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The Difference Between A Coffee, Latte, Espresso & Iced Coffee | 7 Best Starbucks Drinks

by Brinda Goel
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If you don’t know the difference between the different coffee drinks, then you’re in luck right now. We’ll go through these coffee drinks so you can order them confidently for your next coffee run.

This information will definitely work for you when you visit Starbucks. And may help when you go to a coffee shop. We’re not gonna go too much into detail because who cares? I’m just kidding. But we’re gonna be talking about coffee in relation to Starbucks, which means we don’t really have to go too much into detail.

Let’s start with the most familiar drink.

A Brood Coffee

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A brood coffee is what you typically know when you hear someone say they like coffee. It’s simply coffee grounds that are not too fine and not too coarse. These coffee grounds are saturated by hot water, which produces brewed coffee. It’s what people refer to as coffee with cream and sugar.

It’s what you get when you order that from places like McDonald’s, Starbucks, you know, a coffee shop. Basically, it’s the most standard coffee.

An Ice Coffee

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What about iced coffee? Well, it’s basically that, but just over ice. Again, you’ll typically see people get an iced coffee with cream and sugar.

People, especially at Starbucks, love to sweeten their iced coffees with different flavors of syrups and milk. Starbucks people are less likely to deviate from the standard hot coffee with cream and sugar at Starbucks. There are a ton of ways to customize an iced coffee. Let’s clarify what an iced coffee will look like if you get it at Starbucks.

First, there’s an iced coffee, which in Starbucks lingo is just iced coffee – black. It will also come sweetened unless specified otherwise. Or there’s an iced coffee with milk, which is, iced coffee with milk added to it.

There are a ton of types of milk and alternative milk to choose from, at least in the US. In addition, there are a lot of flavors you can add to your coffee or iced coffee. This is good to know if you don’t want to consume just a black, and let’s face it, bitter coffee.

An Espresso

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What is espresso? Espresso is coffee that has been ground finely, finer than brewed coffee. It is coffee that can be produced in seconds and in a smaller volume compared to a pot of brewed coffee.

Without getting into too much detail, it is a much smaller but more concentrated coffee. Espresso can be consumed in different ways. One can enjoy one shot of espresso, two shots, and so on,  just by itself. At Starbucks, espresso is most popularly consumed when put in different drinks.

A Latte

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A latte is made up of espresso and milk. In a latte, espresso mixes up with a small amount of the drink while the main component of the drink is milk. This ratio seems a bit off, right? People ask, why is there so little coffee, but just so much milk? Well, let’s remember. Espresso is so concentrated for the amount of volume, that you get.

When you taste a latte, you immediately understand this proportion of espresso to milk. Believe me, you don’t wanna be drinking a cup of coffee’s worth of espresso like that.

Let’s dive into that a little deeper so we can understand the difference between coffee with milk and a latte. Remember, coffee is the main component in a cup of brewed coffee where there is a small amount of milk added. However, milk is the main component in a latte where there is less coffee.

7 Best Starbucks Drinks That You Should Try

Starbucks has a lot to love about them for their innovation, pervasiveness, and more. In the end, it is their heavy hitters, their cult favorites matter, or maybe it’s their seasonal pumpkin spice latte or something more permanent, like a dependable cold brew or a large blonde roast. Whether you’re looking for a new regular, want to switch up your usual order, or want to try something new, these are the ultimate Starbucks drinks you must try.

This article brings you a list of the seven best Starbucks drinks you can order.

#1 Star Drink

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The first drink on our list of seven best Starbucks drinks is a star drink containing 130 calories in 22 grams of sugar.

Starbucks’ new naming convention is one word, followed by the word drink. Pink drinks, Dragon drinks, and now star drinks are available. Star is distinct from the Kiwi star fruit Starbucks refreshers. It takes the summery drink and adds a layer of rich coconut milk for even more tropical flavors. It also benefits greatly from the addition of milk.

The kiwi and coconut milk complement each other perfectly. You should try this drink.

#2 Toasted White Chocolate Mocha

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The next Starbucks drink on our list is a toasted white chocolate mocha. It contains 420 calories and 56 grams of sugar. This holiday beverage is made with white chocolate sauce, peppermint syrup, espresso, and steamed milk, and topped with sugar sparkles.

The deep red sugar dots float to top the whipped cream, creating a festive-looking coffee drink.

#3 Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso

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Coming at number three is the iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso. Plain oat milk is delicious in coffee, but only this oat milk is out of this world and pairs perfectly with Starbucks coffee. If you’ve never tried it before, expect waves of creaminess that don’t overpower the strong coffee, brown sugar, and cinnamon notes. With only 13 grams of sugar in 255 milligrams of caffeine, this drink falls squarely into the category of the perfect afternoon drink to keep you agile during the day’s activities.

#4 Peppermint Mocha

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The next drink on our list of seven best Starbucks drinks is the peppermint mocha with 440 calories, and 54 grams of sugar. The first sip has a chocolate and cream flavor, and the finish has a chocolate and mint flavor.

It’s a seasonal classic. It’s delicious and best for the winter.

#5 Cotton Candy Frappuccino

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The fifth drink on our list of the seven best Starbucks drinks is cotton candy Frappuccino. This drink is not on Starbucks’ official menu, but it is on its secret menu. Just order a vanilla bean drink with two pumps of raspberry syrup to make this drink.

The only difference between a vanilla bean and a cotton candy frappuccino is the raspberry syrup, and there is a significant difference in flavor.

#6 Snickers Frappuccino

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Snickers frappuccino is the next drink on our seven best Starbucks drinks list. To have this drink, order a Java chip Frappuccino with two pumps of toffee and caramel on top. This lovely combination of flavors tastes exactly like Snickers.

We think you should try it out.

#7 Cafe Mocha

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The last on the. The list of the seven best Starbucks drinks is Cafe Mocha. Cafe Mocha is currently the best drink at Starbucks. It contains 360 calories and 35 grams of sugar.

Therefore, whether you’re a coffee connoisseur, tea enthusiast, or craving a refreshing Frappuccino, Starbucks offers a drink for every taste and occasion. Go grab your drinks!

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