It really is a very common issue as today's consumers have their own taste and temperature preferences when it comes to milk-based drinks. They may be sitting down to enjoy or taking it away, drinking it on the go or hanging on whilst they walk to work. Add in low-fat, soya, almond milk options and things start to get complicated.
Historically the traditional Italian cappuccino was simply defined as a 5-6oz morning drink served in a ceramic cup and made up of espresso and equal parts steamed & foamed milk. Like the traditional Italian espresso, it was meant to be consumed quite quickly and therefore served at a ready-to-drink temperature (55oC). As an aside, this is how I enjoy my morning capp... but it may not be for everyone.
Times have definitely changed and "new world" coffee consumption has seen an massive increase in cup size and the creation of a take-away coffee culture (that still doesn't really exist in Italy today). It is therefore necessary for baristas to be flexible with how they prepare milk-based drinks. Coffeeangel's baristas are all trained on how to use the brewing tools at their disposal and steaming milk is a fundamental part of their skill set.
The simplest solution to the milk temperature issue is tell the barista how hot or cool you'd like your coffee drinkable, extra hot, etc... Any barista worth their salt should be able to control the milk temperature and give you exactly what you're after.
Q2. What happens when milk is heated too much?
There's a whole lot of 'sciencey' stuff that happens when heating milk, but basically proteins are de-natured. And as a result we lose the ability to taste the milk's inherent sweetness. You may also find that overheated milk can taste quite tinny and smell terrible. It's important to note that milk - in the coffee shop context - can only be steamed / heated once. To ensure high quality milk-based drinks always make sure your barista is using fresh milk.
Q3. What is a double shot?
A double shot is 50-60ml of espresso brewed from 14-20G of ground coffee
Q4. How do you make a single shot coffee?
All commercial espresso machines come equipped with handles (aka portafilters) with both single and double spouts. The double portafilter handle holds almost twice the amount of ground coffee as the single. A single shot can be made by using the single portafilter or "splitting" the double shots from the double portafilter in two. At Coffeeangel we prefer to split the shot.
Q5. Can I get a half shot?
Yes. But in order to extract the coffee correctly, the same amount of ground coffee must go into the portafilter handle before brewing. The barista can either stop the flow from the espresso machine early or brew fully and only serve half the amount. Our preference is to brew fully to ensure an even extraction.
Q6. What makes coffee taste strong?
The origin of coffee, roast level / profile, brewing parameters and the volume of coffee brewed will all impact how strong the coffee tastes.
Q7. Where does coffee come from?
It's said coffee originated in East Africa / Ethiopia. Today coffee is only grown between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn in 70 countries. It's also very important to note that higher quality coffee is grown at higher elevations so the increases in global warming are reducing the production area available... be kind to our environment.
Q8. What is fair trade coffee?
FT coffees are part of a system that guarantees the farmer's responsible for production a minimum price above the "C" price in New York.
Q9. Why is my cappuccino watery?
There could be many reasons... your coffee may be made with low or non-fat milk, there may not be enough espresso in the drink (so the ratio of coffee to milk may be to your liking) or you may just prefer a darker roasted coffee. It's important to note that in some cases the strength (caffeine content) of lighter roasted coffee - even though it may taste slightly weaker - can be higher than dark roasted coffee.
Q10. How can I keep my coffee hot?
A high quality reusable travel cup should do the trick. There's plenty of brands on the market these days, so pick a shape and size that suits how you normally order your coffee. If you drive make sure it fits into your car's cup holder. A personal favourite of ours is the Melbourne-designed Uppercup -http://www.uppercup.com.au/. They'll be on the Coffeeangel shelves very soon.