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Different Coffee types

 

Different types of coffee

             Different types of coffee

 

A drink made by brewing coffee beans in water is the coffee we know. There are many ways to brew which includes :

  1. Filter/Drip – This is a method in which hot water passes slowly over coffee beans. In the process the water absorbs the aroma and oils and filter coffee is made. It has unique flavour.
  2. French press – French drink coffee in a different way. Instead of passing hot water they pass hot water and dissolve the coffee beans.The coffee beans used are coarser. It gives a different aroma when milk is mixed with coffee.
  3. Percolator – It is a variation of filter coffee, only difference being that hot water is passed through a percolator using gravity to brew the coffee.
  4. Espresso – Espresso coffee is brewed using the espresso machine which passes compressed steam through finely ground coffee beans. Froth is formed at the top known as creme. This variant forms the base for many popular coffee drinks like latte, mocha, Americano and Cappuccino.
  5. Cold brew – This is the new addition to the brewing of coffee. The coffee is brewed at room or lesser temperature to get a cold version of coffee. Its taste is different due to difference in temperature.
  6. Flavoured coffee – Adding to the variations is the flavoured coffee. Introduced by Starbucks and followed by most coffee serving companies it has become very popular. Major flavours include chocolate and vanilla.

These methods bring difference of taste to the brewed drink. In spite of major style changes there is nothing like coffee to relax your brain and muscles.

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Guilty Pleasure Coffee

It is not news that I am addicted to coffee- but I am certainly not one of those purists who find one brand of coffee they like and just stick to it. I like shopping around, and exploring different flavours. I also love trying mixing my own blends. I’m sure I have unique taste buds and maybe some day, I will find the best coffee blend in the whole world, right?

Anyway, there are certain coffees I love drinking when I am just in the mood for guilty pleasure. My guilty pleasures are derived entirely from food- it does not matter if it is actually expensive, or from Brazil. My favourite guilty pleasure is also a little bit of a cheap trick- when I’m in the mood, I just drop a dollop of Nutella in my morning coffee to give it a unique taste. If you feel fancy, you can call it a Mocha Hazelnut Espresso or Frappe. You’re welcome.

Guilty Pleasure Coffee

My second favourite guilty pleasure is fresh cinnamon. I only use cinnamon in my coffee when I have more time and I can slow brew my coffee. I just add some cinnamon when I’m brewing the coffee (as much as suits your taste). It gives it an incredibly earthy flavour- perfect for the heat or the cold!

What are your guilty pleasure coffees? Do share the recipe!

Home brew

Mokka stovetop espresso old fashioned style

While I love the whole experience of going out for coffee, the chance to sit in the sun and let someone else do the work to bring me that perfect hit of espresso, on any given day I’m at home working – so, my home coffee needs to be as good as I can get it.

traditional coffee grinders require patience

I’ve tried home espresso machines and used hotel stays to road test Nespresso, and while they often provide a good cup, I still believe it’s hard to get that high pressure on a home machine that sets the standard. There are arguments that say the machine is important and some that say it’s all in the beans – I’m a 50/50 kind of person, both have merits and have to be the best you can get. For a home machine I’ve now gone back to the basics, for me I love the theatre of my Moka stovetop espresso – old Italian style coffee, I have several of these in different styles and sizes, my favourite is an old classic I picked up in Italy, I like to imagine the old Nonnas who may have used it before. To go with this, if I have the time, I have a beautiful wooden grinder, there is something quite relaxing in sitting there and grinding the coffee myself.

Of course the beans are the star – I tend to rotate my beans to keep my taste buds interested, and we’re lucky in Auckland to have such a great range of roasters, my current favourite is Gravity Coffee’s Espresso Love blend.

New Trendy Coffee Places – Visiting New York NoHo

So there’s a new approach to art and coffee in the mingling of forces in New York that will really appeal to people that are interested in lovely coffee and lovely art. There’s a few well known places now and they are getting big shout outs online in this article I was reading the other day and its making me want to take an easy loan from Ferratum and take off to New York from NZ  One of the places is:

Gasoline Alley Coffee:

Gasoline Coffee in new york is my new destination for my trip to NY

It’s a nice place that has gotten a really good review in a neighbourhood that has been quickly gentrified as usual in urban centers: “where NoHo used to be populated with car mechanics and gas stations, it is now filled with charming coffee shops like Gasoline Alley. This industrial-chic coffee shop offers a bright and inviting space with big windows that open up in the summer, providing the petite shop with an open, airy feel.” It looks as though it would be a really nice place to drink good coffee in the heart of New York when visiting after a day of shopping or going out and walking around the city. If anyone else has any other good shoutouts please don’t be afraid to contact me I’ll make a review of the place. Cheers.