If you’re a coffee lover with a weakness for yummy frothy and deliciously dark beverages, you probably know these treats can be rather pricey.
Perhaps you’re ready to try your hand at making your own caffeinated creations at home, but you’re not sure how to even begin. Sure, it can be a bit confusing. Each different drink is made with its own particular roast of bean, particular grind, temperature and ingredients. Relax, sit back and take a look at this simple primer on how to make popular types of coffee drinks in your kitchen.
The key to making a good espresso is the grind of the bean. You should use finely ground, quality coffee beans instead of the coarse grind used in regular coffee. In addition, an espresso is much stronger than your regular cup of Joe. It’s made with one tablespoon of coffee per ounce of water. The ground beans should be packed firmly and evenly in the basket prior to brewing. Because of its strength, a small cup is used for serving espresso.
This chocolate-y coffee drink is a blend of coffee, hot chocolate and steamed milk. Prepare your favorite hot cocoa. Then add just a shot or so of coffee to taste, and then finish off with steamed milk. Serve in a clear mug with whipped cream on top for the perfect coffee house experience.
A shot of espresso mixed with equal portions of steamed and frothed milk make up this classic concoction. Add the shot of coffee to a large mug, and then fill with the milk mixture. You can dust the top with a sprinkle of cinnamon, cocoa powder or nutmeg.
This yummy hot beverage is similar to a cappuccino. However, the difference is that your frothy milk is combined with the coffee, rather than poured separately on top. Start with a shot of espresso at the bottom of your mug, and then slowly pour the milk down the side. The goal is to blend the two gently.
These are the basics of making your favorite types of coffee drinks at home. If you plan to indulge in specialty java regularly, you should consider investing in a proper espresso maker in order to get the best results.