Time for a brew: A look at some cool coffees
Over the course of our blog, we’ve taken a look at different ways in which to enrich your life with more water.
We’ve covered infused water and teas in some depth, but we’ve never taken the time to bring some new people into the world of coffee. Sure we’ve mentioned it, but we think it’s time finally to give coffee the spotlight!
The two different coffee beans
Amongst the coffee aficionados of the world, there is often a stance that people take…Arabica or Robusta.
Arabica beans are by far the most popular type of coffee bean, it being more present in coffee shops and on the shelves of those who appreciate a good brew. These beans are less harsh in taste and are naturally much sweeter. Because of this natural sweetness, it is more often enjoyed black.
Robusta beans are therefore the opposite (not to say they aren’t good). You are more likely to find Robusta used within the instant coffee that you find in the supermarket. Not only are these beans more bitter in taste than Arabica beans, but Robusta beans also have higher caffeine content. In addition to instant coffee, Robusta beans are used frequently for espresso.
So… How do you like your coffee?
There are many different coffees from which to choose; if you’re not sure what you like, then picking the right one can be tough. This is probably the start of your day we’re talking about; the right coffee is important!
Of course, Lattes, Cappuccinos, Americanos, Mochas and Espressos are something that most of us know. These are the types of coffees you’ll usually see on the menu at a restaurant after your meal. We’re going to focus on a few different ones to try to broaden your horizons.
We’re going to kick off with Irish Coffee, as this is likely the next on the well-known list. Irish coffee is a simple blend of a few things to create a unique and very satisfying drink. You begin by adding a measure of Irish whiskey into your coffee cup or glass, and then mix that with sugar. Next, add your coffee to create a great blend between it and the whiskey. To finish, get some cream and shake it well before pouring it into your glass. Bonus points for layering the cream on top of the coffee!
Next up is the Affogato. This one is more than delightful and brings a whole new meaning to having coffee for dessert! An Affogato consists of an espresso shot drizzled over a scoop of ice cream, originating from Italy. Make sure to pick one up the next time you go for Italian food (or even just make one for yourself at home, we won’t tell).
Galão and flat whites both heavily rely on milk. The only difference is how the milk is actually prepared. Galãos feature a shot of espresso and is topped with foamed milk, much like a cappuccino; flat whites also feature espresso (and more of it) but the milk is steamed instead of foamed. Both aim to take the bitterness of espresso and turn it into a relaxing milky beverage.
Finally, we have Red Eyes and Lungos for the hardcore coffee drinkers. A Red Eye is an espresso shot that is topped up with a full dose of regular coffee whereas a Lungo takes it one step further; the whole drink is one long-poured espresso shot – so you should really settle in for one of those!
Do you know what can make all this coffee taste even better? Our crystal clear filtered water! Have a look over our types of filters and maybe your next cup of homebrew coffee can be even better!