One of the greatest things about coffee is the variety. From the types of bean selected before brewing to the whip cream topping, the possibilities of what’s in your cup and how you customize it to your liking are endless.
Whether you are a coffee newbie or seasoned pro, our coffee shop in Minneapolis is serving up all the classics with your original twist. Speaking of the classics, it’s not uncommon for people to ask us what makes up your favorite coffee shop beverage.
From cappuccinos and americanos to lattes and mochas, do you know what makes up your favorite?
It’s nothing to be embarrassed about, it’s our job to know how to make the drink and your job to enjoy it. But for those wondering, let’s take a look at what actually goes into the classic coffee house drinks you know and love.
Starting with the number one coffee drink consumed around the world, espresso. Espresso is simply a brew method for preparing coffee. When done correctly, it creates a stronger and thicker end product with a rich, layered collection of flavors. Also, yes, it has more caffeine per fluid ounce than standard coffee.
It starts by grinding the coffee beans to a very fine consistency. Hot, pressurized water is then forced through the grounds. This process creates a strong coffee topped with crema, a foam layer that forms from air mixing with coffee oils. The crema adds to the richness of the beverage.
Those who aren’t used to drinking espresso would probably describe it as very strong, if not slightly overbearing. Once accustomed to it, you’ll find espresso to have a fuller, sweeter flavor than most standard coffee. Espresso can be enjoyed on its own, where it’s typically served in smaller portions.
Espresso also acts as the base for most other popular coffee drinks. Let’s take a look at how you can combine a high-quality espresso with other ingredients to create the beloved coffee classics
Consists of 1oz espresso and 3oz hot water. An americano is a classic for a reason. There is less room for customization in a true americano, but that doesn’t make it any less tasty or effective in delivering your caffeine boost.
Consists of 2oz espresso, 10oz of steamed milk, and 1oz foam on top. Lattes have a lot of room for customization whether you choose dairy-free milk like oat or almond milk or add in flavor shots, there is a lot of ways to make it uniquely yours.
Consists of an equal 2oz espresso, 2oz steamed milk, and 2oz foam on top. A cappuccino will have a stronger coffee taste than a latte but still provides room for customization.
Consists of 2oz espresso, 2oz chocolate, 3oz steamed milk, 1oz foam, or whipped cream. A mocha is perfect for when you want a sweet coffee treat. Customize it by choosing what type of chocolate you want in addition to the usual customizations. Many coffee shops even offer fun or seasonal toppings.
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Knowing what makes up these awesome coffee beverages will allow you to experiment with how to make them yours. Whether you stick with the classics or substitute everything, at 7 corners coffee we care that you enjoy our high-quality specialty coffee however you like it!