Coffee is the foundation of my food pyramid. Like every coffee lover in the world, a day without coffee is equal to a day without oxygen. There are so many types of coffee, and it may confuse the hell out of a person who walks into a cafe for the first time.
A quick history
The legend has it that, an African shepherd first noticed the effects of caffeine when he saw that his goats had become frisky and energetic after eating the coffee beans. Coffee beans aren’t beans, they are fruit pits. And before I tell you about my top 10 picks of the types of coffee, let’s start by thanking George Washington for inventing instant coffee around 1910.
My hot favourites (5)!
1. Espresso: This is the base of most other coffee’s like mocha, cappuccino and so on. Intensity is the key here and is thicker than coffee brewed by other methods. Its brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans.
3. Turkish: Light, sweet and unfiltered. Though it’s named as Turkish coffee, it doesn’t originate from Turkey but from Yemen. The aroma will drag you from one end of the room to where it is being prepared. Roasted and then finely ground coffee beans are simmered in a pot, optionally with sugar, and served in a cup where the grounds are allowed to settle.
4. Americano: Well, we all know about the famous espresso, an ounce of bitter coffee served in a coffee mug. But Americano is a mix of single or double-shot of espresso combined with up to four or five ounces of hot water.
5. Latte: The name literally means milk coffee has its origin from Italy. The preparation is as simple as an Americano and it’s made of 1/3 espresso, about 2/3 hot milk and top it of with a layer of foamed milk. And Tada!
Although these are my top 5 picks, I will remain a loyal filter coffee fan forever and ever. And that too served in a silver cup! It’s not a common find in the cafes here, but available at most Indian restaurants, if you haven’t already tasted – boo you people, coffee lovers don’t do that!