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International Coffee Day is set to take place on October 1st 2018. The event is overseen by the International Coffee Organization, with this year's theme being ‘Women in Coffee’. The theme has been chosen to celebrate the vital role that women play in producing, distributing and serving coffee all around the world.

Coffee comes in many forms, and a lot of people still don’t know the difference between the main types of coffee available to them. Read on to learn about the main characteristics of the leading coffee drinks on the market.


The espresso is also known as the ‘short black’ and normally comes shot form, served in a small cup. However, it also forms the basis for many coffee drinks.

Flat white:

Particularly popular in Australia and New Zealand, the flat white is similar to a cappuccino, though it is foamless and is not served with chocolate on top.


A latte is an espresso-based drink which includes microfoam and steam milk. It is known for its sweet taste.


A cappuccino is not dissimilar to a latte. However, cappuccino drinks have chocolate on top and extra form. They are also made in cups as opposed to tumbler glasses.


A mocha is a fusion of a hot chocolate and a cappuccino. Mochas include chocolate powder, an espresso shot, steamed milk and microfoam.

Espresso Macchiato:

Derived from the word 'Macchiato' which, in Italian, means marked or stained, the Espresso Macchiato is mainly espresso 'marked' with a dash of steamed milk.

Latte Macchiato:

Along the same lines, the Latte Macchiato is also 'marked' but mainly comprises of steamed frothy milk with a dash of espress0.

Milks for coffee

Dairy milk:

Dairy milk is the most popular option amongst coffee drinkers and is a source of various nutrients including calcium, vitamin D and potassium.

Soya milk:

Soya milk is lactose-free and often used as a substitute for dairy milk. A valuable source of protein, it can help people with certain intolerances avoid vomiting, gas and so on.

Coconut milk:

Coconut milk is often used as a creamer for black coffee. It can help you lose weight, promote heart health and aid your immune system.

Oat milk:

More and more coffee lovers around the world are adding oat milk to their coffee. Many drinkers say it helps them avoid problems such as curdling and coffee flavour being compromised.


Not everyone knows the true meaning of the terms they frequently encounter when visiting the coffee shops and cafeterias of the UK. Let’s take a look at some of the key terms right now.


A barista is someone who is employed to serve espresso-based coffee drinks to you. ‘Barista’ is the Italian word for ‘bartender’.


Bean-to-cup machines do everything for you, grinding your beans and preparing your drink, automating the process of making your drink.

Ground coffee:

Ground coffee is made fresh from coffee beans, unlike instant coffee.

Instant coffee:

Instant coffee is concentrated coffee that is dried and brewed again when water is added. Though instant coffee is generally of inferior quality to ground coffee, it remains popular due to factors including cost and convenience.

Water filter:

Water filters are designed to take contaminants from and purify your water, improving the flavour of your coffee.

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