Saturday, September 15, 2007

Want a whole lotta latte...

Seems like I'm always getting messed up at Starbucks and their 87,000 choices - so when I brew at home, here are the details I need to fuel my inner barista...

Espresso
A drink whose name loosely translated means “expressly for you”, espresso is a small 1.0 to 1.5 oz. shot of pressure brewed Italian coffee. A cup of espresso requires between 6.5 to 7.5 grams of ground coffee. Espresso is used as the coffee base in many of our favorite coffee drinks. Properly brewed, an espresso will feature a layer of rich crema on the surface. Espresso, while apparently a simple drink, is in reality a complex product. It is derived from 1500 chemical substances (800 volatile and 700 soluble), and when prepared correctly involves 13 independent chemical and physical variables. By the way, any decent bean can be used for espresso, just grind it finer than you would for drip.

Cappuccino
Made by combining equal parts of steamed milk, milk froth and espresso.

Americano
Espresso coffee poured into hot water.

Latte
Espresso mixed with plenty of steamed milk.

Mocha Latte
Espresso mixed with hot steamed chocolate milk.

Macchiato
An espresso (single shot or double) stained (or marked) with a large dollop of frothed milk.

Cheers...

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