Do You Know All The Many Types Of Espresso Coffee Drinks?
At West End Park Cafe & Restaurant, we serve quite a few different types of delicious hot coffees. Do you know all the different types of espresso concoctions?
Espresso is a concentrated coffee brewed in a special machine that forces a small amount of almost boiling water (86-95 degrees) under pressure through the finely ground espresso beans. The pressure of this process will concentrate the coffee flavours, yet a serving of espresso actually has less caffeine content than a cup of traditional coffee. Straight espresso is typically dark and thick and served in a small cup to be sipped slowly. Espresso forms the base of many other drinks wherein water, milk, and other ingredients may be added.
Cappuccino is prepared with espresso, hot milk, and steamed milk foam with the emphasis on a prominent foamy top. When making a cappuccino, the foam is collected specially for this purpose, leaving only skimmed milk to be mixed into the drink (if at all) while the foam sits in a tall mass on the top surface. This actually will insulate the coffee and help it retain heat longer.
A latte is a drink made of espresso and steamed milk, generally in a 1:3 to 1:5 ratio of espresso to milk, with a little foam on top as a garnish. Unlike a cappuccino, the majority of the foam is not reserved but the milk and foam are mixed into the drink, moderating much of the coffee’s strong flavour. The latte is a great takeaway drink because the foam is mixed in vs. sitting on top.
A flat white is a drink with made with similar amounts of coffee and milk as a latte or a cappuccino, yet the difference is in the texture of the milk and the number of espresso shots. As with a latte, the milk for a flat white coffee is poured freely and not frothed, though a flat white will not have the foamy top of a latte. This drink has only one espresso shot (whereas a latte is often loaded with several) and thus is quite a milky ‘white’ drink.
A café mocha is a latte but with chocolate added, usually in the form of syrup or perhaps a powder. It’s rather like a mix of a hot chocolate/cocoa and a latte and is of course popular with those who love chocolate.
A chai latte is simply a latte that uses spiced tea, chai, instead of espresso, thus making it chai tea with steamed milk.
A macchiato is another drink made from espresso with a dash of foamed milk. Similar to a cappuccino, a macchiato is stronger and is often topped with cocoa or even other flavourings. Whereas a cappuccino is topped with foam at the end step, a macchiato typically starts with the foam first, then adds the espresso into the cup. It’s a very aromatic drink made with great care.
An afigato (affogato) comes from the Italian word for drowned and refers to any coffee beverage or dessert that is especially ‘topped’, either with espresso or with caramel or chocolate sauce.
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