Looking to impress with some barista skills of your own? Or have you simply always been curious how those restaurant beverages were made?
Either way, look no further, as we have come up with a simple guide to making the delicious coffee classics you know and love.
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The Italian word ‘Espresso’ refers to coffee made on the spot upon request. It is brewed by forcing steam or hot water through finely ground darkly roasted coffee beans. It is generally thicker than coffee brewed by other methods, and it has crema on top.
The double Espresso packs twice the punch with an extra shot of Espresso. Get your buzz on!
The Italian word ‘Macchiato’ means stained, and is a drink of espresso coffee with a dash of frothy steamed milk, accompanied by micro form.
An Americano coffee is a shot of Espresso coffee infused with hot water. The first Americano coffee is thought to have come from the battlefield of World War II. American GIs in Europe tried to make a coffee similar to the one they were accustomed to by diluting it with hot water. Later on the coffee became popular in the US.
A cappuccino is a type of coffee made with espresso and milk that has been frothed up with pressurised steam. ‘Cappuccino’ means little hood in Italian, and got its name because of the hoods worn by a particular order of Franciscan monks — Capuchin monks, or ‘Cappuccini’ in the local tongue.
This drink consists of a double shot of espresso combined with micro-foamed milk that is heated consistently all the way through. The flat white is often served a little colder than a cappuccino. The milk is freely poured in with the espresso resulting in the velvety texture of the drink remaining. The Flat White was invented in either New Zealand or Australia, but this remains very much an unsettled argument Down Under.
Double the size of your regular Cappuccino, this is perfect for when you know you going to need more than one.
A latte is a coffee made with espresso and steamed milk. Latte is a short form of the Italian ‘Caffè latte’ or ‘Caffellatte’, which means milk coffee.
The combination of Espresso, ice cubes, cold milk, and honey to sweeten, create a great iced coffee without having to use ice cream as many American ice coffee recipes do.
The Mocha coffee is similar to that of the cappuccino, but with the infusion of hot chocolate. ‘Mocha coffee’ got its name from the mocha bean, which was originally cultivated in Yemen.