8 Popular Types of Coffee

Many of us have walked into a coffee shop, looked at the menu, and instantly be overwhelmed by the various types of coffee. Yeah, the names are cool and they sound delicious, but how is each one prepared and what do they taste like?

Luckily, help is at hand. In this article, we will explore 8 popular types of coffee along with their caffeine and calorie content. If you’re an Espresso fan then you will like this list.

Let’s get started.

Black Coffee


black coffee

As simple as it gets. Black Coffee is just ground coffee served with hot water.

Taste: Bitter.
A 240ml cup has 96mg caffeine.
Calories: Less than 5 calories per 240ml.




A normal Espresso contains 1 shot of Espresso.

Taste: Strong and Bitter.
A 30ml shot of espresso has 60mg caffeine.
Calories: 3 per 30ml shot.




A Latte contains 2/3 steamed milk and 1/3 Espresso.

Taste: Sweet and Creamy
A  240ml shot cup has 78mg caffeine.
Calories: A 240ml non-fat latte has 72 calories, whereas a flavoured latte has 134 calories.



A Frappe contains 1/2 milk, 1/2 Espresso, ice, and caramel.

Taste: Rich & Creamy. Minimal Coffee taste.
Dependent on the type of Frappe, but an average of 40mg in a 240ml cup.
Calories: 200 calories.




An Americano contains 2/3 water and 1/3 Espresso.

Taste: Bitter and a bit like filter coffee.
A  240ml cup has 104mg caffeine.
Calories: 2 calories.

Flat White

flat white

A Flat White contains 2/3 steamed milk and 1/3 Espresso.

Taste: Strong coffee taste.
A  240ml cup has 74mg caffeine.
Calories: 78 calories.

Iced Coffee

iced coffee

An Iced Coffee contains an Espresso and ice cubes.

Taste: Cold and bitter than hot brewed coffee.
A 240ml cup has 97mg caffeine.
Calories: 1 calorie.




A Cappucino contains 1/3 milk foam, 1/3 Espresso, and 1/3 hot milk.

Taste: Sweet with a bold coffee taste.
A 240ml cup has 104mg caffeine.
Calories: A 240ml cappuccino has 75 calories whereas a non-fat cappuccino has 46 calories.

Other Types of Coffee

The types of coffee we mentioned above are considered to be the most popular, however, there are so many other types that are enjoyed by many. Let’s mention them briefly:

  • Doppio
  • Cortado
  • Red Eye
  • Galão
  • Lungo
  • Macchiato
  • Mocha
  • Ristretto
  • Affogato
  • Café au Lait
  • Irish Coffee

Types of Coffee Beans

Now we’re getting into a lot more detail. In addition to all the types of coffee we mentioned above, there are also different types of coffee beans. There are two popular types of coffee beans namely Arabica and Robusta.

  • Arabica: This is by far the most popular type of coffee bean and 70% of the world’s coffee is made from this bean. Due to the cost of growing this type of coffee bean, it is a more expensive type of coffee.
  • Robusta: A cheaper option than Arabica, Robusta coffee beans makes 30% of the world’s coffee. It has a stronger taste than coffee made from Arabica beans and it has a lot more caffeine.

Lesser-known coffee beans include Liberica and Excelsa coffee beans. These coffee beans are very rare and were first harvested in the Philippines.

Fun Fact: Brazil has been the world’s leading producer of coffee beans for the past 150 years.

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Hopefully, now you have a better understanding of how these types of coffee are prepared. And next time you walk into a coffee shop you won’t be overwhelmed by all these fancy names, or if you have a coffee maker at home you can make them yourself. If you haven’t tried any of these before, give them a go and see which one you prefer. Will it be Black Coffee, an Espresso, a Latte, a Frappe, an Americano, a Flat White, Iced Coffee, or a Cappucino?