After waking up in the morning, we start planning on what to do with the day ahead. Of course the first thing to come across is work (if not a holiday). So we get up lazily and prep ourselves for the most important meal of the day (breakfast). After a sound breakfast, comes beverage. Many prefer healthy fruits juices while others opt for tea. For me it’s a warm cup of coffee thanks to the magic of a coffee maker with a timer in it or a simple one made in the oven. From then on its two-three cups more in the day.
But coffee is not limited to the ones made or brewed at home. Shops like Starbucks, North End, Crimson Sup and many more provide us with various flavours and tastes of the drink. Below provides a list of these drinks.
This type of coffee is made simply by adding hot water to a shot of espresso coffee. It has been said that American soldiers during the Second World War would make this type of coffee to make their beverages last longer. It was later adopted by several baristas after the war.
Café Latte (Café au lait)
A fairly popular option for coffee drinkers, a latte consists of steamed milk and a single shot of coffee. It is usually quite frothy, and occasionally encountered in cafes that don’t understand the difference between this and a flat white.
The two most Kiwi coffees available are the flat white and long black- as both originated in New Zealand and Australia. For a flat white, the steamed milk from the bottom of the jug (which is usually not so frothy, but rather creamy) is poured over a shot of espresso.
Hot water is poured into a cup, and then two shots of espresso are poured into the water. If you do the inverse of this, it will result in an Americano. Long blacks can be quite strong, and have more crema (a creamy foam that tops espresso shots) than an Americano.
Possibly the most popular type of coffee in the world, a cappuccino consists of three layers (similar to a cake). The first is a shot of espresso, then a shot of steamed milk, and finally a layer of frothed, foamy milk. This final layer can also be topped with chocolate shavings or powder.
Macchiato (Piccolo Latte)
A macchiato is a shot of espresso which is then topped off with foamed milk dashed directly into the cup. Although it may sound similar to a cappuccino, it’s usually stronger as it doesn’t contain steamed milk.
A Vienna is made by adding two shots of particularly strong espresso together before adding whipped cream as a substitute for milk and sugar. The Vienna is a melding of the strong flavours of straight espresso, with the smoothness of sugary cream.
A ‘mocha’ is just a latte with added chocolate powder or syrup, as well as sometimes being topped with whipped cream. If anything, this is a good entry level coffee – living in the worlds between the childlike hot chocolate and the adult café latte.
Too many of these and you might have to ‘just crash here, bro’, because this type of coffee is brewed with whiskey, sugar, and a thick layer of cream on the top – and isn’t readily available due to its alcohol content, they’re more often found in restaurants.