How to order an Italian Coffee – What to eat with your coffee: Italian breakfast

If you’re  ordering coffee  in an Italian bar, it’s probably breakfast time or shortly after your meal so you can get un caffè  to  help  your  digestion.  If  it’s breakfast,  expect  a  mainly-sweet food offering, heavy on the carbohydrates. Cornetti (cornetto sing.) or brioche are Italian croissants which are usually less buttery and more bread-like than French… Read More How to order an Italian Coffee – What to eat with your coffee: Italian breakfast

How to order an Italian Coffee – Ordering coffee in a bar in Italy

Un bar, a bar in Italy does not always imply where people go out clubbing and get drunk late at night (those are usually discoteche or discopubs). Bars can be all-encompassing:  they serve  breakfast in the morning, are open until lunchtime and serve food (panini, Italian sandwiches,  already  prepared  salads, and even pasta or meat courses),… Read More How to order an Italian Coffee – Ordering coffee in a bar in Italy

How to order an Italian Coffee – Sweetening Your Coffee and Non-Coffee Drinks

There are a few standard additions to your coffee if you don’t want to drink it amaro – fig: “black,” lit: “bitter” :   Zucchero:  Plain  white,  refined  sugar, which  will  usually  come  in  its  own single-serving bag. Some people collect the bags as almost every bar will have their   logo   and/or   specially-designed bag. Pronunciation: ZOOC-ker-oh… Read More How to order an Italian Coffee – Sweetening Your Coffee and Non-Coffee Drinks

How to order an Italian Coffee – Special Coffee Drinks

Not all bars will have these specialties available (and some not year-round) but if you find a bar that does them right, you’ve found a favorite for life!   Caffè  Affogato  –  literally,  drowned coffee. But what a way to go – coffee drowned by a scoop of ice cream. Pronunciation: ahf-foh-GAH-toh   Granita  di  Caffè… Read More How to order an Italian Coffee – Special Coffee Drinks

How to order an Italian Coffee – Popular Variations on Caffè Espresso

These  drinks  are  further  variations  on the  coffee  itself.  Most of these  drinks can have  milk added  to  them but  the important  thing  about  ordering  these drinks is specifying how it is brewed – doubled, water added, chilled, reduced! Caffè Doppio  Two shots of espresso, served in a  larger  cup, tazza  grande. Pronunciation: DOHP-peeoh Caffè… Read More How to order an Italian Coffee – Popular Variations on Caffè Espresso

How to order an Italian Coffee – Popular Italian Coffee Drinks

Caffè  –  In  Italy  the  word  “caffè” naturally implies an espresso. There is no need to specify “espresso” when ordering. It will be served in a porcelain demitasse  cup  “tazzina”  with its  own saucer    and    little    stirring    spoon. Pronunciation: cahf-FEH   Caffè Macchiato – this espresso is served in a demitasse cup and has a dash… Read More How to order an Italian Coffee – Popular Italian Coffee Drinks

5 Simple Steps to a Fresh Cup of Home Brew Coffee Part 2

3. Extract the Coffee Coffee extraction is the process of ‘soaking’ the ground coffee with hot water that is between 91 to 96ºC. The temperature of water and the timing of extraction (ie, the duration that you ‘soak’ the grounds) will affect the taste of your cup. Play around with these 2 variables to find… Read More 5 Simple Steps to a Fresh Cup of Home Brew Coffee Part 2

5 Simple Steps to a Fresh Cup of Home Brew Coffee Part 1

1. Select Your Beans Single Origin Beans are typically used when brewing coffee at home. In bigger scale set ups, coffee beans from different origins can be mixed to create another dimension of taste. However, for the home brewer, single origin beans are recommended. Using single origin beans does not limit your choices or range… Read More 5 Simple Steps to a Fresh Cup of Home Brew Coffee Part 1

Step by step guide to making Latte, Cappuccino & Flat white

When preparing espresso based coffee beverages, it is a good practice to have the milk and espresso drink prepared simultaneously, to achieve the best flavor from your coffee beverage. If you are unable to simultaneously prepare them both, or the espresso machine you are using is not equipped with a steam wand, prepare the milk… Read More Step by step guide to making Latte, Cappuccino & Flat white