10 New Types Of Espresso Drinks And How To Make Them

Here is my list of 10 new espresso drinks you need to try.

These are delicious, unusual, and a great way to integrate unique drinks into your daily espresso routine.


I made this list from an old menu I found from my time as a barista in Europe. It was actually the first time I tried some of these in a long time and I gotta say, they hold up.

Espresso, the heart and soul of many coffee drinks, is versatile and can be enjoyed in numerous ways. 

In this article, we’ll explore 10 new types of espresso drinks that are not as commonly known but are equally delightful.


Check out my other list of ten common espresso drinks that everyone needs to try.


Types Of Espresso Drinks

#1 Cortado

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A Cortado is an espresso-based drink that originates from Spain. It’s made by combining equal parts of espresso and warm milk to make a less acidic espresso drink

The milk in a Cortado is steamed, but not frothy and “texturized” as in many Italian coffee drinks.

How to make a Cortado:

  • Pull a shot of espresso into a glass.
  • Steam milk until it’s warm, but not frothy.
  • Pour the milk over the espresso until the glass is full.

#2 Breve

Breve is an American variation of a latte: a half espresso, half milk drink. 

However, the twist is that the milk part is half milk and half cream, making it a more rich and savorry drink.

How to make a Breve:

  • Pull a shot of espresso into a cup.
  • Heat equal parts of milk and cream until warm and slightly frothy.
  • Pour the milk-cream mixture over the espresso.

#3 Café Bombón

Café Bombón is a sweet treat from Spain that espresso lovers with a sweet tooth will appreciate. 

It’s made with equal parts of espresso and condensed milk, which gives it a sweet and creamy texture.

How to make a Café Bombón:

  • Pour condensed milk into a clear glass until it’s half full.
  • Slowly pour a shot of espresso over the condensed milk.

#4 Galão

Galão is a hot drink from Portugal made of espresso and foamed milk. 

In comparison to a latte, a Galão has about one quarter espresso and three quarters foamed milk.

How to make a Galão:

  • Pull a shot of espresso into a tall glass.
  • Foam milk until it’s creamy and frothy.
  • Pour the frothed milk over the espresso until the glass is full.

#5 Affogato

An Affogato is a delightful cross between dessert and coffee that originates from Italy. A scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream is “drowned” with a shot of hot espresso.

How to make an Affogato:

  • Scoop vanilla gelato or ice cream into a glass or bowl.
  • Pull a shot of espresso.
  • Immediately pour the hot espresso over the gelato or ice cream.

#6 Doppio

A Doppio is simply a double shot of espresso. It’s perfect for those who love the taste of espresso and want a bigger kick.

How to make a Doppio:

  • Pull two shots of espresso into a cup. That’s it!

#7 Espresso Romano

An Espresso Romano is a shot of espresso served with a slice of lemon on the side. 

The lemon can be run along the rim of the cup to subtly infuse the coffee with a citrusy note.

How to make an Espresso Romano:

  • Pull a shot of espresso into a cup.
  • Run a slice of lemon around the rim of the cup, then drop it into the espresso.

#8 Guillermo

A Guillermo is two shots of hot espresso, poured over slices of lime or served with a slice of lime on the side. Sometimes it can be served over ice for a refreshing twist.

How to make a Guillermo:

  • Pull two shots of espresso into a cup.
  • Add a slice or two of lime, or pour the espresso over lime slices. For a cold version, pour the espresso and lime over ice.

#9 Café con Hielo

Café con Hielo is a Spanish summer classic. It’s simply espresso servedwith a separate glass of ice. Pour the hot espresso over the ice, stir, and enjoy!

How to make a Café con Hielo:

  • Pull a shot of espresso into a cup.
  • Serve with a separate glass full of ice.
  • To drink, pour the espresso over the ice, stir, and enjoy!

#10 Espressino

An Espressino is a drink made from equal parts of espresso, cocoa powder, and milk. The inside of the cup is often coated with cocoa before the other ingredients are added.

How to make an Espressino:

  • Coat the inside of a cup with cocoa powder.
  • Pull a shot of espresso into the cup.
  • Steam milk until it’s warm and frothy, then pour it into the cup.
  • Stir gently to combine the ingredients.

FAQ

What is the most common espresso drink?

The most common espresso drink is arguably the Latte, which is made with one part espresso and two parts steamed milk, often topped with a thin layer of foam.

What do you call 3 shots of espresso?

Three shots of espresso are often referred to as a “Triple.” In some places, it might also be called a “Triple Shot Espresso.”

Is a latte a single or double shot?

A latte is typically madewith a double shot of espresso. However, the amount of espresso can be adjusted to taste. Some prefer a single shot for a milder flavor, while others might opt for a triple shot for a stronger coffee kick.

Final Word

In conclusion, the world of espresso-based drinks is vast and varied. From the creamy Breve to the citrusy Espresso Romano, there’s an espresso drink for every taste and mood. So, why not step out of your comfort zone and try one of these less-known but equally delicious espresso drinks? You might just find your new favorite!.

What Now?

Now you need to get out there and try to make these for yourself. If you are on the lookout for a good espresso maker check out my list of Best Espresso Makers Under 500 Dollars.

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AUTHOR

John has been in the game of blending and brewing for years now. Originally from Sweden, he has worked as a barista at coffee shops in the US and as a bar manager at a smoothie and juice bar in Paris. Now he is the main editor for Blend Brew Enjoy where he puts all his passion and effort into helping people find their love for coffee and smoothies.

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