Ordering that Perfect Cup of Coffee
Buying coffee these days isn’t just buying coffee. It’s a whole new world when it comes to buying a cup of coffee. Depending on the particular store that you’re buying coffee from you have to understand the language and how to buy a coffee drink. Yes, that’s what it’s called, not coffee, coffee drink! You first enter the shop and make you order. You tell the barista (now that’s coffee speak for the waiter or waitress) what it is that you want exactly. You will have to start out by describing the size of coffee cup you want first. The different sizes are short, tall, grande and venti. These sizes usually respectively refer to the following: 8 oz, 12 oz, 16oz and 20 oz sizes of coffee cups.
This is the simple part, the next part is a whole lot more difficult and you have to make sure that you order coffee according to the known terms. You can’t simply order a coffee the way that you ask for coffee in your office. There are three major types of coffee: the café’s, the espressos and the lattes. A latte is actually a shot of espresso that is mixed with a determined amount of steamed milk. A cappuccino consists of three major parts which are usually an espresso, steamed milk as well as frothed mild. The mocha is actually a latte or a cappuccino that has chocolate syrup added to it. This is a list of some of the more common types of coffee that you can order in a regular coffee shop.
Caffe Americano – This is one shot of espresso together with 6 or more ounces of hot water added to it
Espresso Con Panna – This is an espresso shot that has whipped cream in it.
Ristretto – This is a short pull or restricted shot of espresso. This means that during the brewing of the coffee a lot less water is permitted to pass through the coffee grounds. The flavor that results in the end is quite intense.
Lungo – A lungo is also known as an extra long pull. The brewing process ensures that twice as much water is allowed to pass through the coffee grounds.
Café Breva – This is a Cappuccino that is made with Half & Half instead of whole milk
Dry – This is an Espresso that is made with a small amount of foam and no steamed milk added.
Chairo – This is an Espresso drink that has an added amount of milk.
Caffe Mochaccino – This is a Cappuccino made with chocolate syrup added.
Frappe – This is a Coffee drink that made with some ice cream and milk
Shot in the Dark – This coffee is part espresso and part drip coffee.
Tasting and commenting on coffee has its own particular language. The first thing that you should take time and comment on is the aroma of the coffee, and then you comment on the appearance (otherwise known as the tone). After first tasting the coffee then you can then comment on the thickness as well as the consistency of the coffee weight.
The next thing that you should do is comment on the actual taste of the coffee and coffee has a number of different tastes. Coffee may taste bitter, briny, buttery, spicy, sweet, stale, or chocolaty. A number of other tastes also exist as well. If everything goes well then you can describe the coffee as full and well balanced.
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