Understanding the Different Varieties of Coffee

Coffee is one of the most refreshing and rejuvenating beverages which is popular all over the world. But it is at times very difficult to understand the precise difference between the various types of coffee. Some of the major distinctive flavors can be described as below:

Americano Coffee: This is an instant classic American styled, straight black coffee topped up with water. There is always a choice of having it with hot or cold milk. It is one of the lowest-calorie coffee options. One can also drink an Americano either black, with hot and cold milk or with cream too.

Cafe Latte: It is more calorie than the normal Americano yet it has world wide popularity. It is prepared by making an espresso shot in a large cupo or mug and topping it off with aerated hot milk. It is generally in a hazelnut color and is perfect for adding flavored syrups. This coffee can be made semi-skimmed, skimmed or with soya milk.

Cappuccino: This is probably the most famous and popular beverage in the world. It is made similar to the latte but is topped half by aerated milk and the other half by more solid, foamed milk. Coffee chips and flakes are also added to it to provide an extra delicious taste. They can also be made in skimmed, semi-skimmed and soya milk.

Espresso: This is the simplest and strongest form of coffee and it is served in small quantities. It is a perfect good morning drink. As it is strong, it is advised to be taken after the meal.

Mocha: This is an indulgence which is savored by most coffee lovers. This drink contains both chocolate and coffee. It is made similarly to the latte wherein the chocolate is mixed with espresso and topped up with aerated milk. At times, chocolate sprinkles are also added to give an extra flavor to it.

Macchiato: This type of coffee also has some semblance of latte in it as it contains an espresso shot, topped with a small scoop of more solid aerated hot milk.
Decaf: One of the popular varieties of coffee for people who like to stay away from those high calories. Decaf is more popular with people who are looking out to reduce their weight and are mightily health conscious.

Skinny Coffee: This refers to a skinny version of the drink which is made from skimmed rather than semi-skimmed milk or whole milk. It is more favored by weight-conscious people.

Flavored Syrups: A multiple variety of syrups are available which are used to add flavor to the coffee. Some of the flavors include vanilla, caramel, hazelnut and cinnamon along with many others.

Coffee is thus available in different sizes and can be consumed in many variants. A smaller size of the coffee consists of one shot and a larger one may have two or three shots. Likewise Single Espresso refers to a single shot while Double Espresso has two. The coffee can be made stronger and more refreshing by adding an extra shot to it. On the contrary, a strong coffee can be made weaker by having a single shot in a larger size.


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