Here are the top coffee drinks to try at home! Hone your barista skills with coffee recipes for pour over, cold brew, cappuccino, and more.

Coffee drinks

Love a good coffee drink? Or simply wondering the differences between the types? Here’s a list of our top popular coffee drinks that give you the most bang for your buck: and are easy to make at home! We love coffeeshops, but there’s something special about mixing up coffee recipes at home, too. Whether you’re trying to understand the difference between a latte vs flat white or ready to whip them up at home…we’ve got you covered! Here are our top 10 coffee drinks to make, and recipes for each one.

Do I need an espresso machine?

Well, it depends. If you love espresso drinks and want to make high quality coffee recipes at home: yes! There’s really nothing better than the creamy, rich flavor that comes from a top quality espresso machine. But if you want a quick and dirty latte: you can do that with minimal equipment! Here are our top recommendations for espresso-making equipment:

  • Top choice: an espresso machine. An espresso machine makes top quality espresso drinks: hands won. The steamer steams milk to perfection, and you can pull the most beautiful creamy, espresso. Here’s the one we use: Countertop Espresso Machine.
  • Cheaper option: manual espresso maker. It’s portable and it makes good espresso, just not as good as the machine. You’ll need to use it in combination with a milk frothing tool. Here’s the one we use: Manual espresso maker
  • Cheapest option: Aeropress. The Aeropress is not nearly as good for espresso, but it works. It’s actually very good for black coffee, though! You’ll also need to get a milk frothing tool for lattes and cappuccinos. Here’s our recipe: Aeropress Espresso
  • Milk frothing tools: milk frother, French press or whisk. For the frothing: a handheld milk frother is just $10 and works well. If you already have a French press, it’s great for frothing. Or you can go simple and just use a whisk (not as effective but does the trick).
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Cafe au lait

20 Great Coffee Drinks


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

What’s better than a creamy, steaming cup of cafe au lait? Here’s how to make it at home…the French way. (For the other coffee drink recipes: scroll up!)


Ingredients

Scale
  • 4 ounces (½ cup) strong dark roast coffee (like Moka Pot)
  • 4 ounces (½ cup) steamed whole milk (or oat milk for dairy free)

Instructions

  1. Make coffee using a Moka Pot, or strong dark roast coffee using your method of choice (French press, Chemex, Aeropress, or other).
  2. Steam the milk with an espresso machine (stretching the milk to 20 to 25% in height), or froth the milk with a frother, French press or whisk.
  3. Pour the coffee in a cup. Add the steamed milk and serve immediately.
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Coffee
  • Cuisine: Coffee

Keywords: Coffee drinks

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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