As a regular coffee drinker it is easy to drink the same coffee style day after day. If you are a little bored with your daily coffee or just want to try something new, read on.
Here we share 10 different kinds of coffee drinks you may have never heard of, until now.
Whether you brew your coffee at home, or buy it at your local cafe, these unique types of coffee drinks will change up you daily coffee fix.
1. Magic Coffee
We think all different types of coffee drinks are magic, but there is actually a coffee style called a “Magic”. Originating in Melbourne, Australia, this is one of the best secret coffee drinks to try if you are looking for a new, strong, milk based coffee.
The milk is slightly cooler in temperature than a latte and has less milk than a regular latte so you can drink it quickly. This is the perfect coffee for those on the go looking for a strong and quick pick me up.
The Magic coffee drink is now on many cafe menus in Australia. But be prepared to explain this coffee style to baristas until it is as popular in your local area as it is in Australia.
If you want to try the Magic, head into one of the Bluestone Lane Coffee Shops across the country where the Magic is on the coffee menu.
2. Piccolo Latte
Also known as a baby latte, a piccolo coffee is another small milk coffee drink for people who don’t enjoy black coffee or prefer to drink less milk during the day.
A Piccolo espresso is a single shot of espresso, topped with textured milk and served in a 3 ounce demitasse (espresso) glass. Smaller than both a Cortado coffee and a Gibraltar Latte (see below).
If you drink coffee throughout the day, it is great to have a range of different coffee drinks to try. You will find the piccolo latte on some cafe menus, but be sure they serve it in a small glass to enjoy this coffee style in its truest form.
3. Gibraltar Espresso
It is not often you know the origin of the names of coffee drinks, but in the case of the Cafe Gibraltar, we do.
The Gibraltar was made famous by baristas at Blue Bottle Coffee. You can find the Gibraltar on the menu at any Blue Bottle cafe.
So what is a Gibraltar coffee drink? It is a double shot of espresso topped with milk and served in 4.5 oz Libbey Gibraltar glasses, hence the name.
>> Make a Gibraltar at home – click to check the price for a set of Libbey Gibraltar tumblers.
Due to the large size of the libbey glass, the Gibraltar will be milkier than a Piccolo latte, and is similar to the Magic (although the variation of espresso vs ristretto will result in a slightly different flavor). The slightly larger size and milky flavor make it perfect to pair with a slice of cherry pie.
4. Dalgona Coffee
This coffee drink from Korea is the latest coffee craze taking TikTok and the world by storm and is one of the easiest drinks to make at home, with just four ingredients.
Instant coffee (or brewed coffee) is whipped with sugar and water to make a fluffy and creamy mix, which is placed on top of a cup of hot or cold milk.
Gorgeous to look at and tasty too, this whipped coffee mix is certainly one of the more unique coffee drinks on our list. See our tips for making perfect whipped coffee here.
5. Espresso Romano Coffee
A simple classic, origin unknown, and worth a try if you are looking for a fruity finish to your espresso.
A Romano Espresso is simply a single shot of espresso served with a slice of lemon. Some cafes serve the Romano coffee with a slice of lemon, others serve with just the lemon peel.
Either way, the result is an espresso with a slightly acidic, citrus finish. Some love it, others hate it. Why not give it a try – this is one of the simplest coffee drinks to make at home with your espresso machine or drip coffee maker.
6. Breve Coffee
If you enjoy a cappuccino and want to try something different, one of the best coffee drinks to order is a Cafe Breve.
What is a breve latte? It is a single shot of espresso topped with steamed half and half and covered with a thin layer of foam. The half and half produces a sweet, creamy milk with a much higher fat content.
For our non-US readers, half and half is a mixture of regular milk and cream with an average fat content of 10-12%. It is a creamier, richer milk, which makes it a great choice for lovers of milk based coffee.
7. Cafe Gommosa
For lovers of sweet coffee drinks the Gommosa coffee is the top choice in our list of different coffees.
A Cafe Gommosa is a single shot of espresso poured over a marshmallow and served in a demitasse espresso glass.
The heat from the espresso slightly melts the marshmallow, creating a thick, sweet, creamy coffee style for those with a sweet tooth.
This is an easy drink to make at home with an espresso machine. Read our reviews on the best espresso machines under $500 here. Alternatively, if you love camping and the kids are roasting s’mores, pop a marshmallow in your coffee instead!
8. Dirty Chai Latte
Apart from having one of the best coffee drink names, the Dirty Chai Latte is also one of the more interesting coffee drinks on our list.
You will find it on some cafe boards, but if not, it is a more common request than some of the other coffee drinks to try on our list.
A Dirty Chai is marsala chai blended with a single shot of espresso and topped with steamed milk.
It can be served hot or on ice (aka cold dirty chai). The chai spices give off a lovely fragrance and the espresso blends well with the spices in the chai drink.
For an extra pick me up, try a filthy chai, which combines a double shot of espresso with your chai latte.
>> Make this at home – click to buy marsala chai here.
9. Guillermo Coffee
The Guillermo is a similar to the Romano in that it adds a citrus flavor to your specialty coffee drinks.
Essentially a Cafe Guillermo is a single shot of espresso served over a slice of lime.
If you love iced coffee drinks in the summer, then the Guillermo is a great option on our list of different types of coffee drinks. Simply serve the espresso over ice and lime for a refreshing summer drink. Or add a little rum for a spiked coffee drink!
Another variation of the Guillermo coffee is to serve with a dash of milk and lime. As you can see there are a number of variations, so why not experiment and create your own cool coffee drinks?
10. Nitro Coffee
So nitrogen infused coffee has been around for a while now.
But it is still considered one of the most original types of espresso drinks and by far one of the most unusual coffee drinks. And many people haven’t tried it, yet.
What is nitrogen coffee? It is cold brew coffee mixed with nitrogen and served via a draught tap, just like beer.
The combination of infusing the coffee with nitrogen and forcing it through a pressurized tap produces a creamy coffee drink unlike any other coffee style. We explain how to make nitro coffee at home here.
It has a creamy mouthfeel similar to the texture of Guinness beer from Ireland.
You will see nitrogen cold brew coffee available on tap at some cafes but the need for a tap set up or dispenser means it is not that common to make at home.
However you will also see it become more available in a can to go and there are more nitro coffee makers on the market than ever before for home coffee brewers.
Or why not order some Nitro Coffee to try today!
Bonus drink: Proffee
Similar to Dalgona coffee, Proffee is another TikTok sensation taking the coffee drinking world by storm.
The drink combines cold coffee with ice and a protein shake. Often made with chilled espresso or cold brew coffee, it is a popular coffee drink for people who workout and those watching their weight.
So that wraps up our list of 10 unique coffee drinks you need to try at least once.
Discover more interesting facts about coffee brewing in our Know Your Coffee series below, or browse all our brew guides.
Know Your Coffee Series:
- Complete guide to different coffee drinks
- Latte Vs Flat White
- Macchiato vs Cappuccino
- French Press vs Drip Coffee
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