Different Kinds Of Coffee: Latte, Espresso, Cappuccino, Mocha, And Flat White

When it comes to enjoying a freshly brewed coffee you can choose from a wide variety. The most popular kinds of coffee are
● Latte ● Espresso ● Cappuccino ● Mocha ● Flat White

Let’s take an in-depth look at every option and find out what fits your taste.

Gallery: Latte, Espresso, Cappuccino, Mocha, And Flat White


Latte is the short form of the Caffe Latte. It is a coffee-based beverage that contains espresso and steamed milk. Its name comes from ​caffé e latte ​ which means ​coffee and milk ​ in Italian. The internationally-recognized recipe used to prepare a latte contains:

● One (or two) shot of espresso – 30 (60) ml

● Steamed milk – 210 (180) ml

The coffee is poured over the heated milk. The most popular variation of the latte is called ​iced latte ​ . It contains the same ingredients, but the milk is added without any prior heating. The espresso can sometimes be frozen in advance to avoid warming up the beverage.


Espresso is a type of coffee drink that is prepared using boiling water and fine-ground coffee beans. It is usually thicker and stronger than coffee brewed by other methods. Yet, because of the small serving size, the overall caffeine content is smaller compared to other coffee-based beverages.

The brewing process inflicts hot water being forced through compacted coffee. It is very important to use a fine-ground so that the aroma will spread evenly. This beverage is usually prepared using espresso machines.

Its name comes from the Italian word meaning ​express . It is a direct reference to the short time that is needed to prepare this beverage. The most popular variation of the espresso is called Freddo Espresso ​ and is a beverage created in Greece. However, the recipe is different. To prepare the cold version, you have to blend two shots of espresso with 2-3 ice cubes.


It is an espresso-based beverage that contains only two ingredients: espresso and steamed milk foam. Despite being very similar to the above-mentioned espresso, it is quite different because of the fact that steamed milk foam is used instead of heated milk.

The term cappuccino comes from ​Caputium ​ , a Latin word that means hood or headcover. The key aspect of a well-prepared cappuccino is the 2 cm thick milk foam on top of the beverage.

There are multiple variations around the world, the most popular being the Freddo Cappuccino. It is the cold version of a normal cappuccino.


Also referred to as ​caffé mocha ​ is a chocolate-flavored caffé latte. Its name comes from the city of Mocha, the center of early coffee trade in Yemen.

Its recipe is similar to the one used for the latte, but it also contains chocolate flavor and sweetener. It can be served either hot or iced.

The most popular variation of this type of coffee is the ​white caffé mocha ​ . The only significant difference is that white chocolate is used instead of milk. This beverage is served in a larger cup, up to 350ml.

Flat White

Flat white is an espresso-based coffee drink comparable to a latte. However, its volume is smaller compared to the volume of a normal latte. As a result, its caffeine content is bigger.

It also contains steamed milk foam. Yet, its foam is considerably thinner than a cappuccino or latte. The flat white was created in Australia in the 1980s. The first viable reference is related to a café that mentions a beverage called ​flat white coffee ​ .
The usual serving consists of about 175ml of beverage served hot.

Finally, you can view the chart below for a variety of other ways to have your coffee!