The Coffee Menu Explained
The most popular types of coffee drinks are outlined below.
Filter or Percolator Coffee
Black coffee: Filter coffee served solo
White coffee: Filter coffee served with cold milk
Café au lait: Lait is the French word for milk. Café au lait is an equal mixture of filter coffee and warm milk
Is a unique preparation method, the coffee is made quickly and under pressure in a special machine. Espresso brewing has the power to extract the spirit of coffee delivering rich consistency, a supreme body, intense aroma, mild acidity and rich aftertaste and a beautiful golden froth on the top called the crema.
It is fundamental to select only the best Arabica beans to produce the pure espresso. They deliver intense aroma and taste, with less caffeine. Arabica beans are the ideal for a perfectly balanced beverage. The purest espresso experience is to drink it straight, an espresso cup only amounts to a few sips however they when created from high quality natural Arabica beans it is an absolute pleasure.
Variations on the espresso
- Americano: Espresso diluted with hot water; one shot of espresso with up to seven ounces of water.
- Cappuccino: Equal parts espresso, warm milk and milk froth. This milky breakfast brew is named after the colour of the habit of the Capuchin monks, who in turn were named after their hoods (cappuccino) of their habits.
- Lungo: A "long" espresso which is prepared with twice as much water as normal. It tastes stronger than an Americano and milder than an espresso.
- Doppio: A double shot of espresso. Two single espressos which are served in a larger cup.
- Ristretto: A very short espresso prepared with the same amount of coffee as a normal espresso but using only have the normal amount of water.
- Espresso con panna: Espresso topped with a layer of thick cream.
- Espresso macchiato: Espresso “marked” with a dash of milk or milk froth.
- Cortado: Espresso in an espresso cup, topped with steamed milk. The milk rounds off the taste making it a good beginner's drink for those who wish to acquire the taste for a pure espresso.
- Caffe Latte: “Latte” is the Italian word for milk. Originally, caffe latte was made using a mocha coffee pot and then adding warm milk. Coffee bars now make caffe latte using espresso coffee and steamed milk and serve it in a tall glass.
- Caffe Mocha: Chocolate sauce, espresso and steamed milk. The word mocha has come to mean many things including the flavour combination of coffee and chocolate it originally referred to coffee grown in the Arabian Peninsula .
- Coffee cocktails: Coffee served at the end of a meal combines beautifully with spirits either drunk alongside one another or in the same cup.
Whatever way you like your coffee there is no substitute for your own personal taste.