Whether you’re catching up with friends, grabbing a quick lunch break, or enjoying an evening out, or perhaps working on a pressing project with a looming deadline or preparing for an exam – in all these scenarios, a cup of aromatic and revitalizing coffee is a must.

For coffee lovers, a day without this beverage is a disappointment. If you kick off each morning with a cup of coffee, you’re in the right spot!

This article is valuable for coffee enthusiasts seeking to familiarize themselves with the names of various coffee drinks in English.

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Presented below are various methods for making coffee. While you might be familiar with some of them, now you’ll gain knowledge on how to express them in English.



      This is a preferred coffee choice for those who enjoy a milder flavor. It involves the addition of milk and foam to coffee. Modern baristas, known as master coffee makers, can create intricate art in the foam atop the cappuccino. At times, their artwork is so delightful that it seems a shame to drink the cappuccino!

      Cappuccino, like other coffee varieties, originally hails from Italy.


      Coffee latte is also a popular option for those who prefer a less intense coffee. In fact, it contains more milk than coffee, resulting in a milder taste compared to, for instance, cappuccino.


      An Americano is similar to classic espresso but uses only half the amount of hot water, resulting in lower caffeine content.

      This coffee is named after its widespread popularity in the USA.


      Espresso appeals to those who enjoy robust coffee. It is a concentrated coffee served in a small cup, created by forcing hot water through a filter containing ground coffee.

      Iced Coffee

      All the previously mentioned coffee types were served hot, but what if you crave a cup of coffee on a scorching summer day?

      The solution is iced coffee! This beverage is crafted by adding cold milk and ice, allowing you to savor your preferred latte even when the weather is hot.

      Decaf (Decaffeinated Coffee)

      Decaf is coffee without caffeine, appealing to individuals who adore coffee but aspire to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, “true coffee lovers” are typically not fond of decaf!

      Caffeinated Coffee

      Coffee with caffeine is standard coffee, meaning it is not decaffeinated. It kick-starts your morning, aids concentration, and provides energy – an excellent remedy for drowsiness.

      Instant Coffee

      Sold as a powder that you mix with hot water, instant coffee is handy in situations where preparing traditional coffee is impractical, but you still need a boost of energy.

      Coffee Aficionado

      This term is reserved for individuals who cannot imagine life without coffee. They are genuine coffee connoisseurs, possessing extensive knowledge about coffee and typically opting for the finest varieties.

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      A barista is an employee in a café responsible for preparing and serving coffee.


      The aftertaste is the lingering flavor that remains in your mouth after consuming coffee. Each type of coffee has a distinctive aftertaste. This term is not exclusive to coffee and is also used in the context of food.

      What type of coffee do you favor?

      Ordering coffee in a cafe

      Here are some queries you may encounter from a café barista:

      1. Would you like it black?
      Interpretation: Do you prefer your coffee without milk and sugar?

      2. Do you favor skim milk?
      Interpretation: Would you like low-fat milk in your coffee? If you want regular milk, you can use the term “whole milk”:
      Example: I prefer whole milk, thanks.

      3. Do you lean towards half-and-half?
      Interpretation: Would you like a mixture of 50% coffee and 50% milk and foam?

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