Best Tasty Coffee Drinks for Non-Coffee Drinkers

Is it your first time drinking coffee? Ready to change your mind about coffee? Let me help you find the best coffee drinks for non-coffee drinkers that will suit your preference.

There are many different tasty coffee drinks that are great for non-coffee drinkers. There are numerous milk-based coffee drinks like caffe latte to which you can add delicious flavours to. You can also enjoy these coffee drinks over ice to make them more refreshing and inviting to the taste!  Trying different speciality coffees like Chai Latte can be a good option to start the coffee adventure.

Not in the mood to pack calories just to get your daily dose of caffeine? There are many alternative sources of this natural stimulant that you can explore. From caffeine tablets to diet colas, the list is endless – and exciting!

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List of Coffee Drinks for Non Coffee Drinkers

Latte Coffee with doughnuts



Espresso is a shot of coffee liquid characterized by its “crema,” a good indication of a proper espresso. It is made by using force and pressure so that hot water comes through the ground coffee. 

Ideally, espresso is done by using an espresso coffee machine, but there are other ingenious ways of pulling a shot. 

Espresso is usually the base of the majority of the coffee drinks. 


Ristretto is a shot of espresso but with only half the amount of water. Doing so gives you a different, more concentrated coffee taste and flavor. In Italian, the word ristretto means short.


Americano consists of a shot of espresso diluted in hot water. This type of coffee was invented in the World War II when there was a demand for lighter-tasting coffee from the American soldiers in Europe.

Black Coffee

Black coffee is made by steeping ground coffee beans in hot water.

Drip Coffee

Drip coffee is made by placing ground coffee in a filter and then letting hot water pass through. Black coffee then drips into a pot, ready for drinking.

Drip coffee is also called filter coffee. It is widely popular in homes and is made with the use of a drip coffee maker.

French Press Coffee

French press coffee is made with the use of a press pot. Coarsely-ground coffee is placed inside a pot, followed by hot water. After a few minutes, depending on your preference, the mesh plunger is pressed until the bottom so that all you will get is coffee that is ready to enjoy.

Instant Coffee

Instant coffee, as the name suggests, is one of the easiest ways to get your caffeine fix. It is made by mixing instant coffee granules or powder with hot water. You can then add in cream or sugar according to your preference.

What is in your instant coffee powder? This highly depends on your brand. Basically, coffee is brewed and then dehydrated, so that what is left are coffee particles ready for mixing. 

Cold Brew

Cold brew is a type of coffee which is brewed the unconventional way. You brew coarsely-ground coffee beans in cold water and let it do its work for half a day – or if you can wait, overnight. The result is a strong and concentrated coffee taste, ready to drink as is or with additional milk and flavor. 


Caffe Latte

Caffe Latte consists of a shot of espresso, steamed milk, and just the right amount of foam. It is enjoyed by many coffee drinkers with added flavour such as vanilla, hazelnut or caramel. When enjoyed cold, caffe latte is commonly served with whipped cream on top. 


Like caffe latte, cappuccino is made of a shot of espresso, steamed milk and foam – only this time, you have less milk and thicker foam. Cappuccino is usually served with cocoa powder on top.

Cappuccino got its name from the Italian friars called capuchins. The word capuchin in Italian means hood, and these monks are known for the brown hooded robes that they wear. Cappuccino is seen to share the same color as their robes.

Flat White

Flat white is made by combining a shot of espresso and steamed milk. Some say a standard flat white uses two shots of espresso while others stick to one. To differentiate it from caffe latte or cappuccino, flat white does not have foam on top.

Did you know? Flat white originated in Australia.

Caffe Macchiato

Caffe Macchiato consists of an espresso shot and foam on top. There is absolutely no steamed milk in a caffe macchiato. 

In Italian, the word macchiato means marked. In caffe macchiato, this means just marking the espresso with just a dollop of foam, perfect for those who like a bit of sweetness to cut through the bold taste of the espresso.

Caffe Mocha

Caffe mocha or mochaccino to others is a drink highly-favored by chocolate lovers. It is composed of a shot of espresso, steamed milk and chocolate syrup. When served cold, whipped cream is commonly added on top of the drink.


Frappuccino is any ice-blended coffee drink. It is made by blending a shot of espresso, ice, milk, sugar and the flavoring of your choice. It is then served with whipped cream and some garnish on top. Frappuccino is a popular choice for non-coffee and first-time coffee drinkers. 

Did you know? Frappuccino is a registered trademark of Starbucks. In other cafes, it is regarded simply as frappe.


Affogato is a scoop of ice cream or gelato served with a shot of espresso. Affogato is more of a dessert rather than a coffee beverage.

Dalgona Coffee

Dalgona Coffee: Best Tasty Coffee Drinks for Non Coffee Drinkers

A special foamy type of coffee that has been popularized by the Korean pop culture in 2020. It is based on the Korean sweets, Dalgona candy. It is made from a frothy instant coffee, sugar, water and hot milk. One of the popular flavours is the honeycomb toffee.


Chai Latte

Chai latte does not actually have coffee in it, but it is still a good hot beverage to try. Chai latte is made up of black tea steeped in steamed milk and then infused with spices such as ginger, cinnamon and cardamom. It is commonly offered in major coffee shops.

Turkish Coffee

Turkish Coffee
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A pot called an ibrik or cezve is used in making Turkish coffee. You put very finely ground coffee with water and sugar (if desired) and wait until it almost boils. Froth will form and afterwards, the coffee is not filtered but is poured and served as it is. 

Vietnamese Coffee

Vietnamese coffee is both strong and sweet at the same time! It is made by making half a cup of strong brewed coffee and then adding about three generous spoonfuls of condensed milk. It is best enjoyed cold, over ice.

Vietnamese Egg Coffee

Fond of Vietnamese coffee? Wait till you try Vietnamese egg coffee. Its base is brewed coffee, and instead of just placing condensed milk with it, you first whisk one egg yolk with the condensed milk. This will result in a really airy froth.

Afterwards, layer your Vietnamese egg coffee in your mug – brewed coffee first, and then egg froth on top. 

Did you know? Vietnamese egg coffee or ca phe trung was invented by Giang, a bartender at the Metropole Hotel. Because milk shortage hit Vietnam, he devised a way to make coffee still creamy to the taste.

Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee:  Best Tasty Coffee Drinks for Non Coffee Drinkers
Irish Coffee: Best Tasty Coffee Drinks for Non Coffee Drinkers

In an Irish coffee, there’s the mix of black coffee, a shot of smooth Irish whiskey and brown sugar. Whipped heavy cream is placed on top. To drink, you must not mix; instead, drink the coffee through the thick cream. 

Vienna Coffee

To make Vienna coffee, you pull two shots of espresso and then pour in fresh cream. Alternatively, you can also whip heavy cream and place it on top of your brewed coffee. 

Kopi Luwak

Kopi Luwak is one of the most expensive coffee types out there – and there is an interesting reason why it is so. Coffee cherries are eaten wholly by civet cats, and for some reason, these cherries will not get digested inside their stomachs. The coffee will instead get excreted and collected from the civet droppings, washed and processed as you would a normal coffee bean. 

The output of this otherworldly process is coffee with a distinct flavor. National Geographic explains that the civet cats’ “digestive enzymes change the structure of proteins in the coffee beans, which removes some of the acidity to make a smoother cup of coffee.”

Bulletproof Coffee

You may have heard of bulletproof coffee because of the health benefits people claim it has, but even so this type of coffee is well-loved because of its taste. Bulletproof coffee is done by adding one to two tablespoons of butter to your cup of brewed coffee. Add in MCT oil and what you have is something that will energize you all throughout the day.

What is MCT oil? According to Healthline, “MCT oil is a supplement that has become popular among athletes and bodybuilders. The popularity of coconut oil, high in MCTs, has contributed to its use.”

Nitro Coffee

Nitro coffee is done by infusing nitrogen gas to your brew so that what you have is a fizzy and foamy coffee. If you order this from a coffee shop, you see your barista dispensing coffee from a pressurized valve similar to that of draft beers. 

Cold brewing is the process in which nitro coffee is brewed. For twelve to up to 24 hours, ground coffee beans are brewed in cold or room temperature water before adding in nitrogen gas to the mix.

What is the best coffee for the first time coffee drinkers?

Coffee with Flavor

If it is your first time to drink coffee, you may be taken aback by the bitterness of an espresso, or the simplicity of a black coffee. I may not know what your reasons are for trying to drink coffee – maybe for an energy boost, maybe for taste exploration – but it is good to start with coffee variants with flavors.

Here are some types of coffee from our list above which can have different flavors:

  • Caffe Latte – Syrups and extracts are added to your coffee drink in order to create flavored lattes. Popular flavors include vanilla latte, caramel latte, mocha latte and hazelnut latte. During special occasions, coffee shops release limited edition flavors such as pumpkin spice latte and peppermint latte.
  • Cappuccino – Like caffe latte, flavorings can be added to your cappuccino. There are also flavored coffee beans which you can try as base for your cappuccino (and other brews, for that matter.) Some well-known flavors are caramel, butter pecan and French vanilla.

Coffee over Ice

Not everyone wants hot coffee, and not every weather permits you to drink hot beverages. This is where ice comes to play. You can have many of these coffee types over ice – just ask your barista for this option, or experiment at home!

  • Iced Latte – It’s your milky coffee with the goodness of ice. What’s even better is that you can add in flavors to your iced latte to make it playful and interesting.
  • Iced Mocha – The marriage of chocolate and coffee is something you have to try in order to fully describe it. Have it over ice and you have something bittersweet to cool your body.
  • Frappuccino – This isn’t exactly over ice, because frappuccino is technically ice blended. Some of the popular frappuccino varieties include mocha frappe, matcha green tea frappe, coffee frappe and java chip frappe.
  • Vietnamese Iced Coffee – If it is your first time trying Vietnamese coffee, better have it iced! This bitter and sweet concoction is made even greater with ice cubes. You’ll feel both energized and refreshed with a glass of Vietnamese iced coffee.

How can I get caffeine if I don’t like coffee?

I acknowledge that not everyone is fond of the coffee taste, and that some may want to drink coffee for its energizing benefits. How can you get caffeine then if you don’t like coffee at all? Here are some of the best coffee alternatives to get your caffeine fix:

Caffeine tablets

If you desire a simple pick-me-up, get yourself some caffeine tablets. They are designed to increase your alertness, supply energy and improve performance.

Why will one opt to drink caffeine tablets instead of coffee? It is a good way to get your dose of energy without the calories that come with drinking a caffe latte or eating an energy bar. Caffeine tablets contain only what you truly like to get from your caffeinated food and beverages.

Zantrex Blue Weight Loss Supplement2 capsules300 mg of caffeine
NoDoz or Vivarin1 tablet200 mg of caffeine
Zantrex Red Weight Loss Supplement2 capsules200 mg of caffeine
Top Three Caffeine Tablets with Most Caffeine
Source: Center for Science in the Public Interest

Brewed Tea

Tea is a good source of caffeine. Black, green and white tea have different caffeine contents in them, even if they all come from the same tea leaves. One cup of black tea gives 47 to up to 90 mg of caffeine. Green and white tea varieties contain less caffeine.

Herbal tea has insignificant to no amount of caffeine, so if your aim for drinking tea is to get its stimulating benefit, this type of tea is not for you.

Kombucha is another tea drink that has gained a strong following over the years. It is a type of fermented tea which is sweet and sour at the same time. Kombucha has caffeine content and it also has properties that aim to aid in digestion.

Starbucks Chai Latte16 oz95 mg of caffeine
Starbucks Green Tea Latte16 oz80 mg of caffeine
KeVita Master Brew Kombucha15.2 oz36 to 68 mg of caffeine
Top Three Tea Drinks with Most Caffeine
Source: Center for Science in the Public Interest

Soft Drinks

Soft drinks are great sources of caffeine – and calories, too! If you like to drink soft drinks in exchange for coffee, opt for the diet or zero sugar option. 

Because soft drinks are generally easy to drink, be careful when consuming a huge amount of it in one day. It is easy to forget that soft drinks are high in caffeine because they are generally sweetened to your taste.

Pepsi Zero Sugar20 oz115 mg of caffeine
Mountain Dew20 oz91 mg of caffeine
Diet Coke20 oz76 mg of caffeine
Top Three Soft Drinks with Most Caffeine
Source: Center for Science in the Public Interest

Energy Drinks

Energy drinks are exactly what they are: they give energy to their consumers. One of the main energy boosters that you can get from energy drinks is caffeine.

Many will tell you that drinking – and heavily relying on – energy drinks will do more harm than good in the long run. Do some research on the brands in the market before trying them out.

Bang Energy16 oz300 mg of caffeine
Starbucks Triple Shot Energy15 oz225 mg of caffeine
5-Hour Energy2 oz200 mg of caffeine
Top Three Energy Drinks with Most Caffeine
Source: Center for Science in the Public Interest

Caffeinated Snacks

Getting your dose of caffeine need not be boring! There are lots of snacks in the market that are fueled with caffeine so you can get energized the fun way.

The list is actually long – and interesting! From chocolate-coated coffee beans to fruit snacks with tea extract, you are sure to find your choice of small bites that will give you your much-needed boost.

Awake Energy Chocolate1.5 oz100 mg of caffeine
Awake Energy Granola40 g100 mg of caffeine
Clif Shot Energy Gel Double Espresso1.2 oz100 mg of caffeine
Top Three Caffeinated Snacks with Most Caffeine
Source: Center for Science in the Public Interest

We hope that helped you in choosing the best tasting coffee drinks for non coffee drinkers like you!
Let us know in the comment box below which one you’ve tried first!

Best Tasty Coffee for Non Coffee Drinkers


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