Café Cubano / Cuban Espresso

Cuban Coffee, Cuban pull, Cuban shot, Cafecito … these are all names for the same sweet drink. Café Cubano is Espresso coffee brewed over natural brown sugar called Demerara. It has been made ever since Espresso machines were brought from Italy to Latin America. Imagine a daily ritual of Cuban men playing domino or spanish […]

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Caffè Cortado

What is Caffè Cortado Caffè Cortado is generally an Espresso based drink with added milk (ratio 1:1). It is very similar to Capuccino. The difference is that Cortado has little to no foam, steamed milk creates microfoam which doesn’t separate the visible foam as it does in other “milky coffees” and its function is to […]

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Canadiano Coffee

Americano, Canadiano… What next? So what is Canadiano Coffee Canadiano coffee is a strong coffee beverage that consists of Espresso and drip coffee. There are three variants of this drink, the most common names for these are: Black Eye (one shot of Espresso used) Red Eye (two shots) Dead Eye (with three shots of Espresso). […]

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Latte Macchiato

What is Latte Macchiato Like most Espresso drinks, Latte Machiato has its roots in Italy – the home of Espresso coffee, if you will. But why is it called Latte Macchiato?  The literal translation is “stained (marked) milk”. Latte Macchiato is basically frothed milk with a tiny amount of Espresso coffee added to it. Doesn’t […]

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Caffè Mocha

What is Caffè Mocha? The simplest way to characterize this delicious drink is: Mocha = Caffè Latte + chocolate That means the Mocha Coffee is one third Espresso and two thirds steamed milk with a portion of sweet cocoa powder or chocolate syrup. Dark or milk chocolate is usually used but there are other known […]

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Affogato al Caffè

Affogato is basically a shot of Espresso poured over an ice-cream called gelato, which is an Italian variation of ice-cream with lower butterfat ratio. Affogato is considered both a coffee-based drink and a dessert. The Italian word Affogato stands for “drowned” or “poached”. How to make it? The recipe is very simple and you can […]

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Ristretto coffee

What is a Ristretto coffee A Ristretto is a short shot of Espresso coffee (also called ‘Corto’ from the Italian word that means ‘short’). Ristretto is made by forcing the water through Espresso selection beans faster and at higher pressures than Espresso coffee. Due to less dilution with water, the Ristretto yields higher concentrations of […]

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Caffè Corretto

What is Caffè Corretto Caffè Corretto (Espresso Corretto) is basically a shot of espresso or ristretto coffee with added liquor, usually grappa, but any other spirit as sambuca, cognac or brandy is a good alternative. The word ‘corretto’ is italian equivalent to ‘corrected’. Serving corretto is perfect after a meal or during colder days. Similar […]

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Caffè Latte

What is Caffè Latte? The Caffè Latte is a single shot of Espresso coffee with velvety steamed milk that forms a milky froth on top (1/3 of Espresso and 2/3 of milk). Caffè Latte literally means ‘coffee (and) milk’. Another variant of Latte can be made by replacing the coffee part of Latte with a […]

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Caffè Macchiato

Caffè Macchiato (Espresso Macchiato) is usually a double or triple shot of Espresso with a dollop of dense milky foam placed on top to cover the Espresso. In Italian, Macchiato literally means ‘marked’ or ‘stained (with)’. This coffee is ‘marked’ by a drop of milk, which differentiates Caffè Macchiato from dark Caffè Espresso. Caffè Machiato […]

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Cappuccino

What is Cappuccino? Cappuccino is an Espresso based coffee drink prepared with exactly the same amount of Espresso, steamed milk and milk foam (1/3 of each). The origin of the word is said to be from the Capuchin friars (Order of Friars Minor Capuchin). Why? The Capuchin Friars wore brown habits (distinctive attire worn by […]

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Americano Coffee / Caffè Americano

What is an Americano Coffee? An Americano coffee is a shot of Espresso coffee infused with hot water. The ratio of water to Espresso is 1:1 (equal amounts).  An Americano coffee is as intensive as drip coffee, but has a different flavour. Another coffee similar to the Americano is the ‘Long Black’ prepared by adding […]

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Espresso Coffee / Caffè Espresso

What is an Espresso coffee? The origin of the word (and the Espresso beverage itself) is from Italy. The word Espresso literally describes the feelings you experience after one sip: expression of flavour and aroma, pressed through the ground beans, expressly and freshly made just for you. Espresso coffee is usually very dark roasted coffee […]

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