Coffee break

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I bet that if you are reading this, you love coffee. Just like 150 millions Americans who are daily coffee drinkers. And there is a reason for that. Coffee is delicious! Coffee beans are actually the pits of berries. The coffee berries are sometimes called coffee cherries and they are edible fruit that have coffee beans inside. They are called “beans” because of their resemblance to beans. Basically this means that we are actually drinking fruit. It also explains why the Brazilian acai berry shares so many properties with the coffee “bean”.

In fact, in 2011 Brazil produced nearly twice as much as Vietnam and Colombia combined and a third of all of the coffee produced in the entire world. Not to mention that this statistic has remained fairly constant for the last 150 years. Brazil is also the number one exporter of coffee in the world, and coffee makes up a decent chunk of Brazil’s whole economy.

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The two kinds of beans are Arabica and Robusta. They have different tastes and different caffeine content. Arabica beans are more popular around the world. In fact, 70% of coffee drank on Earth is Arabica. Robusta beans grow in different climates and are found in Africa and Indonesia. Most people prefer the taste of Arabica but Robusta has its fans too. It’s interesting that Robusta beans have twice as much caffeine as Arabica!

There are many ways to prepare a nice cup of coffee and it depends on what kind you prefer.  Coffee shops are getting more and more popular, especially at places like New York City where a person consumes nearly 3.4 cups of coffee daily.  The varieties of the coffee are endless too so before you decide to stick to a certain type, why don’t you just try a different one every day for a week? I challenge you!

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Popular coffee shops give you plenty of options for a delicious cup of coffee to go!

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Many people these days have plungers, as they can produce a fine brew from good, fresh coffee. Water just off boiling is poured over coarsely ground coffee, and the mixture is stirred to break up the floating coffee grounds so that they sink. The mixture is then allowed to steep for 2 to 4 minutes. Plungers are great because of their versatility. You can add syrups to make an exciting new way of drinking coffee, or try orange rind, cinnamon, or dark chocolate pieces.

I personally love making my morning coffee with a stovetop. This a traditional Italian method of producing espresso-style coffee at home. Water is placed in the base of the vessel, and the basket above is filled with ground coffee. The water is forced by steam pressure through the coffee grounds into the top chamber, creating a great home-brewed coffee.

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There are so many ways how to make your coffee looking better. Invite friends and family and make them a custom cup of coffee the way they want it!

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Single shot espresso with fat free french vanilla creamer

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Single shot espresso with whipped cream and cinnamon

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A well pulled shot of espresso can be seen as the ultimate achievement of all of those who have been involved in its production – from the coffee grower, through the taster, to the roast master, and finally, the barista.

Espresso is made when hot water is forced under pressure through a compressed bed of finely ground coffee.  An espresso shot (short black) should be 20-30 mls and it should be extracted in 25-30 seconds for the perfect flavor profile.

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Double shot espresso

Flat white is a single shot topped with velvety milk creating 5-8mm cap.

Long Black is a double shot floated on a hot water.

Caffe Latte is a single/double shot topped with velvety milk creating 6-10mm cap.

Latte machiatto (my latest obsession) is a foamed whole milk topped with shot of espresso.

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Cappuccino is a single shot topped with velvety milk creating 1.5 cm – 2 cm velvety cap. Garnished with cinnamon. Cappuccino is one of the most popular versions of  a espresso drink.

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Large cup of cappuccino

Macchiato is a short black marked with approximately a teaspoon of a milk foam. Adding caramel to it gives that little sweetness that you need in the morning.

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Caramel macchiato from top

Of course there are many many more types of coffee drinks like Affogato,  Ristretto, Americano, Vienna etc. I understand that there are many people having a decaf cup of coffee as well which has 97% less caffeine than a regular one and there is a reason for that. Drinking caffeine at evening delays our brain’s release of a melatonin and interrups our circadian rhythm.

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But if you are new to the coffee world or you prefer just a regular cup of black coffee in the morning, all I’m saying is that there is always time to try something new and enjoy your morning/evening cup of energy in a different way… (why not adding a shot of whiskey for example) 🙂

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