The 7 Most Popular Coffee Flavors

Are you looking for the most popular coffee flavors for your new shop or next get-together? We feature them here.

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Mocha coffee is one of the most popular coffee flavor today

Ever since coffee shop culture swept across the U.S. back in the 1990s, coffee drinks have been everywhere. And while some people might prefer their coffee black, others find that the right flavorings make them even better.

Some flavors are perennial favorites, while others only show up at certain times of the year. 

They can go in anything from the fanciest cappuccinos to the simplest brew coffee.

Here is our list of the most common flavors of coffee out there and why you should try them.

1. French Vanilla

Who can go wrong with vanilla?

It's a warm, aromatic flavor that goes with everything from ice cream to liquor. The subtlety of vanilla means it's easy to overwhelm, so it tends to be used as a complement to stronger flavors such as the bold taste of coffee. It's also better suited to light or medium roast beans.

French Vanilla has a richer, more caramelized taste because of a difference in production making it popular in coffee blends. It can be found in everything from instant coffee to creamers to k-cups.

Add a few drops of vanilla extract or a French vanilla-infused creamer to a coffee drink. Or scrape out the contents of a vanilla pod into a bag of gourmet coffee beans and let it sit all night to create flavored coffee beans. They make great coffee the next morning!

2. Hazelnut

The sweet, buttery taste of hazelnut is my personal favorite in coffee, and I'm not the only one. Its distinctive, nutty scent can be found wafting out of coffee shops everywhere.

Hazelnut goes well with both chocolate and vanilla, so it's not unusual to find it layered with them in one drink.

Try ordering a hazelnut latte, or even adding a splash of Frangelico–hazelnut-flavored liqueur–to your mug in the morning for the best-flavored coffee ever.

3. Pumpkin Spice

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Pumpkin spice coffee with high-quality coffee sure is irresistible

All right, pumpkin spice has a reputation as a bit of a joke.

On the internet, it's become a humorous reference to the hordes of young college girls found in cities every fall who all wear the same basic outfit of yoga pants, ugg boots, and Northface jackets, and are never without a Starbucks cup in their hands.

It's offered by the ubiquitous coffee chain every fall and has proved immensely popular with all sorts of people, though. They bring it back every year and fans wait all year to be able to order them.

The warming mix of autumn spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice has been used in desserts for years, but adding it to high-quality coffee makes it irresistible.

4. Butterscotch

This heady concoction of brown sugar and butter melted together is incredibly addictive. It's similar to caramel but has more of a molasses-y flavor. Adding it to coffee is a no-brainer for coffee lovers!

Butterscotch syrup tastes amazing in fresh black espresso, but you can also try using it as a new take on a caramel macchiato.

It helps to tone down the acidity of strong coffee, so try using it with light roast coffee beans if you find them too strong for your taste buds.

5. Mocha

Mocha is a great introduction to coffee drinks for teenagers or other people who've never really gotten into coffee.

It's basically a combination of chocolate, coffee, and milk. It should be sweet and chocolatey and not too strong.

It is named after the city of Mocha, in Yemen, an early center of the coffee trade. Mochas are one of the oldest types of coffee drinks to be made by baristas, although they are simple to make at home as well.

Try adding a bit of dark chocolate syrup and milk to a cup of coffee. Or go to a coffee shop and order a mochaccino or an iced caffè mocha if you prefer iced coffee. They're both popular choices.

6. Amaretto

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Amaretto Coffee is best made as a creme

Amaretto was originally the name for an Italian almond-flavored liqueur. 

It's since become known as a sweet, toasted almond flavor that finds its way into everything from cocktails to desserts.

Amaretto is best made as a creme you can splash in your coffee in the morning. Combine equal parts of evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and Amaretto liqueur and cook until reduced. Store in the fridge.

The flavor of a good amaretto sweetener should be sweet and toasty with a hint of bitterness.

7. Peppermint

Peppermint is an unusual choice for coffee flavoring–its flavor profile is cool and green, with a menthol smell. But for some reason, it tastes fantastic in hot coffee.

One way to add it is to splash peppermint schnapps into a cup of dark roast black coffee. It sets off the bitter natural flavor of dark beans perfectly.

You can add peppermint syrup to lattes for a new take on a wintertime tradition, or add it to cold brew coffee during warm weather for a cooling treat.

The Last Word In The Most Popular Coffee Flavors

All of these additions are great in coffee; what you prefer depends upon personal choice.

They are also available in sugar-free coffee syrup versions if you're trying to watch your health.

Many of these flavors are available infused into ground coffee as well. So if you're a home-based coffee drinker and prefer your own coffee maker, buying a flavored blend may be a better choice.

Try to get blends made with arabica beans, as their more delicate flavor compliments the infusions and they tend to be of higher quality.

Don't be afraid to try something new. You might like it!

Most Popular Coffee Flavors FAQs

Can you put pure extracts in coffee?

Yes, you can flavor coffee with extracts rather than syrups if you prefer. Vanilla and almond extract are widely available in grocery stores. Start with a few drops and add more to taste.

What are the most popular flavors at Starbucks?

Vanilla Lattes are the most commonly ordered flavored drinks, followed by their seasonal pumpkin spice latte.


  • A E Inman is a direct response copywriter and humor blogger. When she's not poking fun at her attempts to start a writing business, she can be found in the tea aisle of her local import store, arguing with strangers over the merits of rare tea varietals. She enjoys writing copy while consuming copious amounts of coffee and gunpowder tea.