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For a lot of people, coffee is a staple drink in the morning and even throughout the day so having a cup is a common scenario around the world. Apparently, coffee is one of the most consumed drinks in the planet and can be considered as part of life, culture and tradition.
Before, it is said to be bad for the health but because of numerous studies and researches, probably we already knew that coffee is a rich source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help to protect the body (or good body cells) from being damaged by the free radicals and said to help in delaying the signs of aging. If we want to maintain a long term health and prevent diseases, that’s the importance of having antioxidants in our system. Some studies even endorsed coffee (green coffee) for weight loss.
Now let us explore how can we enjoy and savor the aroma and taste of this drink. There are lot of ways to get creative with coffee to tickle your taste bud.
Here’s what I have found out (references cited at the end).
There are many different roasts and they cater to all different styles of coffee drinks. The most popular are American, French, Italian, European, and Viennese.
- American, also called “regular roast”, is the best known. The beans are roasted moderately, so the flavor is not too light and not too heavy. It's just right for the average coffee drinker.
- French roast is perfect for the strong-coffee lover. It's a darker roast with a more robust flavor.
- Italian is even stronger. It's almost black in color, and is ideal only for espresso.
- European roast is a mix of 2/3 heavy roast beans and 1/3 regular roast.
- Viennese is just the opposite with 1/3 heavy roast beans mixed with 2/3 regular.
The Art of Blending
Caffe Latte – a blend of 1/3 espresso and 2/3 steamed milk
Caffe Americano – a blend of espresso and hot water.
Caffe Mocha – a blend of 1/3 espresso, a shot of cocoa or chocolate, and 2/3 steamed milk.
Capuccino – a blend of 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk, and 1/3 frothed milk.
Caramel Macchiato – a blend of frothed milk, espresso, a dash of vanilla, and creamy caramel sauce.
Lait – a latte brewed with a French roast instead of espresso.
Frappe – coffee, sugar, milk or cold water. These are combined in a shake with a small quantity of ice and shaken vigorously to produce thick foam. In England and some parts of New England, a frappe is a simple milkshake. But in many coffee shops it is ice cream, milk and espresso blended like a milkshake.
Just blend and pour over ice to create the iced version of all of the above (except for frappe), and whether regular or flavored iced coffee, surely it is a special treat. Many coffee shops have their own special versions of some of these blends as well, so try new things and judge it depending on your taste. You may just find a new favorite.
Useful link about Coffee
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