What Are the Differences Between Coffee Types? 

All Types of Espresso & Frappuccino 

By: Alicia Walters  Revised by: Mark Cambell  Last updated: Feb 2, 2024

Do you remember those times when you stood behind someone ordering their favorite coffee drink at Starbucks, and felt lost because you couldn't tell the difference between the many kinds of coffee drinks? They seemed like professional baristas ordering their exact favorite cup while you were left in the dark. Well, those days are over. It's easy to define your preferences if you know what the different types of coffee drinks consist of. Let's explain the various types and how to define your taste.

To begin, it's mainly about the ratio of espresso to steamed milk and milk foam, along with the drink's temperature, either hot or cold. Sometimes, other ingredients like chocolate or ice cream are added, which define the taste and the name of the coffee cup. Most cups have Italian, French, or Spanish names. Let's cut to the chase and get started. Here are the main types of coffee cups:

A-Caramel Frappuccino: One cup of cold brewed coffee added to one cup low-fat milk, three tbsps. white sugar and two cups crushed ice. Add one third cup caramel sauce and coffee syrup, all are blended together on high speed until smooth. Topped with caramel sauce.

B-Café Vanilla Frappuccino: Coffee, whole milk, ice, coffee syrup and vanilla bean powder are blended and topped with whipped cream.

C-Espresso Frappuccino: 1 or 2 shots of espresso, ice, whole milk and coffee syrup are blended till smooth. No whipped cream on this one.

D-White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino: Coffee, ice, whole milk, coffee syrup and white chocolate syrup are blended and topped with whipped cream.

E-Strawberry Funnel Cake Frappuccino: Ice, whole milk, coffee, crème syrup, strawberry puree and funnel cake flavored syrup are blended then topped with whipped cream.

F-Mocha Frappuccino: whole milk, coffee syrup, crushed ice, coffee and mocha sauce are blended till smooth and topped with whipped cream.

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