Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Popular Types of Coffee Drinks

Espresso Espresso is an Italian name for a coffee beverage.

Basic Cappuccino

The traditional cappuccino recipe makes a coffee drink that is made of 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk and 1/3 frothed milk. Pour steamed milk into the bottom third of a cup and pour the espresso slowly into the steamed milk. Spoon frothed milk on top to fill the cup. A classic cappuccino is 2 ounces of espresso topped with 2 ounces of frothed milk. 

Coffee Latte

Latte is the Italian word for milk. Coffee latte is prepared with hot milk. In general, latte is prepared using one third espresso and two thirds steamed milk.

Latte has more milk than a cappuccino and a milder taste. It has become popular in the United States. It is often flavored with syrup.

A basic Recipe:
1. 1 1/4 cup of espresso grind or regular grind dark roast coffee
2. 1 cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
3. 6 cups of water
4. 2 1/2 cups milk or skim milk for lower calories
5. 2 1/2 teaspoons of sweetener, like Equal
6. ground cinnamon or nutmeg.

Put ground coffee and the pieces of the cinnamon stick into a drip coffee maker. Brew coffee with the 6 cups of water. Stir sweetener into coffee. Pour into 8 cups.

Pour milk into four cups of coffee. Repeat this with the remaining milk and coffee. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

It can sometimes be daunting walking into a coffee house and seeing the long list of coffee varieties and drinks on the menu. The name for this coffee drink stemmed from an insult to ‘uncouth’ Americans who weren’t up to drinking full espressos.

Black coffee: A drip brew, percolated or French press style coffee served straight, with no milk.

Cafe au Lait: Similar to Caffe Latte, except that an au lait is made with brewed coffee instead of espresso.

Caffe Latte: Essentially, a single shot of espresso in steamed (not frothed) milk. Cafe

Macchiato: A shot of espresso with steamed milk added. The ratio of coffee to milk is approximately 4:1.

Espresso Con Panna: Your basic standard espresso with a shot of whipped cream on top.

Greek Coffee: See Turkish Coffee.

Hammerhead: A real caffeine fix, this drink consists of a shot of espresso in a regular-sized coffee cup, which is then filled with drip coffee.

Iced coffee: A regular coffee served with ice, and sometimes milk and sugar.

Indian (Madras) filter coffee: A common brew in the south of India, Indian filter coffee is made from rough ground, dark-roasted coffee Arabica or Peaberry beans. It’s drip-brewed for several hours in a traditional metal coffee filter before being served. The ratio of coffee to milk is usually 3:1.

Instant coffee (or soluble coffee): These grounds have usually been freeze-dried and turned into soluble powder or coffee granules.

Irish coffee: A coffee spiked with Irish whiskey, with cream on top.
Melya: A coffee mixed with 1 teaspoon of unsweetened powdered cocoa and drizzled honey. Sweeter, not as intense in coffee flavor, and a good ‘gateway’ coffee for those who don’t usually do the caffeine thing.

Oliang/Oleng: A stronger version of Thai coffee, Oliang is a blend of coffee and other ingredients such as corn, soy beans, and sesame seeds.

Soluble Coffee: See Instant Coffee.
Turkish Coffee (also known as Greek Coffee): Made by boiling finely ground coffee and water together to form a muddy, thick coffee mix.

Vietnamese style coffee: A drink made by dripping hot water though a metal mesh, with the intense brew then poured over ice and sweetened, condensed milk.

White coffee: A black coffee with milk added.

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