Great coffee at home
Only black or white coffee is a thing of the past, because today cafes and restaurants offer a variety of coffees. But do you really have to go to a fine coffee place to enjoy one of your favorite drinks? In fact, no. Invigorating espresso, creamy latte or cappuccino with a pattern in milk foam - you can also make such coffee at home.
What is to blame for “ordinary” sliced coffee?
Many people drink a cup of sliced coffee, and it is one of the fastest and most popular ways to enjoy coffee at home. However, coffee experts are not happy about it, because there are several disadvantages. Namely, if coffee is brutally poured into boiling water, it "burns", "closes", loses its taste and aroma. In addition, often such sloppy coffee stands on the table, is drawn in and slightly forgotten, thus releasing more caffeine. If this stimulant is not desirable for the body, it is better to choose other ways of making coffee, where water comes into contact with coffee for a shorter time. In this sense, the espresso coffee made in the machine is very good - water under pressure flows through the coffee in half a minute, and the result is a very strong coffee, but it has relatively little caffeine.
Coffee in a torture can
People tend to buy the so-called Italian torment cans, in which water boils in the lower compartment and pushes through the coffee tank with the help of steam pressure, pouring coffee out of the upper part of the can. Here are some conditions to make the mocha really enjoyable - it is better to use a slightly coarser ground coffee than in an espresso machine, so that the water passes through the coffee fast enough. If the grind is very fine, the water will push through longer and the coffee will be more bitter as a result. It is recommended to pour already hot water (not boiling) in a mocha can and put it on a warm stove (better on the so-called "small fire"). If everything is cold, the water will warm longer and the coffee will heat up, but this is not desirable. When you hit the right temperature and with a suitable coffee, you can also get a creamy layer of foam in the can - though true, not as beautiful and thick as those made in an espresso machine.
While some enjoy a variety of "delicious" coffees with milk foam and additives, others are engaged in brewing coffee and enjoying the taste of as pure coffee as possible, experimenting with coffee varieties, roasting grades and grinding nuances. The tools are also diverse, including alchemist-worthy glassware with a burner and a vacuum system (siphon). Also popular are coffee air presses, which can be used in different ways, and the result is black, relatively strong coffee. The filter is thinned, and this press must use a specific ground coffee, coarser than, for example, espresso. You can also take such a press with you on a picnic or on a long hike, because it is small, light and practical.
Preparation of Chemex
One of the simple and very manual ways of brewing coffee is coffee in a chemex container - with this special brewing method you can get a clear and light coffee in terms of texture, because the special filter contains a lot, so the coffee is not too strong in taste, but it contains caffeine. more than espresso. To make chemex coffee, you need a special jug and a special, very fine coffee filter. First, a filter is placed in the opening of the chemex container, then it is first moistened by pouring hot water from a special jug, the spout of which is designed so that the jet is soft and even. The water is then drained from the chemex, coffee is poured into a wet filter (classic ratio 60-65 g of coffee per 1 liter of water) and, in a circular motion of hot water (about half), the coffee is slightly wetted and waited for a while, allowing the coffee to "bloom". can extract essential oils and other benefits. Then pour the remaining water over the coffee in a slow circular motion. It is important that the coffee is loaded evenly in the filter and not with a hill, as this will extract it more evenly. Then remove the filter, shake the jug a little and pour into double-glazed glasses.
How to froth milk if there is no milk frother?
If there is no special frother for milk, it can be whipped in a French press coffee pot. Heat the milk until bubbles appear (but do not boil), pour about a third into the press can, place the press and, whisking it up and down, the whipped milk. Definitely not as creamy and frothy as with a steam or electric frother, but there will be no fault! How to draw a heart in milk foam? Three things are important - the opportunity to make a good espresso with a thick layer of coffee foam (you will need a coffee machine), frothing milk in the right consistency and training in this art (it even has a name - latte art). • Make espresso first. Once the coffee has been poured from the machine into the cup, shake it, gently circling, so that the thick cream foam spreads along the walls of the cup. • Whipped milk - preferably one that contains at least 3 g of protein per 100 ml. The best consistency for drawing hearts, leaves and other drawings is creamy and as imperceptible as possible for air bubbles. The milk temperature should ideally be 63 degrees. If there is no thermometer, you can determine by hand - when it will be difficult to hold the jug, the milk is ready. § • When pouring milk into a cup, the most important thing is to pour the frothed milk first, keeping the milk jug relatively high and aiming the milk in the center of the jug. Then gradually, in a circular motion, pour on the edges, bringing the jug closer to the cup. Depending on the skill, the foam will end up with a heart or just a white milk spot, but it can be turned into an art. For example, take liquid glazed chocolate (in a tube for decors), press it around the circle of white spots and then use a toothpick to create drawings. Take a look at illy.com - there are practical and easy-to-understand video tips for both coffee making and milk pouring!
Whatever your preferences for making coffee - using a coffee grinder, air press, coffee decanter or a powerful coffee machine, welcome to our stores at 43 Valmieras Street, shopping center "Spice Home" and "Riga Plaza", where experienced coffee experts will provide valuable advice on the best coffee and cappucino, also using well-known brands of breweries such as Brewista, Chemex, Hario and Wilfa. Let's wait!
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