Fancy Coffee Variations and How To Make Them

Fancy Coffee Variations and How To Make Them

If you are like many of us, you often swing by your favorite coffee shop and order coffees, cappuccinos, café mochas, lattes and espressos. And it isn’t the ambiance of the shop or the fancy coffee cups (or not) that makes you love the stuff, it’s the recipe of the coffee and of course the way it looks, that turns the trick. We all have a favorite style of coffee. Different types of coffee will taste different because of the origin and roast of the coffee bean, the grind, the amount of coffee used, the water, the temperature and a variety of other factors.

Maybe you, like I, have had a go at trying to reproduce the coffee goodness from the coffee shops at home, the way we imagine they are supposed to be done, but do we actually know the proper method to use to extort the captivating flavors perfectly? Below is a basic list of how to make those excellent coffees.

Cappuccino: This coffee product consists of equal parts steamed and frothed milk and a shot of coffee. The frothy milk is then poured on top of the coffee shot and dusted with nutmeg, cinnamon or chocolate powder.

Café Mocha: The easiest way to do this is to make it with quality hot chocolate, add a shot of coffee with steamed milk poured in and top with whipped cream, then lightly dust with chocolate powder. To achieve to best effect, use a clear glass-mug with a long stemmed spoon.

Latte: Foam and steam milk to 75 degrees (C). The ratio is worked out as half coffee and half milk. Slowly pour the milk down the side of the coffee cup or glass so it infuses with the coffee shot. The main difference between a latte and a cappuccino is a latte blends the milk and coffee together, whereas the cappuccino keeps the two apart.

Espresso: We have all had a foul espresso, right?. There are a number of possible causes for this, but the major cause of bitter espresso is using unsuitable coffee beans.

If you like espresso you are most likely a lover of all things coffee and know what makes a good coffee bean. So with this in mind, to make a good espresso coffee you need to follow these instructions:

• Finely grind the coffee beans
• You must use a special high pressure espresso pot, either a high pressure coffee machine or stove top model
• You must pack the espresso powder down firmly in the machine
• You must not try to make too much coffee at once
• You must see the crème (a golden-brown foam) floating on the top of the coffee shot
• You must use an appropriate espresso cup to keep the coffee warm as it is being drunk

When all is said and done, making coffee correctly is all up to you and the way your flavor buds take to the coffee taste. If you like coffee in a particular way, then make it that particular way. So do yourself a favor and learn the correct way to make coffees, lattes and espressos.

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A Brief History of Espresso

A Brief History of Espresso

Luigi Bezzera, the owner of a manufacturing business, invented Espresso at the turn of the century. Bezzera was simply trying to figure out a way to brew coffee faster. He figured if he could just add pressure to the brewing process it would speed things up, thus the “Fast Coffee Machine” was created.

His idea of a fast cup of coffee turned out much better than he had planned. He ended up with a better, fuller-tasting cup of strong coffee, as well as a much faster process. He found that his quicker, more efficient brewing method allowed for the quality of the beans to be extracted as opposed to the over-extracting he had previously experienced in his experiments. The term “Espresso” means fast in Italian, hence the name.

It wasn’t until later when Desidero Pavoni purchased the rights to the espresso machine from Mr. Bezzera that it became really popular. Pavoni was extremely successful in marketing the product and probably changed the way people drank coffee from then on. Just look around! Coffee and Espresso shops are everywhere, particularly in the USA. Coffee has become popular not only for the delicious beans, but the ritual of drinking coffee in all its delicious variations has given us a new place to socialize.

Espresso Timeline:

In 1901 Luigi Bezzera filed a patent for the espresso machine that contained a boiler and four “groups”. Each group could take different size filter that contained the coffee. Boiling water was then forced by pressure through the coffee and into a cup. Ambrogio Fumagelli says that this was the birth of (fast) espresso coffee.

In 1903 Luigi Bezzera’s patent was then purchased by Desiderio Pavoni and put to market in a big way.

In 1905 The Pavoni company began manufacturing the espresso machines solely based on Bezzera’s patent.

In 1927 the first espresso machine was installed in the United States. It was a La Pavoni Espresso Machine installed at Regio’s in New York.

In 1938 Cremonesi designed a piston pump that forced hot water through the coffee. It was installed at Achille Gaggia’s coffee bar.

In 1946 Gaggia begins manufacturing the commercial piston machine, leading to the currently popular foam or cream layered coffee, or cafe’.

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