffee beverage that consists of 1 shot of Irish Whiskey (1.5 fl. oz./44 ml.), 4 fl. oz. (120 ml.) of brewed coffee, and 1 teaspoon of sugar. It’s topped off with 1.5 fl. oz. (44 ml.) of chilled cream.

Irish coffee is traditionally served in a footed glass without a spoon.

So to consume it, you need to take a sip through the cream.

37. Red Eye

Red Eye description
The Red Eye is a coffee drink that combines the worlds of espresso and brewed coffee.

It’s pretty simple. To prepare it, the barista adds an espresso shot to a cup of brewed coffee.

As you may have guessed, this results in a highly caffeinated beverage.

38. Black Eye

Black Eye description
If you need an even stronger caffeine kick, you can always order a Black Eye. It’s a coffee drink, made with brewed coffee and 2 shots of espresso.

Author’s Note: Keep in mind that caffeine overconsumption may lead to negative side effects.

The FDA recommends limiting daily caffeine intake to 400 mg. for healthy individuals.

For reference, a shot of espresso usually contains 60 mg to 80 mg of caffeine, and an 8 fl. oz. (240 ml) cup of brewed coffee may contain over 200 mg (95 mg on average, according to the USDA).

For more details on which are the most caffeinated types of coffee, check out this article.

39. Turkish Coffee

Turkish coffee description
Speaking of caffeine-concentrated beverages, we should mention Turkish Coffee.

It’s also known as “ibrik coffee” and it’s made with the finest grind, known to coffee brewing. The grind is almost powder-like, which results in highly concentrated coffee in terms of caffeine and flavor.

As with all coffee drinks, there is variability in the way Turkish coffee is prepared at different places.

With that being said, the preparation process usually involves simmering 1 heaping teaspoon of coffee grounds in 2 fl. oz. (60 ml.) of water in a cesve (also known as an ibrik in the West). A teaspoon of sugar is often added as well.

After bringing the coffee to a simmer once (or several times) it is poured from a height into a cup. The pouring produces foam on the drinks’ surface.

The coffee grounds aren’t filtered. They are left to settle to the bottom of the cup.

Author’s Note: Intriguingly, Turkish coffee has been used for fortune-telling for centuries.

After finishing a cup, the left coffee grounds in your cup draw a picture. The patterns, created by the coffee grounds, can be read by fortunetellers, who could discern past events and predict your future.

40. Greek Frappe

The Greek Frappe is an iced coffee drink, made of 1 teaspoon of instant coffee, 1 teaspoon of sugar, water, ice cubes, and optionally – milk.
Greek Frappe, prepared with milk
The instant coffee gets mixed with a bit of water by either using a drink mixer or a shaker. This creates a stable coffee foam.

Ice cubes are added to the foam, and then it gets diluted with either water or milk.

You can check out my Greek Frappe recipe with photos for more details on how to prepare this iced coffee drink.

The Greek Frappe is quite similar to another coffee drink that went viral in 2020 – Dalgona coffee.
Dalgona - whipped coffee drink
You can check out my Dalgona Coffee Recipe here.

41. Frappuccino

Frappuccino description
The Frappuccino is an iced and blended drink that is trademarked by Starbucks.

Coffee Frappuccinos are made of Frap roast (instant coffee, dissolved in water), milk, flavored syrups, and ice cubes, all gone through a blender.

The drink has a nice texture and it’s often topped off with whipped cream and other add-ons, such as chocolate drizzle.

There are many types of Frappuccino beverages that you can find at Starbucks. Some of them are caffeine-free, such as the Strawberry Frappuccino.

Related post: Caffeine-Free Starbucks Drinks.

Some of the popular Frappuccino staples are the Mocha Frappuccino and the Caramel Frappuccino.
Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino, topped off with whipped cream and caramel drizzle

When it comes to flavors – the options are virtually limitless.

Furthermore, Starbucks offers seasonal Frappuccino beverages. For example, in the fall they release their Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino.
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

Frappuccinos are quite popular, because they’re delicious, sweet, flavorful, and have a nice thick texture that many enjoy. The thickness is achieved through the use of a thickening ingredient – xanthan gum.

I have many homemade copycat Frappuccino recipes on my blog. If you’re more of a tea fan, you can also find out how to make a matcha frap here.

Even if you’re not at Starbucks, you could order a very similar to the Frappuccino drink at many other coffee shops.

Said drinks are often listed on menus under the name “frappe”.

If you want to learn more about the Frappuccino, the frappe, and their origins, you can check out their comparison here.

42. Cold Brew

Cold brew description
Another popular type of coffee drink that is present on many coffee shop menus is the Cold Brew.

Its name comes from the nature of its preparation method.

The coffee is made by infusing the grounds in cold water for 12 to 24 hours. This results in a smooth cup with satisfying flavor and lower perceived acidity.

Cold Brew is prepared in batches of concentrated coffee. If you order a serving, the barista would dilute the concentrate with milk, ice, or cold water.

It’s actually easy to make cold brew coffee at home, as this brewing method is quite forgiving.

Furthermore, you can play around with how you dilute the concentrate.

Related Post: Cold Brew Coffee Drinks: Best Ways to Serve Your Concentrate.

What’s more, cold brew can also be served hot, but that’s not a common practice, especially in coffee shops.

43. Nitro Cold Brew

Nitro cold brew
Some specialty coffee shops offer cold brew coffee, infused with nitrogen.

This drink is known as Nitro Cold Brew and has a unique texture and creamy mouthfeel.

Unlike regular cold brew, it usually doesn’t contain ice.

In case you see this drink, listed on a coffee shop menu, do not hesitate to order one. You won’t regret trying it out.

44. Manually Brewed Coffee

In most coffee shops, and even more so in those which are targeted at specialty coffee fans, you can find a variety of manual brewing methods, listed on the menu.
Manually brewed coffee devices - Chemex, Syphon, AeroPress, French Press, Hario V60

Usually, these include:

Don’t shy away from exploring these types of coffee drinks, even if you’re not familiar with their names

Each manual brewing method will give you a different coffee experience.

For example, French press coffee has a fuller body, compared to pour-over devices that use paper filters, such as the Hario V60. Contrarily pour-over devices that use paper filters are better at delivering a clean cup with a complex, yet balanced flavor. The Chemex and the Hario are exceptional brewers that can bring out all the subtle flavor notes of the coffee beans.

The brew quality and overall result also depend on the brewing technique of the barista.

What’s more, at most places where manual brewing methods are offered, the coffee specialist behind the counter is more than glad to shed some light on the differences between these manual devices and the coffee they produce.

45. Babyccino

As a final entry on my coffee drink guide, I chose a caffeine-free coffee shop beverage.

The Babyccino is a drink that contains no coffee and is made of steamed and textured milk.

It’s sprinkled with cocoa/cacao powder.

It may also contain 0.5 oz. (15 g) of chocolate sauce.

The Babyccino is usually served in a cappuccino cup with a capacity of 5 fl. oz. (150 ml.).

It’s targeted at kids, as it allows little ones to have their own “coffee” drink, while the parents enjoy the grown-up version.

For more information on the Babyccino and a full recipe with photos, visit this guide.

Final Words

I hope that you found this coffee shop drinks guide informative.

There are actually many other caffeinated beverage variations that you can stumble upon. Nevertheless, I made sure to cover the basics, while also showing you different fancy drinks that you may not have heard of.

Leave me a comment below and share what’s your favorite entry on this list. I’d love to find out!

Furthermore, if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

3 thoughts on “45 Types of Coffee Shop Drinks: Pictures and Descriptions”

  1. You are the best! We are impressed! With a lot of work and everything described in detail! Well done Vessy, Admirations from us, the Kasabov family!


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