Many people are confused, is it the espresso coffee type or brewing method? It’s both!
Today, espresso is prepared with the espresso machine that was invented in 1884 in Turin, Italy by Angelo Moriondo. And, the best thing about this world-known coffee is that its brewing method is very simple.
Under high pressure, stream hot water on finely-ground coffee beans. Espresso coffee is a blend of multiple roasts. Its concentrated flavor is the product of pressurized brewing.
This type of brewing method gives this beverage a thick and syrupy-like texture. This is very tempting to the eyes. As being one of the most popular coffee worldwide, it is also popular for its caffeine content. Espresso has more caffeine than other beverages. No wonder why it is traditionally served as a shot.
This beverage is very similar to espresso and many people can’t tell the difference. Well, cappuccino is made with espresso and steam-foamed milk.
The drink evolved from kapuziner – an Austrian coffee beverage that was popular back in the 18th century. But, the first time cappuccino coffee was mentioned, was in the 1930s in Italy.
Its first appearance was a bit different from what we know now. Firstly it was covered with whipped cream. A bit later, with the invention of the espresso machine, it developed its modern and current form.
Unlike the previous two beverages, Cortado is a Spanish coffee. The name originates from the Spanish word cortat – or cut, which is referring to the process of preparing.
However, Cortado is also made with espresso. But it has the same amount of steamed milk over it to counteract its bitter taste.
It is served in small glass cups. Due to the proportion of espresso to milk, Cortado coffee produces a unique taste.
It is a perfect combination of robustness and its velvety finish thanks to steamed milk.
What is so popular about this coffee is that it’s always drunk inside the cafe shops and bars, and not intended as a “coffee to go“.
CAFÉ AU LAIT
However, the ratio of ingredients is different.
To make this French coffee, you will need a French press so you can mix coffee beans and warmed milk.
These ingredients are mixed within an equal amount of both. However, there is no foam on the top of it whatsoever.
Additionally, café au lait may sometimes be prepared with espresso. The confusion might arise because both of these terms are widely used in some European countries without defining them clearly.
Ristretto is a beverage that comes from Italy. The name comes from the Italian word which means restricted.
This coffee represents one-half of a single espresso shot. Ristretto coffee has a smaller amount of water content and its flavor is milder compared to espresso.
This beverage can be made with an espresso machine as well. It uses the finely-ground coffee beans that are extracted with less amount of water. This produces a more concentrated coffee different from the standard espresso because of a distinct mix of compounds.
Hope you enjoyed our blog about the most drinkable coffee types worldwide. Do you know all of them or you might hear some for the first time? Let us know down in the comments!