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One of the key elements that makes coffee one of the most popular drinks worldwide is not only it’s taste and the energy boost it can give, but also the wide variety of styles and flavors available for you to enjoy. But unlike other popular drinks such as Coca Cola or 7up, coffee does not taste the same everywhere you go. Why is this? The answer is simple. Variation.
First up, lets take a quick look at the different roast varieties coffee is most commonly available in. Each of these roast varieties produces its own unique flavor profile.
Light Roast: High in caffeine and slightly acidic in nature, this variation of coffee is typically light brown in colour.
Medium Roast: Featuring a slightly more robust, stronger flavor profile, this variation also features a slightly lessened caffeine content than that of a light roast.
Dark Roast: Darker in appearance, this blend also features an oily surface due to the fact that the beans have been roasted for long enough to allow the oils to break through.
Next up, lets take a quick look at some of the classic coffees we know and love. We all recognise the names, but what are the exact differences between these classic drinks?
Espresso: As pure as it gets. A single shot of coffee. This drink also forms the foundation for each of the drinks we’re about to take a look at.
Americano: This classic coffee consists of a shot of espresso, mixed with boiling water. This dilutes the espresso, meaning you can savour every single sip.
Latte: Arguably the most popular variety of coffee out there, a classic latte consists of a shot of creamy espresso, coupled with steamed milk to produce a cup of foamy, milky goodness.
Cappuccino: Similar to a latte in the way that it includes milk, in this case the milk is steamed for a little longer, creating slightly more foam. Chocolate is also often added to top off this all-time classic coffee.
Flat White: This is essentially a stronger version of the latte, with a lessened milk to coffee ratio. What results from this is a more robust, intense coffee flavour.
Macchiato: A splash of steamed milk is added to a shot of espresso, and voila, you’ve got yourself a macchiato.
Iced Coffees: Hugely popular during the warmer summer months here in Drogheda, these coffees are available in a variety of styles. Typically, this involves coffee poured over ice, with milk, sugar or sweetener also added to boost the flavor.
How coffee is made
Next, we will take a brief look at the different ways in which coffee can be made.
Espresso Machine: This is how we prepare your coffee here at Five Good Things. The process is simple. Firstly, we grind down the coffee beans, dose them into a device known as a portafilter. We then remove any tiny air pockets through a process known as ‘tamping’. This ensures the smoothest shot of espresso possible. Once this has been completed, we insert the portafilter into the espresso machine and extract the espresso.
Percolator: One of the most popular methods of making coffee at home, percolators brew coffee by boiling water over a stove or hob, and consistently pushing hot bubbles through a chamber in order to steep the coffee grains.
French Press: Another hugely popular way of making delicious coffee at home. This one is simple. Add ground coffee beans to your French Press, pour boiling water over the top and let it steep. After a couple of minutes steeping, slowly push the plunger to the bottom. Following this, there is only one thing left to do. Sit back, relax and enjoy your delicious cup of coffee.
To learn more about the coffee we serve here at Five Good Things, why not check out our dedicated coffee page located on our website.