Types of Coffee

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Now you might be wondering, “Just what kind of coffee should I be drinking?” The answer depends on what you hope to get out of your morning brew. There are dozens of different coffee drinks to choose from, and even more ways to prepare and serve them. Whether you’re looking for flavor, energy, or nutrition, there’s a drink for you.

The next time you’re at the local café, try one of these beverages – and don’t worry if you can’t pronounce them. It happens to the best of us.

Espresso

Its name is Italian for “express,” so it should come as no surprise that this strong beverage is made fast and drank even faster. A typical espresso contains a single shot of black coffee with no milk, offering the drinker a concentrated dose of caffeine (usually between 80-100 mg).

Espressos don’t have much nutritional value, but they’re extremely low in calories, making them a good source of quick energy. If you have a condition that could be worsened by a caffeine spike – like insomnia or hypertension – it would be best to stick with the lighter Americano, which adds 1 part water.

Cappuccino

A richer and more flavorful espresso, cappuccino is served with steamed milk, plus an occasional dash of chocolate powder or nutmeg. This added ingredient dilutes the caffeine’s impact and provides a decent serving of calcium and protein.

However, it’s also higher in calories than a typical espresso, and could be trouble for lactose-intolerant drinkers. Those who like their coffee light, though, can choose the even-milkier café latte; ask for skim milk if you’re worried about the extra fat.

Iced Coffee

If you enjoy the taste and feel of a good cup of joe but can’t wait for it to cool, iced coffee is a good option. There’s no heat involved in the cold brewing process – just soak the grounds in water for a few hours. This often results in a bitter and less flavorful drink, so some cafés will mix hot drinks with cold milk instead.

There are iced versions of almost every drink – “frappuccino” is one of the better-known varieties – so cool coffee fans are bound to find one that meets their dietary or energy needs.

Turkish Coffee

Before you worry about import prices, note that the term “Turkish coffee” only describes the drink’s preparation – there’s no special Turkish coffee bean.

Turkish coffee involves beans that have been roasted 2 or 3 times and lightly powdered with sugar, making for a very powerful drink. The sugar adds extra calories to the coffee, but it’s usually served without milk or cream, making this strong but sweet drink a fine choice for more health-conscious consumers.

The Takeaway

These coffee nutrition facts should help you enjoy your next cup of joe…in moderation. There are many different ways to drink it, and most offer health benefits as long as it’s not consumed in excess. So go ahead, grab a cup of coffee brewed your favorite way…doing so will ensure you have enough energy to debate your tea-loving friends about which drink is best!


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