Espresso Coffee Drinks – Cappuccino, Latte, Mocha and more.

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Vanilla latte in a tall glass

If you love those great coffee drinks you buy in coffee shops and want to make them at home, here’s where you’ll find out how to make them.

Of course, you will need an espresso machine, because the basis of all these drinks is espresso.

If you don’t have an espresso machine, check out our home espresso machine page.

If you do, go straight in and try one or all of the following solutions.

With each recipe, you will first prepare an espresso, and then you will steam milk in a jug. When steamed, the pot with foam on top and steamed hot milk below.

In case you’re just starting out, let’s start with a photo of a single espresso, with a nice creme on top.


A single shot of espresso, with a nice cream on top.

And now for the espresso-based drinks themselves, in no particular order.


Cup of cappuccino.
Lavazza CappuccinoCappuccino is often served with much less milk froth on top.

Equal parts of espresso, steamed milk and milk froth. If desired, sprinkle with ground chocolate, cinnamon or nutmeg.

Coffee with milk

Café Latte served on an outdoor terrace after lunch

Caffé Latté is similar to cappuccino but with less froth and more steamed milk. A latte is made by retaining the foam with a spoon while pouring the milk foam from the steaming pitcher. The caffé latte is completed by being covered with a small amount of foam.

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Caffé Mocha

Caffe Moka

Mocha coffee is made by adding powdered or chocolate syrup to a hot, blended espresso. Steamed milk is then added to the mixture and covered with whipped cream.

Espresso Macchiato

Macchiato Espresso Cup.

Espresso Macchiato starts with a shot of espresso, then a small amount of frothed milk is poured instantly. Macchiato means “marked” in Italian, which means that the espresso is marked with foam.

Hazelnut coffee

Hazelnut coffee

Cortado is common in Spain and Portugal, as well as in various Latin American countries. You do this with a glass of espresso cut with about an equal part of hot milk. A cortado is usually served in a small glass with very little or no foam.

Espresso with cream

Espresso with cream

This is a shot or double shot of espresso with whipped cream instead of the usual steamed milk you get with other espresso drinks. It takes its name from Con Panna which means “with cream”.

american coffee

Caffe Americano with milk on the side

Caffé Americano is similar to regular brewed coffee. It is made with a single or double shot of espresso combined with 6 to 8 ounces of hot water from an espresso machine.

Coffee with milk

Similar to Caffe Latte, except a pudding is made with brewed coffee instead of espresso. In addition, the milk / coffee ratio is 1: 1, which results in a much less intense taste.


Gibraltar coffee

Named after the glass it’s served in – not the rock – the Gibraltar is a double espresso with a little frothed milk. The milk is frothed in the same way as for a latte. It is taller than a macchiato and shorter than a cappuccino. Great for a small dose of caffeine when you’re in a rush.

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3 espresso-based coffee drinksBottom left … a Macchiato, Latte and Cappuccino.

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