9 TIPS TO BECOME A COFFEE CONNOISSEUR
Coffee is so much more than a quick caffeine fix; in fact, we’d go as far as to say that it’s a lifestyle. Think sidewalk cafés in Paris, cosy coffee shops in the heart of Cape Town and trendy spots along the Copacabana in Brazil. There is such a vibrant coffee culture all around the world and with the range of appliances we have in-store you can even make the perfect cup in the comfort of your own home.
Ready to embark on the journey to become a real connoisseur? The first step is knowing what’s what and how to serve it – so here is a list of nine classic coffees to get you started:
Made by forcing boiling water through coffee grounds under high pressure, an espresso is the perfect pick me when you’re dashing between meetings. It’s also the ultimate end to an extravagant dinner party, to accompany a digestive such as cognac or port. Serve it in these stylish Bali espresso cups and saucers and you can’t go wrong.
If you want to take the edge off an espresso shot without losing the concentrated flavour then this classic style of coffee is the one to go for, served with a dollop of frothed milk on top. Add a home baked biscotti to the mix and you’ve got the perfect treat lined up to impress your guests.
Typically an Americano is a single shot of espresso with hot water added until the strength is similar to drip or filter coffee. Pour it in to one of these nifty travel mugs for your drive to work, add hot milk and a sneaky spoon of sugar, and you’re all set for the day.
A popular choice for lots of South Africans, with equal parts espresso, steamed milk and frothed milk. When you’re making cappuccinos at home, remember that the froth or foam should be wet and velvety, mixing naturally with the pour, and not simply sitting atop the drink like a large, bubbled meringue.
A flat white is very similar to a cappuccino, with ‘flat’ rather than frothy milk. To achieve this texture, pour the steamed milk from the bottom of the jug, holding back the lighter froth on the top in order to access milk with smaller bubbles, making the drink smooth in texture.
Caffé latte (Italian)
A latte is a double shot of espresso and steamed milk, with very little or no foam added on top. For a perfect cup, use a spoon to hold back the foam when you pour the steamed milk, and then top it off with a little foam. Lattes are often flavoured with syrups such as vanilla, hazelnut or gingerbread – let us know what your favourite addition is.
Whether you opt for blended ice, a glass of cold milk or ice-cream, make sure you add enough espresso to give it a rich coffee flavour. Adding a drizzle of condensed milk is a great idea if you decide to make the ice version, to give it a creamy texture and touch of sweetness. Serve it in an elegant high ball glass and you’re good to go.
Café mocha or mochaccino
Coffee and chocolate – what could be better? Start with a single shot of espresso, add your favourite hot chocolate powder or syrup, and top with steamed milk. For something a little different, try a cafe Borgia, which is a mocha with orange rind and sometimes orange flavouring added. It’s often served with whipped cream and topped with cinnamon.
On a cold winter’s night there is nothing quite like an Irish coffee to warm you up. All you have to do is pour espresso into a wine glass, add a shot of whisky and top with cream.
So if you’re ready to take things up a notch, grind your own beans and invest in a world class coffee machine that will stand the test of time, then you can’t go wrong with a Breville Barista Express. It has a has a built-in grinder that allows you to grind only what you need, and at 1700Watts of power, you will take your coffee-making skills from novice to professional in just seconds. Visit our website for a range of other coffee machine choices, from world class brands such as Espresto and Nespresso.