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Best Espresso Coffee Beverages

 

Best Espresso Coffee Beverages for Home and Party!

 

Espresso is a concentrated form of coffee, created by using pressure to force a small amount of water heated nearly to boiling through finely ground coffee beans. Espresso is thicker than coffee made using other methods and stronger in taste and caffeine content.

No one knows the origins of the word, espresso, but the most elegant interpretation is that in Italian, French and English, the word refers to the three most defining characteristics of the brew. First, espresso is the result of forcing water through coffee beans, or expressing them. Second, espresso brews very quickly, or expressly. Third, espresso is traditionally made one serving at a time, or expressly for the person who will drink it.

Whatever the origins of its name, the five most popular espresso beverages are as simple to make, as they are profoundly delicious.

Cappuccino

Cappuccino

Cappuccino is named for its deep golden color, which is similar to the robes worn by capuchin monks.

1/3 cup hot milk
1/3 cup espresso
1/3 cup foamed milk

Heat 1/3 cup of milk for each cup of cappuccino you are making. Do not let it boil; just heat it until it is steaming.

Place the hot milk in a coffee cup.

Add 1/3 cup of hot, freshly brewed espresso.

Top with 1/3 cup of foamed milk. Creating a design in the foam is fun but not strictly necessary.

Canadiano

Espresso canadiano is known by several other names, including “A Shot in the Dark.” American military troops call it “MOAC” or “Mother of All Coffee.”

1 cup brewed coffee
1 shot espresso

Pour the brewed coffee into a large mug. Fresh and hot is best.

Add one shot of freshly brewed espresso.

Cubano

Espresso cubano is rich, dark and sweet.

5 tbsp dark roast, fine ground
4 to 6 tsp turbinado or table sugar
1 cup water

Fill your espresso machine`s basket with 5 tablespoons of finely ground dark roast for every 1 cup of water used.

Place 4 to 6 teaspoons of sugar in the coffee carafe. Turbinado sugar (pure brown sugar with no molasses added) is most authentic, but white table sugar will do.

Stir the sugar into the first few drips of espresso, creating a light foam. Let the espresso finish brewing and serve it hot and black.

Latte

Espresso latte is simply cappuccino without the foam. It is delicious hot and surprisingly refreshing when served cold with a dash of vanilla.

1 shot espresso
1 cup steamed milk

Place 1 shot of freshly brewed espresso in a 10 oz. mug, preferably clear.

Slowly add 1 cup of steamed milk, stirring it as you go to create a thin layer of foam on top.

Mocha

Espresso mocha is the best marriage of fresh espresso and luscious chocolate. It`s sophisticated enough for adults, yet appeals to the child inside.

1 tbsp chocolate syrup
1/2 cup espresso
1/2 cup steamed milk
Whipped cream
Shaved chocolate

Place chocolate syrup in the bottom of a coffee cup. Add freshly brewed espresso and an equal amount of hot, steamed milk.

Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Add raspberry or orange syrup for a special treat. Alternatively, try an even richer mocha like the Caff Medici, created by Seattle`s historic espresso bar, Last Exit on Brooklyn, which served the rich brew as early as 1975. Fill the bottom of a demitasse cup with a thin layer of chocolate syrup and a sprinkle of orange peel. Pour in a double shot of espresso and top it off with whipped cream.

While the word, espresso refers to a brewing method rather than to a specific variety, roast or grind of beans, the very best espresso drinks start with great quality beans. The coffee lovers at review site, BestCoffeeMachines.net suggest that you also start with the best brewing system possible to ensure that your espresso and espresso drinks are perfectly done from bean to cup.