There are the few exceptional coinnoisseurs out there that do not need a coffee guide per se, but then there are the majority who absolutely either need coffee like cars need petrol and those who simply love the different perfect flavours that come with each and every strain of coffee bean, and each and every unique way in which coffee is prepared, they are the people for whom this coffee guide exists.
There are approximately a million different ways to enjoy coffee, there are some of the strangest and quirkiest ways of getting that caffeine perfection into your system, however eating a spoon of freshly ground fine coffee beans and then downing it with a warm muglet of cream are not the extremes at which we are now going to venture into. Mainstream preferred and beloved ways of enjoying coffee is generally narrowed down to fifteen techniques that have been perfected over the centuries.
- The Cappuccino: Originating from Italy. Named after the Capuchin friars and the colours of their habits. Made with 2 shots of espresso, ¼ steamed milk, ¼ milk foam.
- The Café Latte: Originating from Italy. Name directly translating to milk coffee. Made with 1 shot of espresso, 3/5 steamed milk, 1/5 milk foam.
- The Flat White: Originating in Australia. Believed that the first documented origin was found at Moors espresso bar in Sydney in the mid 1980’s. Made with 2 shots of espresso and the rest of the cup is filled with steamed milk using techniques to create art.
- The Americano: Originating in Italy or in Latin America. Made with 1/3 espressoand 2/3 hot water.
- The Café Breve:Origin unknown, suspected to be of Italian descent. Made with 2 shots of espresso, ½ steamed milk, ½ foam, ¼ milk foam.
- The Long Black: Originated in Australia and/or New Zealand. Made with 1 shot of espresso, ¾ hot water.
- The Macchiato: The name has its origin in Portuguese which was café pingado meaning coffee with a drop, mainly because the baristas used macchiato’s to show baristas the difference between espresso and espresso with a pinch of water, the latter being marked. Made with 1 shot espresso, a dollop of cream / milk foam.
- The Espresso: Originated in Italy. Made with 1 shot of espresso, may be taken as a double, great in the mornings.
- The Espresso Con Panna:Originated in Italy. 1 shot / 2 shots of espresso and a dollop of fresh cream.
- The Classic Black: Origin cannot be pinpointed, suspected to be Italy. Made with a full cup of filter coffee.
- The Café Mocha: Originated in Mocha, Yemen, named after the coffee bean from that region. Made unconventionally with ¼ espresso, ¼ chocolate syrup, ¼ steamed milk, ¼ whipped cream.
- The Café Melange:Originated in Germany. Made with 1 cup of filter coffee and a dollop of whipped cream.
- The Miami Vice: Origin possibly inspired by watching the TV series in one go. Made with 1/3 espresso, 1/3 cubano coffee, 1/3 hot water and sugar.
- The Vienna Coffee: Origin unknown. Made with 2shots of espresso, 1 gigantic dollop of the freshest cream available.
- The Iced Coffee: Origin worldwide. Every country has an interesting variation to this heavenly drink. Made in run of the mill venues with 1 cup of chilled filter coffee, ¼ cold milk served over ice. Spruce this up and leave the mill by adding cream and ice cream and crush the ice finely.
Every single one of these fantastically perfect styles of enjoying coffee have their own personality and for all those who delight in the fine dining of the coffee bean, all those who have that delicate palette wired finely enough to taste beyond a chicory and find a chicory a blasphemy of inexplicable notes know that it is not only style that makes the coffee but the process of the journey of the coffee bean to the destination that is your cup and then your eager lips. Now a cup of Kopi Luwak is not a probability for every coffee coinnoisseur but a definite dream, after all known as being the most expensive coffee in the world, a good cup of weasel digested coffee bean excremented coffee is definitely on everyones morning to do dream list.