‘Coffee Comes Home’

Are you looking for information on what the difference is between a cappuccino and a latte, or an espresso and a risretto? With so many styles of coffee the choice can be a bit overwhelming when you walk into your favourite cafe. With this in mind, we’ve created a quick reference guide to 14 of the most popular coffees; what they are and how you make them.

1. Americano: Made by diluting 1-2 shots of espresso with hot water in order to approximate the texture and flavour of an American-style drip coffee.

2. Cafe Au Lait: Just the thing if you prefer brewed coffee over espresso, with warm, steamed milk instead of cold milk.

3. Caffe Freddo: Chilled, sweetened espresso served in a tall glass, often on ice.

4. Caffe Latte: Freshly steamed milk with no foam served in a tall glass with a shot of espresso.

5. Cafe Noisette: A big espresso shot in hot milk.

6. Cappuccino: Steamed milk poured over a single shot of coffee oil extract made from 12gm of freshly ground beans, and finished by topping with foam and a sprinkle of chocolate powder.

7. Doppio: Literally ‘a double’, consisting of a 60ml shot of espresso instead of 30ml.

8. Espresso: Contains 75ml of pure double shot coffee essence made from 24gm of fresh ground coffee beans.

9. Flat White: Steamed milk poured through and under the espresso crème produced from one shot of coffee extract made from 12gm of freshly ground coffee beans.

10. Macchiato: A dash of steamed foamed milk added to a double shot of coffee extract made from 24gm of fresh ground beans and served in a glass.

11. Mazagran: A French drink composed of cold coffee and sparkling water.

12. Mocha: A sweet coffee drink consisting of 60ml of espresso, 60ml of chocolate and 30ml of steamed milk.

13. Ristretto: A very concentrated espresso shot – only 22 ml.

14. Viennese Coffee: Brewed black coffee topped and served with whipped cream.

Enjoying coffee in the Gulf region is enjoying coffee in its ‘homeland’ too, for as Jameel Sadik Al-Khalili, a British theoretical physicist, author and broadcaster, once said: “I shall mention in passing just one example of a gift from the Arabs that I for one am rather grateful for – coffee.” I think we all are!

  • By Bilal Al Halabi, Al Halabi Ref. & Kitchen Equipment www.al-halabi.com


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