Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world, and the UK is no exception. With coffee shops and cafes dotting every street corner, it’s clear that the Brits love their coffee. But with so many different types of coffee drinks available, what is the UK’s favourite coffee drink?

The answer to this question is not as simple as it may seem. The UK’s favourite coffee drink can vary greatly depending on a number of factors, including age, location, trends and personal preference. However, some coffee drinks are more popular than others.

Most Popular Coffee Drinks In The UK

Overall, Brits love espresso-based coffee. Espresso is a concentrated form of coffee made by forcing hot water through finely-ground coffee beans under high pressure. The list below is a rough guide to some of the most popular coffee-based drinks in the UK.

1.    Flat Whites

The flat white is one of the most popular coffee drinks in the UK. This drink is similar to a latte but has a higher concentration of espresso and a thinner layer of steamed milk, resulting in a stronger and more flavourful drink. Flat whites are often served in smaller cups and are a popular choice for those who want a strong coffee flavour but also want a creamy texture.

Flat whites have boomed in popularity in recent years as UK coffee culture has grown and the standard of coffee has risen. Consumers have started to enjoy the coffee’s stronger, less dilute flavour. Flat whites are often the ‘golden standard’ of coffee-based drinks in a cafe because it involves both high-quality espresso-making and skilful milk steaming.

Some studies have shown that the flat white is the most popular coffee drink in the UK and is the order of choice for around 22% of consumers.

2.    Cappuccinos

Another one of the most popular coffee drinks in the UK is the cappuccino. This classic espresso-based drink consists of a shot of espresso topped with steamed milk and foam. The ratio of milk to espresso in a cappuccino is generally equal, giving it a balanced and creamy flavour.

Cappuccinos are often topped with a sprinkling of chocolate, so it’s no surprise it’s one of the favourites.

3.    Lattes

Another popular coffee drink in the UK is the latte. Like the cappuccino, the latte is an espresso-based drink topped with steamed milk. However, the ratio of milk to espresso in a latte is much higher, resulting in a much creamier and smoother flavour.

Lattes are often served in larger cups than cappuccinos and are a popular choice for those who prefer a more mellow coffee flavour. The UK is a milk-loving nation, and this drink is the perfect introduction for those getting used to the taste of coffee.

4.    Americanos

The Americano is also highly popular, and it caters to the lactose intolerant, vegan, low-calorie drinkers out there (as well as those who simply just don’t like milk).  An americano is an espresso-based drink that is diluted with hot water. The result is a milder coffee flavour that is still strong enough to give you a caffeine boost.

5.    Mochas

Of course, an honourable mention goes to the mocha. UK residents are known to indulge their sweet tooth, and mochas definitely hit the spot. Mochas combine espresso with steamed milk and chocolate syrup, powder or real chocolate shavings to create a delicious coffee drink. Mochas are often topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

What Factors Affect The Popularity Of Certain Coffee Drinks?
Coffee tastes can vary greatly depending on personal preference. For example, some people may prefer a simple cup of black coffee, while others may enjoy a more elaborate coffee drink with added flavourings or syrups.
In addition to personal preference, the popularity of certain coffee drinks can also vary depending on location. For example, in Northern Ireland, the “Ulster fry” – a breakfast dish that includes coffee – is a popular choice. Additionally, in large cities across the UK, flat whites are popular, but in smaller rural towns, lattes and cappuccinos are still the top choices.
Age can also play a role in coffee preferences. Younger generations often prefer sweeter and more indulgent coffee drinks, while older generations may prefer a more classic and traditional coffee flavour.
Additionally, trends play a huge role in what’s popular. Although flat whites are taking cafes by storm now, who knows what drink will take the top spot next.