10 Most Popular Coffee Picks You Need to Know
Coffee is a beverage enjoyed by many around the globe. However, not everyone drinks the same type of coffee. Even if the coffee is extracted from beans, some people enjoy Americano, some prefer latte, and others savor cappuccino. Coffee is delicious no matter how you drink it, but knowing each type’s different brewing methods and unique taste characteristics can enhance the experience. Let’s look at the various types of coffee that exist in the world.
Espresso is made by forcing hot, high-pressure water through finely ground coffee beans and serving it in a demitasse cup. This method was developed to extract coffee more quickly than traditional brewing methods, and it was first made in Milan, Italy, in the early 20th century. There is no right way to make espresso. Today, espresso is commonly used to refer to a strong, concentrated coffee made similarly.
Americano, which literally translates to “American coffee,” is a term used to describe coffee diluted in the American style from the European method of brewing espresso. The term “Americano” is not commonly used in the United States or Europe and is used mainly in Asia, including South Korea. In South Korea, it is the most popular menu item in coffee shops, especially iced Americano, which many prefer.
Cappuccino is a type of coffee with milk, made by pouring milk over espresso and then topping it with milk foam. The proportion of milk foam is more significant than that of milk, allowing you to taste the coffee more intensely than a latte. The name is derived from the Capuchin friars, a Catholic male monastic order, and it is said to have been named cappuccino because the color of the beverage resembles the color of the monks’ robes.
Macchiato means “stained” or “spotted” in Italian. Strictly speaking, this beverage, known as “cafe macchiato,” is made by spotting steamed milk on top of espresso. After making steamed milk, only the rose froth is used in the beverage, not the milk itself. The widely loved caramel macchiato is made by adding caramel syrup to a cafe macchiato.
Cafe Mocha is a coffee loved by those who prefer sweet coffee. It is made by adding chocolate to espresso and milk, and the chocolate is usually in the form of syrup or sauce. Depending on personal preference and the shop’s recipe, whipped cream may or may not be included. It was created in an attempt to replicate the flavor of the Mocha Matari coffee variety, which is known for its natural coffee aroma.
Vienna Coffee is notable for its lavish appearance and is a beverage made by topping a Cafe Americano with whipped cream. The contrasting colors of the black Americano on the bottom and the white whipped cream on top make this coffee visually appealing. Vienna Coffee, also known as Cafe Einspänner, originated from the desire to reduce the aversion to the black color of coffee that hinders the taste, and the recipe using whipped cream has become established.
Flat White is an espresso-based coffee drink popular in Australia and New Zealand. It is often called “Oceania coffee” based on its popularity in these regions. It is made by adding steamed milk to espresso, the key being that less milk is used than in lattes.
Cafe Latte, a combination of the Italian words for “coffee” (cafe) and “milk” (latte), is an American interpretation of the Austrian milk coffee cappuccino. It is characterized by a high proportion of milk compared to the amount of coffee.
Frappuccino is a term used to describe an iced drink made by blending with ice, and it is a trademark registered by Starbucks for its iced beverages. In the New England region of the United States, a milkshake with ice is called a “frappe,” and Frappuccino combines “frappe” and “cappuccino.” Initially, it was a seasonal drink aimed at the summer season, but now it has become a popular menu item sold all year round at Starbucks.
Affogato, espresso poured over soft ice cream, allows you to taste the coffee more intensely with the combination of cold and sweet ice cream and deep-flavored espresso. Various ice creams can be used, but when it comes to compatibility, vanilla ice cream is considered the most suitable ingredient for Affogato. It’s a menu item easily made and enjoyed at home, not just in coffee shops.
By. Deok Soo Choi