Whether you take your latte with a double shot of espresso or with extra oat milk, you know how you love your favorite espresso drink. But perhaps you’ve always been curious – and maybe a little nervous? – to try something different.
Or, maybe you’ve never had a latte (also known as a caffé latte) before! Well, you’re at the right place to learn more!
I’ve been making my own espresso drinks with hot steamed milk and cold milk for many years. Lattes are my favorite to make because I can add different flavors to my espresso shot depending on the season or whatever flavor I want on a certain day.
But there are lots and lots of espresso drinks you can make other than a latte, from a flat white to a classic cappuccino to a trendy oatmilk shaken espresso. And everything in between!
The good news is that you don’t need a fancy espresso machine at home to make really great espresso drinks!
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For me, the best espresso for the espresso drinks I make with my Nespresso machine is the Double Espresso Chiaro. The Chiaro espresso give you a thick crema (foam) on top of each pour and the flavor is deep, rich, and chocolaty. Each pod costs around $1.12 for a double espresso.
If you want to use a traditional espresso maker or “real” espresso machine, it’s important to grind whole espresso beans with a bean grinder for the best-flavored espresso. I’ve been using a Kitchenaid burr grinder for around 10 years and absolutely love it. It has grind settings to grind beans for drip coffee, cold brew, and espresso.
For whole espresso beans, I like a medium roast espresso bean from Lavazza or locally-roasted espresso beans like from Coffee by Design in Portland, ME.
In my opinion, if you don’t have a coffee grinder, the best espresso for lattes are the ground beans made by Illy. This ground espresso is reasonably priced and there are around 6 types of different ground espresso you can choose from.
However you choose to make – or buy – your next (or first!) espresso drink, here’s a fantastic list of 19 espresso drinks for you to try!
19 Different Espresso Drinks to Change Up Your Morning Routine
Making a hot latte at home is super simple! All you need is brewed espresso, steamed and frothed milk, and a sweetener (or no sweetener, if you're brave enough). Tap the Get the Recipe button below for tons of tips and tricks to easily make your own!
A Caramel Macchiato is an excellent way to change up your espresso drink routine! It's made with hot espresso, steamed and frothed milk (though slightly less than what a latte calls for), vanilla syrup, and a drizzle of caramel sauce. If you're a caramel lover, this drink is for you!
Though similar to a hot latte with espresso and a sweetener, the flat white does not include frothed milk. It's "flat" because you'll only add steamed milk and no foam. Tap the Get the Recipe button below for tips & tricks on how to make one!
Made with a homemade sugar cookie syrup, this latte is for the sweet drink lovers out there. This one is a popular Starbucks holiday drink that's made with almond milk to make you feel like you're drinking Christmas cookies. How bad could that be?
The Affogato, a traditional Italian dessert, combines creamy vanilla ice cream with a pour-over of hot espresso, effectively "drowning" the ice cream in coffee. This delightful concoction serves as a perfect sweet treat for a mid-afternoon boost or as a post-dinner delight, offering a refreshing way to beat the heat during the summer months.
Classically flavored with vanilla syrup that you can make in 5 minutes or buy virturally anywhere now, this Vanilla Latte recipe is a mix of hot espresso, steamed and frothed milk, and a few good pumps of vanilla. Grab your favorite insulated to-go cup and brew one up in about 2 minutes on your way out the door!
Made with a hefty drizzle of salted caramel sauce into hot espresso, the Caramel Brûlée Latte is topped with whipped cream and toasty little caramel crunchies. Only available during the holiday season at Starbucks, now you can make your own year-round!
An Americano is one of the easiest espresso drinks to make! A little richer in flavor than traditional American hot coffee, the Americano is made by simply adding water (hot or cold) to shots of espresso.
A White Chocolate Frappuccino is great way to cool down with some espresso any time of the year! White chocolate chips are melted into hot espresso coffee before blending it all together with ice and cream to make a decadently satisfying drink.
Cappuccinos are some of the most popular coffee shop drinks you can find and they're easily one of the quickest you can make at home for a lot less money. The main difference between a cappuccino and a latte lies in the amount of milk you add to the espresso. Tap the Get the Recipe button below to learn how to make a great cappuccino!
Similar to my favorite white hot chocolate drink, this cozy winter treat is made with melted white chocolate, hot espresso, steamed milk, and a fluffy topping of whipped cream. Make it at home in your slippers this weekend!