Coffee is an essential beverage all over the world. It’s what wakes many of us up in the morning and readies us to face the day. Some of us can’t concentrate without it, while others just find comfort in the smell of a hot cup of joe. Let’s take a look at the top 5 most popular coffee drinks.
The Americano is Europe’s answer to drip coffee (a purely American phenomenon). Simply take an espresso and add some water. You can drink it with milk or cream, but if you use high-quality espresso beans, try drinking it black. That way you’ll be able to appreciate the taste of the coffee.
A cappuccino is the perfect morning OR afternoon drink. It contains equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam. The creaminess of this drink also makes it an excellent after-dinner beverage or liquid dessert. If you’re lactose intolerant, substitute the dairy with a plant-based milk, like almond, soy or oat milk.
The magic ratio for a latte is 1:3. That is, one part espresso to three parts steamed milk. It’s one of the most popular and versatile caffeinated beverages, since you can add all sorts of flavors, like hazelnut or vanilla.
Many Americans are used to the Starbucks interpretation of the macchiato, which includes so much sugar and flavoring, you can hardly taste the coffee. An authentic macchiato is made from a shot of espresso with a bit of foamed milk on top.
Mocha is a chocolate-flavored latte. This is the perfect dessert drink for anyone who loves the coffee/chocolate combo. Jazz up this drink with whipped cream and chocolate shavings on top for the ultimate sweet treat.