Simple syrups are an easy way to enhance your drink with flavor and sweetness. Many types of flavors can be made into a simple syrup, such as herbal, floral, fruit or citrus. There are many recipes out there, and the key to making a great and flavorful simple syrup is making sure you use the right ingredients. That said, here are three tips to help you make a high-quality simple syrup.
Ingredients If you watch any episode of Chef's table, somewhere, in the beginning, they talk about the ingredients. Having quality ingredients can make or break your syrup, and make sure that everything from the sugar to the water is the best that you can find. You will notice a difference in how the flavor presents itself in your drink and even how long it lasts or how artificial or natural it tastes. It may cost you more to make, yet you will appreciate the quality.
Flavor When choosing the flavor of your syrup, be aware of the strength that flavor carries and how it may interact with the coffee, tea, or even alcohol you add. Flavors like lavender and elderflower should be a gentle hint or enhancement to the beverage. In contrast, cinnamon will have much more of a presence in the drink, especially an apple cinnamon latte or cocktail.
Sugar Understanding how different sugars affect your drink can be a game-changer in how it tastes. Darker sugars add more complexity, are richer in flavor, and even darker in color. Lighter sugars tend to be sweeter, so you can use less sugar to make the syrup sweeter. Note that the more sugar you use, the longer the simple syrup will last, yet at the same time, it may be more prone to crystalizing.
Ensure that you store your simple syrup in the refrigerator. It will last longer, and at least for the simple syrups I make, they tend to be sweeter than when I store them on the counter.
If there is one espresso machine with significant anticipation of its release, is Faema's Faemina home espresso machine. Faema's 42nd edition had a lengthy hiatus, bursts onto the scene, and joined the new era of espresso at home and possibly in your local cafe. Being one of the most highly customizable yet automated machines, the Faemina has an onboard water reservoir that allows you to adjust the water temperature and has a built-in water softener to protect the machine from long-term damage and deliver a higher quality of water.
The best part is that you can use the Faemina for more than espresso. Remember that highly customizable part? Those customizations also include water flow and amount in addition to water temperature so you can make drip coffee and pour-overs, including the bloom, pause, and continuation of a pour-over you would do manually. You can also adjust the height for different cup sizes. This truly may be the best espresso machine that brings you the same caliber of coffee from your local cafe to your home.
The Faemina is expected to be available in the United States in Q2 of 2022.
When you think about coffee, one country should come to mind first: Brazil. This South American country is the center of all coffee, and Brazil produces the most coffee in the world by a fair margin. To put that in perspective, you could combine the next four coffee-growing countries, and they still wouldn't surpass the coffee production of Brazil.
With over 200K coffee farms, and more than 30 growing regions producing more than 61 million bags of coffee annually that produce both Arabica (approx. 70%) and Robusta (30%) beans, along with many styles such as peaberry, you are more likely to have consumed coffee beans from Brazil.
Brazil has the most complex and detailed coffee classification globally and one that can easily rival Europe's wine system. Brazil's coffee beans are mostly grown in the southeast, and their beans are not limited to espresso Brazilian coffee beans.
Their flavor profiles are the most diverse globally and range from respectable chocolate notes to intense sweetness with respectfully low acidity. What is unique about Brazil is that they are also a large consumer of coffee, whereas most other countries export their high-quality coffee beans, which will change in the near future.
The reason may be that most of their beans are unwashed or semi-washed, which is the most detailed and natural process and damages the beans, making this challenging to harvest.
The next time you find out that the beans you are about to try are from Brazil, know that they are naturally harvested and produced from a country with the most robust and detailed coffee system globally and the most diverse flavor profile.
When there are significant changes, shifts, or approaches to the process or new ways to use a product in an industry, it is considered a wave. Coffee has had major shifts that disrupted the norm and brought about better and higher quality coffee.
The most significant wave known to date is the 3rd wave, which brought us powerhouses like Blue Bottle, Ritual, and La Columbe. Where fair trade, the rise of the pour-over, and as some might not want to admit, the iced coffee became dominant.
That brings us to the fourth wave, which is already starting to show its influence in the industry. This wave will be a significant shift in the industry and have five sections that will grow: Domestic reinvestment, the rise of specialty and single-origin coffee beans, a revival of legacy coffee regions, expansion of flavors, and cocktail and tasting bars.
Over the next few weeks, I will share with you what each of these means and how it will enhance your coffee experience.
The Blaq (Black) latte is one of the newer trendy drinks starting to see a resurgence lately in the coffee house. Marketed as a healthy drink and stopping short of a superfood latte, the blaq (black) latte is usually made with activated charcoal that has anti-inflammatory qualities and is good for gastrointestinal issues.
Activated charcoal is helpful when treating poison or drug overdoses because the activated charcoal binds to the drugs or chemicals in your stomach, thus removing them. This is where the thought comes to mind that an activated charcoal latte is great for hangovers or detoxing. Yet, one thing to be cautious about is that out with the bad, can be out with the good as activated charcoal doesn't discriminate and can remove important probiotics and even medications you are currently taking.
Instead, opt for the alternative blaq (black) sesame seed latte. More people are used to sesame seeds, as they are added to sushi, ice cream, or boba tea. Sesame seeds are healthy, and a blaq (black) sesame seed latte can easily be sweetened with honey, agave, or a mild banana simple syrup. Using toasted sesame seeds adds a little more complex flavor.
Call me crazy, but when you get the chance to drink iced coffee, especially on an abnormally warm day in the winter, it hits the spot. The cool, refreshing temperature of the coffee paired with new and rich flavors is always welcome. Yet, if made incorrectly, iced coffee can taste like a watery caffeinated disaster. In this post, I will share some essential tips to make a great iced coffee.
We must first start with quality ingredients, and that means the beans. Medium roast is the preferred style of beans for a few reasons. First, lighter roasts tend to have more acidic qualities, and iced or cold brewing processes tend to soften this profile, allowing nuttier and sometimes chocolatey flavors to emerge. Additionally, iced coffees are more prosperous and smooth in flavor, and the aroma is stellar. Some roasters have specific blends that express more flavors when served at colder temperatures. It has been said that washed beans tend to be more refreshing when served cold.
Next is the brewing method. The three most popular ways to brew iced or cold coffee are cold brew (which can take anywhere from five to twenty-four hours), the pour over technique (think of using a V60 or Chemex), adding ice, and an espresso shot poured over with ice. Each of these three methods brings out the coffee in different ways. These next few weeks, we will explore how each of these is different and help you pick which one is best for you.
The pour-over surely takes place when choosing the brewing method for your favorite coffee beans. For most, the pour-over coffee is significantly better than the drip method because the flavors tend to be more vibrant, and you have more control over the brewing process. However, to truly experience all the flavors of a pour-over, you must try it hot and iced to get the full essence of the coffee. To clarify, cold-brewed coffee is served with ice, and then you can take a hot brewed coffee and cool it down by serving it over ice. This post will refer to a hot brewed coffee cooled down and served over ice.
When you use the iced coffee method, you should notice a difference because, technically, they are chemically different. Colder coffee drinks tend to have less acidity than hotter ones, which may account for them being smoother, and you may notice the flavors are more assertive, or you might discover new ones. On the surface, this may not seem like a big deal in the winter months, yet when the summer sun is nearing its peak in the middle of the day, you might want an iced coffee, and it is good to know what to expect.
What is a peaberry? Hearing that word the first time can sound confusing or foreign to those who don't know coffee. Yet the wave of peaberry coffee is coming, and you should be prepared for it. To get you ready, we have to take a step back and understand how a coffee bean is made. Coffee is the pit of a cherry fruit from a Coffea plant, known as stone fruit, which usually has two seeds. These two seeds are large and flat. However, a Peaberry seed, also known as caracolillo (little snail) for its round shape, only has a single seed in the pit of the cherry and is smaller than the standard coffee bean.
Peaberry isn't exclusive to the arabica or robusta plant. Both can produce peaberry beans. Peaberry isn't also connected to a specific roasting method or a particular way of brewing. It is just the single round seed produced from the coffee cherry tree. This is rare, and to give you perspective, approximately 5% of the world's coffee beans are peaberry beans. You can get peaberry coffee from all over the globe, yet Brazil, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Kona, and Tanzania (in alphabetical order) tend to produce the most. Any beans you see in the store labeled "peaberry" are carefully hand-picked and selected for purchase. This is why some feel that these are some of the world's most expensive and best coffee beans.
Some people believe that peaberry's flavor is better since the bean is denser and has more sugars than the ordinary coffee bean. There is debate on the best way to brew peaberry to experience their flavors fully. The french press seems to be the preferred way to fully experience a peaberry bean. However, a pour-over is prepared well, and an experienced cafe can serve an excellent peaberry espresso. Just make sure that you use quality water when brewing, as it can affect the taste.
As February approaches, cherry blossoms begin their legendary to bloom. Although there is an impressive number of cherry blossom trees in Washington DC (estimates show over three thousand), and the respectful and exclusive collection in the St Louis Botanical Garden (with over one hundred unique tree varietals), most know about the cherry blossoms that blanket Japan throughout the spring. Known as sakura blossoms, these cherry blossom trees bring so much color and joy to those who get the opportunity to experience them. As the season progresses, these blossoms are carefully collected and made into tea, and the best comes from Kyoto. They are either brewed and enjoyed as a tea or made into milk, thus creating the Cherry Blossom Latte. A few alternative recipes add white chocolate to express different flavors. Typically the sakura blossoms taste like cherries or strawberries and should be very subtle. If it is too strong, they may have used too much sugar.
Typically when you enter a restaurant, the basic espresso options are on the menu: cafe latte, cappuccino, and the winter favorite cafe mocha (Caffe Mocha), dark chocolate preferred, please. Then the menu changes based on the geographic location and the coffee shop's sophistication, which is where things become interesting. Coffeehouses usually have a specialty drink like a bleu or lavender latte or their take on a popular favorite, like the peppermint mocha. However, almost all reputable coffee houses have a secret or underground menu. You can order these drinks, and the coffee shop should know how to make them if you ask. Let's explore the current top 3 secret coffee menu items you should ask for.
Flat White There has been an interesting debate about what flat white should be. Should it have one shot or two in it? This can vary from one country to the next, and our vote is for two. That aside, the flat white, popular in Australia and New Zealand, is only 6oz (approximately 160ml) tall, making it shorter than a latte, so you will taste much more of the espresso than a latte. The key here is the layer of foam at the top. A Flat White has a skinny layer or flat layer of foam (approximately 2mm), and there is more of a velvety microfoam texture. If you are looking for an espresso drink and want a little bit less milk than a latte, the Flat White is the drink for you.
Cafe Lagrima If you love espresso yet don't want a full shot of espresso because it's just too late in the day or doesn't want the full taste of an espresso shot, the Cafe Lagrima is for you. Usually 6oz in total, the Cafe Lagrima features only 1/2 a shot of espresso, also known as a touch, and the rest is warm milk. You can get a ristretto shot if you are fancy. The Cafe Lagrima is great if you don't want a nice beverage with a touch of espresso flavor.
King Cortado The cortado is the best go-to travel espresso drink of all time. It's compact, has tons of flavor, and is well balanced. The King Cortado is for those who need a little bit more for the long haul. A King Cortado is still equal parts of espresso and milk. However, the King Cortado features three shots (3oz) of espresso instead of two (2oz), with a matching amount of milk. If you are looking for a long drive or an action-packed evening, we recommend the King Cortado.
For just under a decade, matcha has gained popularity with latte lovers. The vibrant green color, balanced caffeine band, and antioxidant properties make it a favorite among coffee lovers who want a healthier alternative to espresso.
The Cacao latte is a delicious alternative that gives you natural energy and keeps you well balanced. Cacao is packed with antioxidants and magnesium that will help reduce stress. Put these two together, and you have a fantastic superfood latte called the Mocha Matcha Latte, or Camo Latte.
The combination of natural cacao and high-quality matcha gives an excellent flavor profile and provides a sustained and balanced energy. This latte is perfect for those who want to reduce their coffee intake, still enjoy their latte and have a morning or afternoon pick me up. Although you can enjoy this with A2 whole milk, this latte is best enjoyed with oat milk in the winter.
Pour over coffee is a classic favorite that has gained popularity among many in the last decade. Pour overs uncover different flavors, and they can contain more caffeine than a shot of espresso. Pour overs are simple to make overall, and there are various techniques depending on which style of pour over you choose. Yet besides making sure the water temperature is correct, the coffee is ground right when you are ready to brew your coffee and selecting your preferred filter, there are three simple yet essential mistakes that most people make when brewing a pour over coffee, and we want to share them with you.
First, make sure everything that you need is around you and within arms reach. Preparation is key, and the little things can make a difference. Remember, time is not your friend here. Not having all you need right when you need it can damage the quality of your pour over, so make sure everything is ready.
Next, measuring everything ensures consistency, allowing you to figure out quickly where you made a mistake if you made one. Was there an error in the amount of water, how much coffee you used, or was the grind too fine or coarse? For the most part, you will worry if your pour over is too sour or bitter, which is easier to fix if everything else is consistent.
Lastly, make sure your grinds are even before pouring. This seems simple and is often overlooked. Grinds that are not level can result in an inconsistent brew, not allowing the water to extract all the flavors. One tip, is to complete your bloom pour and taste the coffee in the pitcher or cup. This is a good indication if you are on the right track. A quick note that for some, disregarding the bloom pour is preferred because it can be sour and influence the rest of your cup of coffee.
Remember that the roast you use can and will determine the water temperature. Darker roasted beans tend to work better with hotter water when brewing. Compared with medium and lighter roasted beans, which are more fragile, may not fair with hotter water, yet do wonderfully at lower temperatures
December 3rd is National Peppermint Latte Day and may be new to many people. When you think about it, December is a great time to enjoy peppermint. First, peppermint is a hybrid plant between spearmint and watermint, creating its signature taste and menthol cooling flavor that is great during the winter.
Peppermint is an excellent complement to coffee, hot chocolate, and milk, and who can forget the candy cane. It was only a matter of time to add peppermint to a latte as a winter treat, which became popular thanks to that well-known "Star" coffee house in 2002.
To be upfront, we have no clue currently why December 3rd is National Peppermint Latte Day, and when we do, we will update this post. Yet, after a hectic Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, a peppermint latte would be a nice treat to enjoy after all that shopping.
The golden latte, also known as a turmeric latte or Masala Haldi Doodh, slowly introduced itself into coffee shops and cafes over the past few years. The appealing golden color, along with its immune-boosting health benefits, make it an excellent option for the fall and winter months. Made from the highly healthy turmeric root, golden lattes are indeed a nice change from the traditional favorites. That said, here are four amazing benefits to the golden latte.
Milk Helps Absorb Turmeric: There are many ways to consume turmeric, and milk happens to be one of the best ways. On its own, turmeric has a low absorption rate, so when it is consumed as a tea, you may not bet all the benefits. Yet when paired with milk, particularly cows and goats milk, turmeric is absorbed much better by the body. These animals provide the right amount of protein and fat that deliver turmeric efficiently.
Essential Minerals. Two surprising minerals that turmeric has are Iron and Magnesium. Iron helps regulate the body's temperature, digestion, and energy. Additionally, iron is also responsible for bringing oxygen to your muscles and brain. Magnesium has a variety of benefits, including preventing high blood pressure and helping with multiple necessary chemical reactions in the body that help with energy creation, gene maintenance, and protein creation from amino acids.
Contains Antibacterial, Antifungal, and Antiviral Benefits: Studies show that turmeric and other ingredients commonly paired with a golden latte carry these three benefits. Since turmeric has a high amount of antioxidants, it is fantastic to give your immune system a boost in the colder months. It is suggested to take turmeric a few days a week, if not daily, to help your body in the long term.
Possibly Prevents Cancer. Let's be clear, It will take more than a turmeric latte to prevent cancer. However, curcumin (turmeric and curcumin hang out together all the time) in studies has shown to inhibit the growth of many types of cancer. Here are just a few: bone, breast, brain, kidney, leukemia, pancreatic, and prostate.
Most chocolate lovers don't like white chocolate. It is often in third place behind milk and dark chocolate and often not on the menu of coffee shops unless it is the holiday season. White chocolate has its advantages that many overlook. It has a smooth and creamy taste and pairs well with minty and nutty flavors. That said, there are three surprising facts about white chocolate that you need to know.
1) Real white chocolate isn't white. Quality cocoa butter used for authentic white chocolate is ivory-colored. If your chocolate is white, then it could be bleached or confectionary. Pay attention to the ingredients. Make sure that it contains cocoa butter and is not a cheaper oil substitute. Interestingly enough, in The United States, white chocolate must contain a minimum of 20% cocoa fat.
2) It isn't chocolate. White chocolate indeed originates from the cacao plant, yet the FDA states that 'chocolate' must contain chocolate liquor giving the bitter chocolate flavor and color we all know and love.
3) It absorbs odor. The smooth and creamy taste comes in part from the high-fat content, which allows it to absorb odor. When storing white chocolate, make sure it is in a cool location away from any foods that might emit odor. On the plus side, these same high-fat content also brings many antioxidants, allowing you to keep it for up to four or more years if stored properly.
One of the most popular beverages is the Caffe Mocha (cafe mocha), especially in the winter. In the last few years, the American style mocha has re-emerged as a coffee lover's favorite. The Italian-style mocha is thicker because they add cornstarch. Most refer to the mocha as a latte with chocolate, yet we really have to respect the difference here because it's all in the ingredients and the process to make the perfect Caffe Mocha. Those who love mochas tend to like a nice balance between the sweet and slightly bitter taste of chocolate and how its rich flavor pairs well with an espresso. The traditional mocha is made with cream on the top, and the more modern version is made with whipped cream.
First, choose high-quality chocolate or cocoa powder to get things started, preferably a semi-sweet or 60%-80% dark chocolate. Start with 1 tablespoon of powder for a 10oz cup. The next step is different from what other recipes tell you, and to some, it is blasphemy in the coffee world, yet this is one of the most flavorful ways to enjoy your mocha. You are going to pull your double espresso shot directly into the cup where you placed your chocolate or cocoa powder, and then with an electric frother or whisk, mix the two together until the powder is dissolved. Using this method, you will not see a pile of chocolate powder sitting at the bottom of the cup and allow the espresso and chocolate to blend together nicely. Then proceed to steam your milk or milk alternative and add it to your cup.
Although this recipe is different than most, you will be surprised at how your beloved Caffe Mocha has a well-balanced taste.
This spicy style of hot cocoa, or chocolate, got its origins in Mexico-Tenochtitlan when the Aztecs and Mayans started grinding up cocoa seeds and add water, chili peppers, or vanilla and thicken it up by using a wooden made frother. After the fall of the capital city to Spain, which was observed 500 years ago this August, the Spanish brought it back to Europe and added sweeteners as it was too bitter or strong for their taste.
After spreading throughout Europe after hundreds of years and introducing milk to hot cocoa through Jamaica, ingredients such as cinnamon and nutmeg accompanied chilies to make this drink a delightful yet complex drink. The most popular brands of Mexican hot chocolate are Abuelita and Ibarra.
One of the most common questions we get is, what is a Macchiato? or What is a Cortado? Some who have heard of them before ask, what is the difference? These two espresso drinks are friendly neighbors in the coffee world, yet the ever so slight difference between the two can make a significant difference in what you get, depending on what you desire.
So let's explore the difference between the two, so you can make an informed decision.
Macchiato | Mah-key-AH-toe Single espresso served with 1-2 tsp of foamed milk (normally warm)
Two drinks define Italian Caffe, espresso, and Macchiato. Unlike the well-known Starbucks version, an authentic Macchiato has a touch of foamed milk on the top. That touch of milk gives this drink its name, essentially meaning the espresso is "marked" with milk. Perfect for those who like espresso and want a touch of milk to soften the taste of the crema. Macchiatos are typically enjoyed in the afternoons or after your meal. Caution, there is this Italian cultural rule that milk shouldn't be consumed after breakfast or brunch, yet this allows you to get by with a respectable warning.
Cortado | Core - taa - doe Single or double espresso served with equal amounts of milk.
Originally from Spain, the Cortado is known as the best well-balanced espresso drink. Great for those who want the flavor of espresso and not an abundance of milk that might overwhelm your beverage as a latte would. We pause a moment to bring you up to speed, as there is a debate if a cortado should have one or two shots. We just believe that life is too short for a single shot. An interesting touch from Spain is that the Cortado uses steamed milk and not frothy like other espresso drinks, allowing the texture and viscosity to be much more rich and smooth.
Now you know, and the next time you go to our local caffe, you can try both, then make the decision on which one you like better.
International chocolate day, some call it world chocolate day, is a day to remember every year. Tell Google, Siri, Alexa, and every other AI to set an annual reminder. Observed on July 7th, international chocolate day is a day to celebrate one of life's most precious foods. How did we come upon this glorious day to exist? Well, according to historians, this is the day that chocolate was introduced to Europe. Spanish explorers, Hernan Cortes in particular, discovered it when visiting the Americas. Chocolate was already present in Mexico, Central, and South America. Throughout time, they added different ingredients, particularly sugar, making it much more acceptable throughout Europe.
Most believe chocolate is an unhealthy dessert that should be consumed in moderation. It is true that everything should be consumed in moderation. However, chocolate has many healthy attributes. Chocolate is packed with antioxidants, especially dark chocolate. It also possesses flavonoids, helps your heart and helps memory, and also acts as an anti-inflammatory.
Before going out and snack attacking this great food, remember everything in moderation. A few nice cubes or squares per day, with or without the green stuff (that's up to you), is all you need. Just think of today as the day you started enjoying this rich and flavorful food more often than binge eating it, and thank me later.
One of the most asked questions we receive about coffee is the difference between coffee and espresso beans? A valid question for sure, yet the answer may not be as exciting as much as you think. Let's start with the beans.
Commonly, coffee roasters will use specific beans for espresso and others for drip, pour-over, or pods. This is partly because roasters can consistently extract the flavors and the characteristics they want for their blend. This makes sense, especially if that cafe or coffee roaster has a signature blend they are best known for. That said, they technically are the same beans. The difference is in the roasting process. Espresso beans tend to be a medium or darker roast because the beans become more porous during the roasting process, allowing flavors to be more easily extracted during the quick process of an espresso pull. The darker roasts allow for the formation of what we all know and love: crema.
So being the coffee lovers or caffiends you are, you now know the difference between the two, or more how similar they are.
The first time I tried an affogato, I wondered why I had not heard of this wonderful delight much sooner in my life. For those who don't know, and affogato is a scoop of ice cream paired with a shot of espresso. You pour the shot of espresso over the ice cream and enjoy one of the best food pairings of all time. The pair seems so unlikely, yet so was chicken and waffles until your first tasted it, and you were sold. The bitter and sweet tastes with the temperature change are something to experience. The standard ice cream used is vanilla bean, and vanilla on its own is acceptable, yet why stop there. Over the years, I have tried a lot of combinations, and here are my top favorites.
Pistachio. This nutty-flavored combination is one of my favorites. Pistachios tend to be reasonably light in flavor compared to other nuts, and when made into ice cream from the right company, the flavor balance is impressive, quickly becoming one of your favorites.
Peach. Ripe for the summer, peaches are known to pair exceptionally well with tea, yet an unlikely pairing is with a shot of espresso. The sweetness of the peach and the dark, rich flavor of the espresso matches nicely. Similar to dark chocolate peach truffles, the pairing takes your taste buds on a lovely summer trip that ends in a caffeinated satisfaction that is worth booking a return trip.
Jasmine Tea. The fresh and fragrant scent of jasmine tea gelato or ice cream is pleasant on its own, and when paired with espresso, is nicely balanced. This pairing isn't for everyone, as some of us don't like jasmine tea, and if that is the case, you won't like this pairing either, yet for those who do, taste the jasmine tea first, and then the espresso to see the flavors develop. It is something different and can be appreciated by tea and coffee lovers.
Spicy Chocolate. Mochas are among the most popular espresso drinks of all time. Picante mochas are not so well known and become popular in the wintertime. The flavor heat from the spices pair exceptionally well with chocolate, as well observed from the TCHO flavor wheel, and adding espresso to the party will add a plethora of flavor options. Smokey to herby chili or even increasing richness. With this selection, the full spectrum of chocolate flavors opens many doors you never knew were there. For beginners, go with sea salt or Aji Panca, which is very light with a respectable kick for those sensitive to heat.
Enjoying coffee every morning at home should be simple. Drip and pour-over coffee are a lot easier to make than espresso on a daily basis. The key when making espresso is consistency and a few tips here and there to elevate your espresso.
Grind when ready. Starting with the basics, make sure you only use fresh coffee grounds. The flavor is much better, and your shot is going to turn out much nicer. Remember, as soon as you grind your beans, the quality, especially the flavor, diminishes. This may be why your espresso comes out flat.
Upgrade your water. One thing we tend to forget when making coffee is the water. We focus on the beans, how to grind properly, temperatures, and forget about the water. Filtered or treated water makes a huge difference when it comes to taste. Having good quality water, using a filtration system or a free-standing water filter will bring out a crispness in your espresso and unlock the flavor.
Heat You Cups. Cooling coffee down after you just brewed it can change its flavor. Remember the last time you had coffee that was sitting for a while. Do you like the taste? Remember how it changed? You can expect that the flavor will change with colder cups. It may not be as drastic, yet those who are particular will see the change. What you can do is pour some hot water in your cup to warm it up or do what they do at coffee shops, put it up on top of your espresso machine.
With so many people being lactose intolerant, plant-based or alternative milk has been rising for years. Initially, Soy milk was the superstar, yet others have arrived to share the spotlight in the past few years. Almond, Oat, and Ripple, the newcomer, are great options, and each offers its own benefits. Grocery stores have kept up with these options and have made them available to their customers. To help you figure out what you should be looking for in the right brand of alternative milk, here are a few things to remember:
Have the least amount of ingredients as possible
Keywords like "0g of sugar added" or "unsweetened
Limited in saturated fat
At least 7g of protein
Less than 150g of sodium per up, less is better
Calcium and Vitamin D
Other vitamins and nutrients that are important to you
It matters to take the time to review the label on the milk you select, so you get what you are looking for and receive the nutrients that you need.
A menu defines caffe. Just as much as the people who go there, the beverages and pastries help create its character. People visit from near and far to visit this place, because of what it has to offer, and to pick up their favorite drink or pastry. A true caffe, like any business that is customer focused, will listen and occasionally create drinks based on feedback. This is what my menu is, and will always be about, the customer. I am not saying we will always make what is requested, and with every new permanent or seasonal beverage, food option or merchandise, we will keep our customers in mind. With that said, you will probably see something that you have never saw before, or thought could be a beverage, and that in itself, is the character of Sipbie Caffe. So when you see us, stop by and experience something different, and if you stay a while, that's ok too.
Coffee has become one of America's favorite beverages. I can think of the last time I went somewhere in the morning and didn't see someone holding or drinking a cup of coffee. That said, have you ever wondered where all those coffee grounds go? Most of them in the trash or compost pile. Yet you can take these same grounds and use them to make creative mini succulent gardens. Let's show you how easy this can be to take these used coffee grounds and reuse them in a sustainable way.
First, brew your favorite coffee and place the used coffee grounds in a container allowing them to sit for 24 hours. Anywhere from 1-2 cups is sufficient. Then select a small to medium-sized pot, and make sure your pot has drainage holes because it will be healthier for the plants. At the ratio of 75% natural soil and 25% coffee grounds, mix them together, pour some water to dampen the soil, and let it sit for about 24 hours. The next day, take the succulents you selected and plant them about two inches apart in a pot. They need space to grow. Then, place the pot in an area that gets a fair amount of sun during the day. They grow best when they receive four or more hours of sunlight per day. You can water your new plant every four to seven days days, or if the soil is dry. Succulents tend not to like standing water, so just add enough to wet the soil around the stem.
There you have it, a nice succulent plant made from your used coffee grounds. It will be a great conversational piece when you have friends and family over.