Thursday, August 11, 2016

Don't Be Shy!

Six Coffee Questions You May Be Afraid To Ask at a Coffee Shop!


So you're waiting in line at your local coffee shop and you're looking at the menu, and suddenly it dawns on you- What is a light roast? Do you prefer Arabica or Robusta? Why am I not at Espresso Bella's Stouffville Showroom?
Lucky for you, we've got the answers, (and forgiveness for not coming to us first!)

What's the difference between a Light Roast and a Dark Roast?

A Light Roast:
- contains the same amount of Caffeine as a dark roast
- it has a sweet, floral flavour
- Its country of origin is more prevalent in its flavour.

A Dark Roast:
- Not necessarily stronger, but compared by its richness, complexity and how it is prepared.
- has a bittersweet flavour

*Beans are roasted for longer periods of time in a higher temperature in a dark roast.

What's the difference between Arabica beans and Robusta beans?

Arabica Beans:
- contain half the amount of Caffeine as Robusta beans
- 70% of the worlds coffee is Arabica.
- Has a sweeter, softer taste.

Robusta Beans:
- contains 2x the amount of caffeine in comparison to Arabica.
- 30% of the worlds coffee is Robusta
- has a stronger, harsher taste.

* Robusta plants are usually found in Africa and Indonesia. Arabica plants are found in Latin America and are usually more expensive.

What's the difference between Espresso and Drip Coffee?

- very hot water is used under high pressure through finely ground coffee.

Drip Coffee:
- Made by pouring boiling water over medium/course grounds.

* Espresso = fine grind, high pressure, crema
Drip = course grind, no pressure, no crema

What's the difference between Café Latte and Cappuccino?

Café Latte:
- Little foam on top of beverage
- contains more steamed milk than a cappuccino
- creamier flavour

- Lots of foam on top of beverage
- contains less milk than a café latte
- flavour is more dry.

What's the difference between a Café Latte and Café au lait?

Café Latte:
- uses Espresso

Café au Lait:
- uses drip coffee

What's the Difference between Espresso and Expresso?

- when you ask for an espresso, you are actually saying "press out" in Italian.

- when you say expresso, you will most likely be politely ignored.

Now you know!
Be sure to check our Espresso Bella for all your Espresso and Coffee needs!

In the mean time,
Have a Beautiful Day, and an Espresso Bella!