Essential Espresso Recipes You Need To Know

We've all been forced to stay at home,  having to learn all over again how to make coffee on our own at home instead of throwing our hard earned cash at Starbucks or some other large chain in exchange for some terrible, sugar-filled coffee recipe. 

Here's the good news - coffee at home doesn't have to be terrible. 

If you have the means, investing in a prosumer espresso machine can bring you café-quality coffee at home. And when we say "café-quality" we don't mean Starbucks. We mean real, actual coffee prepared the way it's supposed to be. The bad news - it'll cost you. 

Don't have the thousands required for a prosumer? No worries - you can still make great coffee at home on a limited budget. And that's where we come in. 

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1. The Basic Cappuccino

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  • Single or double shot of espresso
  • Foamed milk
  • Steamed milk


A cappuccino is traditionally a small drink. Yes, here in the States you'll typically find cappuccinos to be large (like everything else here). A cappuccino is between 5-6 ounces total (150-180ml). Other than that, the ratios should be 1/3,1/3,1/3. 

  • 1/3 espresso
  • 1/3 steamed milk
  • 1/3 foamed mik

The perfect cappuccino consists of a perfect balance of espresso and milk steamed to perfection. Milk in a cappuccino is key. The foam's consistency is what differentiates a cappuccino from a latte. Cappuccino milk has a foamier consistency when compared to a latte and can be had by allowing more air into your milk when preparing.

 2. The Café Latte

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  • Single or double shot of espresso
  • Steamed milk


Larger than a cappuccino (see above), a café latte consists of espresso and steamed milk. Traditionally the entire drink is anywhere between 8 and 12 ounces with 2oz being espresso. The milk is also textured differently than cappuccino milk. Cappuccino milk contains more air making it fluffier and fuller than latte milk.

3. The Flat White


  • Single or double shot of espresso
  • Steamed milk

Simply put - a flat white is a shot of espresso topped with steamed milk. Comparable to a latte but smaller in size, a flat white should also contain less micro-foam resulting in a drink with a higher coffee to milk ratio. Traditionally, a flat white is between 150 and 200ml in total (5oz to 7oz).

External Link (Wikipedia) - What Is A Flat White?


4. The Mocha

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  • Single or double shot of espresso
  • Steamed milk
  • Chocolate - powder, syrup, or actual chocolate pieces

A mocha or caffé mocha is basically a latte with a key added ingredient - chocolate! Some cafés will use cocoa powder, others will use chocolate syrup, while some will go the extra mile and use actual pieces of chocolate. The chocolate will typically be added to the cup before anything else while the espresso and steamed milk will melt or dilute the chocolate to naturally incorporate into your drink.

5. Americano


  • Single or double shot of espresso
  • Hot water

An americano is as simple as it gets! Well, ok, a shot of espresso is as simple as it gets. The Americano is simply espresso and hot waster. To make it you simply dilute your espresso with hot water. 

The Americano Worldwide

USA - espresso with hot water

Australia - also know as the long black. Made by adding the espresso after pouring a glass of hot water

Philippines - an Americano is simply brewed coffee

Europe -an American could refer to espresso and hot water or simply filtered coffee


6. Latte Macchiato

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  • Single or double shot espresso
  • Steamed milk
  • Foamed milk

 A macchiato significantly differs from a latte. Essentially it's a shot or two of espresso (your choice) topped with a dollop of foamed milk. Macchiato in Italian means "marked." That's exactly what this drink is - espresso marked with a dollop of foam! 

Honorable Mention

Caffé con panna - espresso topped with a dollop of whipped cream

Red eye - coffee topped with a shot of espresso

Cortado - 1/2 foamed milk, 1/2 espresso served in a gibraltar glass

Breve - same as a cappuccino yet made with half-and-half

Affogato - ice cream or gelato topped with a shot of espresso

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