A Guide to Coffee Drinks

I’ve been a coffee drinker since my teen years. Over that time I’ve come to enjoy many different kinds of coffee drinks and different coffee blends. There are endless varieties of coffee roasts and methods of brewing. There many coffee drinks and variations on them to please just about anyone.

Here are five great coffee drinks to consider trying.

Irish Coffee

Irish coffee is made with hot coffee, Irish Whiskey, fresh cream and sugar. It’s a simple recipe that goes great on a cold winter’s day. I like Irish Coffee as a nice after dinner or desert drink. A Variation on this recipe is adding Irish Cream liqueur for the cream to give it an extra sweetness.

Espresso

Espresso is a concentrated coffee made by forcing hot water through very finely ground coffee. Espresso is usually made from very dark roast beans. Because it is so highly concentrated, espresso is often used in other coffee drinks like Cappuccino. When taken alone, it usually served in much smaller cups than regular coffee. I like the bold shot of flavor espresso gives. A real eye-opener. It’s easy to make if you have a machine, and its the fastest.

Cappuccino

Cappuccino is a very recognizable coffee drink. Real cappuccino is made with a shot of espresso topped with steam-frothed milk. A cappuccino has a distinctive thick milk foam on top. Flavor syrups are often added to cappuccinos for variety.

Iced Coffee

Iced coffee is nice when I want coffee but it is just too hot outside. To make iced coffee properly, there is a cold brewing method of producing a coffee concentrate. This concentrate is then poured over ice so that the flavor doesn’t get watered down by the ice. The cold brew produces a less bitter flavor and is less acidic. This concentrate can also be mixed with hot water to make hot coffee and can be used to make other coffee drinks

Mocha

A Mocha is simply a latte with chocolate syrup added. The chocolate flavor seems to naturally complement the coffee flavor. Mocha can be served either hot or cold. They can be topped with sweetened whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

Cafe Bueno

Cafe Bueno is another alcohol containing coffee drink. Cafe Bueno is made by adding brandy and KahluaTM, or other coffee liqueur to hot coffee. Whipped cream tops it off and provides a barrier to keep the alcohol from evaporating out of the drink. This is another great after-dinner and desert drink to compliment any dinner.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to enjoying coffee. Whether you just enjoy a regular cuppa joe or you like to be adventurous, something can be found to suit your taste.

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