“I’ve measured out my life with the coffee spoons.” – T.S. Eliot
From Espresso to Cappuccino, man is still busy in perfecting the art of preparing and consuming coffee. Trends and forms keep on evolving with time but coffee has remained constant over years. Recently, the trend-train has stopped at a station promoting aged coffee! You read it right, “AGED COFFEE”. But no, don’t mistake it as a sparkle like the aged wine or whiskey.
Coffee is magical. Being preferred since olden days and now as a modern-day commuter, coffee is more of an addictive necessity than a drink of palate.
Espresso is generally a denser black coffee brewed by forcing steam through coffee beans at a higher concentration of liquids. Espresso has thick, golden-brown creamy foam on the top surface. Espresso is used as a base for many coffee drinks like Mocha, Americano, and Latte etc.
Cappuccino is a luxurious drink which is quite commonly found in the corner of coffee shops. Espresso is prepared using hot milk, espresso and steamed milk foam and the ratio of espresso and hot milk swirl at 1:1. Cappuccino is extremely rich in complex flavours.
Espresso + hot water!
Yes, Americano is a style of coffee made by mixing hot water to espresso. Several flavours are added to Caffè Americano to give it similar strength but a slightly different flavour than the brewed coffee. The strength of Americano depends upon the number of espresso shots added to it. Many coffee houses still struggle with perfecting the art of preparing Americano and as a result, it has become creamy.
Coffee Mocha is a mix between Latte and hot chocolate, often topped with the whipped cream. Mocha can also be prepared by adding chocolate powder to the espresso and then further adding steamed milk and foam into the brew. Okay, on an easy note, Mocha is the entry-level into the world of coffee, bridging between hot chocolate drinks and adult lattes’!
Affogato is basically the desert coffee usually favoured during the summer and really a good number of people enjoy it during the night after the dinner. It is made by adding vanilla ice cream to the single or double shot of espresso. Few people even add shots of whiskey to give it an Irish kick!