Espresso, cappuccino, mocha or American, you will learn here more about your favorite coffee drink.
Hot Coffee Drinks
We all love to drink coffee, it doesn’t matter the season, hot coffee drinks can be made any time and all are good, but do you know the difference between an espresso and a cappuccino?
If you are a beginner and you would like to drink for the first time a new type of coffee, you might want to know how it’s made, you will find how each one of the most popular coffee drinks are made on this hot coffee guide.
An espresso is a strong black coffee with is served in a small cup called a demitasse.
Espresso is coffee brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans. (Wikipedia)
Espresso is a result of the pressurized brewing process, the flavors and chemicals in a typical cup of espresso are very concentrated. Espresso is also the base for other drinks such as cappuccino, coffee latte and more.
Espresso has more caffeine than most of the coffee drinks that are made with espresso as a base, this is why an espresso serving is always smaller than the other coffee drinks.
Traditionally a cappuccino is viewed as a drink that should only be consumed in the morning.
A cappuccino is an Italian coffee drink and it’s prepared with espresso and steamed milk.
A variation for the cappuccino is to use cream instead of milk, some people preferences will add a pinch of cinnamon or chocolate on the top.
Cappuccino is always smaller in size than the latte, and in most of the times it will have cream foam on the top of it.
The name of this coffee drinks comes from the cappuccino friars, referring to the color of their habits, as you know this color is the result of adding some milk to an espresso.
It’s known that this coffee drink has its origins in Italy and it was known by the rest of the world until the years 1930s, it has become one of the most popular coffee drinks in the world and it is often served in small coffee shops.
Latte means “coffee milk”, this coffee is made with espresso coffee and steamed milk.
In English to call this coffee drink is latte and it comes from the coffee latte that means coffee with milk.
It’s know that in Scandinavia or northern Europe it’s called to this kind of coffee drink “café au lait”, and it’s made with a combination of espresso with hot milk.
In Italy it’s also well known this coffee drink and it’s called caffelatte, and it’s made with espresso with steamed milk.
To make a mocha you will need an espresso plus hot milk, sometimes it’s made with steamed milk.
Its origins will take you to Italy, where this coffee drink was first served, it’s know that is made with a base of a espresso with milk, better known as a cappuccino.
To make a “mocha” you need always to add some chocolate, typically in the form of sweet cocoa powder.
For this reason we could say, a mocha is a coffee drink that instead of adding hot milk to an espresso it was added a hot chocolate drink.
It’s known to be served always with a dash of sweet cocoa on the top so it’s easy to identify.
An Americano is always prepared with adding hot water to an espresso.
The strength of an Americano will depends on how many shots of espresso you add to your coffee drink
Interested to read more about coffee drinks: