Don’t worry, I’m not about to make a lifestyle blog. I’m just broadening the scope a bit. Afterall, you sport fine menswear when you are at something, for instance drinking a good cup of coffee.
Arabica coffee beans produce the better coffee. Most experts agree on that. Arabica grows i high altitudes close to equator from Indonesia to Ethiopia, Kenya, Brazil and Central America.
Robusta is the other option for coffee beans. It is more harsh and contains more caffein. It grows in the lowlands.
There is this idea that a dark coffee roast makes a stronger coffee. It is not totally untrue, but dark roast also removes caffein and makes the coffee less sour. Today many coffee connoisseurs are inclined to think that you should roast your coffee as little as possible, so that you keep as much as possible of the original notes of the beans. The basis for that coffee philosophy is very good coffee beans though.
Grinding coffee beans for different cups
You grind coffee beans for the French press, drip brew coffee, a moka pot or an espresso. Gradually, you should make the grinding more fine to fit the four brewing methods.
Different coffee cups
There is a jumble of names for coffee served. You only have to know seven, really:
- Lungo (extra water)
- Americano (added water)
- Cappuccino (espresso with warm steamed milk)
- Macchiato (espresso with a touch of warm steamed milk)
- Café au lait (half French press coffee, half warm milk)
- Black coffee (drip brewed coffee or coffee from the French press)
How to drink coffee
No one should set rules for the way you drink coffee, of course. Yet, if you would like to follow the Italians, who are a sort of authority on espresso and coffee made on a moka pot, you only drink coffee with milk in the mornings. Later, you enjoy espresso.
If we import that rule we could include americano and black coffee for the day and evening.