The Five Most Popular Coffee Drinks Made with Espresso

Espresso is the fastest-growing foodservice beverage item and is the foundation for many beloved coffee drinks. So what are the most popular espresso-based drinks? Grab your favorite mug, and let’s get started!

What is an espresso bean?

Espresso beans are roasted for extended periods and ground to a finer consistency than regular coffee beans. This makes them ideal for creating rich, bold espresso-based drinks with minimal effort. The intense flavor of espresso beans adds depth and intensity to specialty coffee drinks, as detailed below.


Cappuccino, a coffee staple known and loved worldwide, is the perfect way to start the morning or enjoy a smooth-and-tasty afternoon pick-me-up. This classic Italian drink combines fresh espresso beans and steamed milk, topped with a luscious layer of foamed milk. With its mellow flavor and creamy texture, cappuccino has been an enduring favorite for coffee fans of all ages for generations.


Lattes are a timeless favorite, and there’s no denying that fresh-brewed espresso beans can make them taste even better. Rich and creamy, they’re a smooth way to start your day or enjoy as an afternoon delight. With a latte, you’ll get a fresh espresso flavor mixed with the smoothness of steamed milk and a light layer of froth.  It only takes a few seconds to turn ordinary coffee into something special!


An Americano is perfect for those who enjoy a fresh, strong cup of coffee but don’t want all the syrups and extra ingredients! It’s deliciously simple – fresh espresso beans expertly brewed with hot water. The result is a smooth, full-bodied cup of coffee that can be enjoyed black or with a splash of milk or creamer. Whether you’re in the mood for a lazy cafe breakfast or looking for a between-meetings perk up, an Americano never disappoints!


This classic Italian espresso beverage has a unique flavor that stands out from the crowd of coffee drinks. Macchiato is made with fresh espresso beans and has less milk than a traditional latte, making it more intense and creamy but still light enough to be enjoyed any time of day. Our favorite aspect of the macchiato is the thick foam layer on top – an upgrade to your regular cup of joe.


Mocha is a blend of fresh espresso beans, smooth chocolate syrup, and creamy steamed milk – the perfect combination for chocolate lovers everywhere. It’s hard to go wrong with a mocha, especially when you select fresh espresso beans to give it that extra-special flavor. So whether you opt for hot or cold, you’ll enjoy something sweet and delicious no matter what time of day.

Brisk Coffee Roasters and Café Perez

There you have it – five popular espresso drinks to satisfy any coffee lover’s cravings. But, of course, this is just a starting point. If you’re looking for high-quality beans to begin your espresso journey or want to enhance your espresso offerings on your menu, look no further than Brisk Coffee Roasters and Café Perez, our own branded espresso coffee. Working with Café Perez will enable operators to capitalize on the popularity of this beverage by providing the tools for success to restaurant chains, coffee house owners, baristas, and distributors. From espresso products and equipment to supplies and training – we can help your coffee business grow. Café Perez is also available for retail operators. Contact us today!

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