Flavour Wheel: Understanding Coffee Flavours

Unless you work in the coffee industry or are highly passionate about all things caffeinated, you probably wouldn’t have heard of the Flavour Wheel. This colourful fella provides an easy way to extend your coffee knowledge by training your palate to identify various flavours while you’re drinking. It’s loads of fun and something that will make you appreciate your daily cuppa even more!

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How to Pour a Barista Latte Art Heart

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Welcome to part two of our Barista Latte Art series! Now that you’ve perfected the art of the tulip, we’re moving onto something a little more romantic… a heart. Ideal for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, birthdays, Christmas, Easter – any day really – the heart adds that beautiful finishing touch you’ve been longing for. So how to do it? Here’s some tips from an awesome professional… Good luck!

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Why Pirates Target Coffee

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The word ‘pirate’ seems to conjure up bumbling, drunk fools like Captain Jack Sparrow – those pesky sailors-gone-bad with a thirst for liquor and treasure. But the reality of modern pirates is actually a lot more sinister. These a desperate people who will stop at nothing to gain access to the ‘loot’ and one of the most profitable ‘finds’ is actually coffee!

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How to Pour Latte Art like a Barista

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Professional baristas make latte art look so easy. A little tip of the cup, a little shake of the hand – easy peasy, right? Well, if you have the know-how and the practice of course it’s easy. But like anything, you need to know the basics and then you can go to town on a huge variety of designs to make your coffee a work of art.

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Coffee Extraction 101

Making a quality coffee at home can be a little tricky. Firstly, not all of us owns a professional machine that whips up the perfect coffee every time. Secondly, baristas spend all day working on their craft so it’s a tad unfair to put the same expectations on ourselves! But, don’t lose heart, it is possible to make amazing, cafe-style coffee at home and we’re here to help you do exactly that. We’ve already covered how to texture milk like a pro so now here’s some professional tips on how to get the perfect extraction on your very own coffee machine!

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How to Texture Milk Like a Barista

Baristas are amazing aren’t they? They just have the skill and the know-how to make the perfect cup of coffee every time, making it look so easy. But alas, when us non-Baristas try to do the same at home we end up with super-fluffy or drab and runny milk on our average coffee. Argh! It’s enough to make you want to throw your coffee machine out the window and run down to your local cafe… in your jarmies!

Well, don’t despair, we have just the thing for you and it comes with awesome graphics. Dig in!

How to Texture Milk Like a Barista

Flat White

Now a Flat White, as the name suggests has only a thin layer of frothed milk on top. To achieve this,  Flat White milk requires a lot less aeration and more heating than cappuccino or latte drinks. When aerating the milk you want the tip of the steam wand just under the surface so that some air can get into the milk. If the milk is bubbling then your steam wand is getting too much air. If your steam wand is making a screeching sound then there is not enough air getting in. You should hear a slurping noise. When the milk has just hit the ‘warm’ mark you plunge the steam wand further under the surface of the milk and hold it there until the jug feels too hot to hold.

Latte

A lot of people think that a Flat White and a Latte are the same thing but they’re actually quite different. Lattes have a thicker layer on froth on top and so they require the milk to be aerated for a lot longer than the Flat White in order to create more froth. This provides more of a creamy texture, similar to a Cappuccino.

Again, similarly to the Flatwhite , when aerating the milk you want the tip of the steam wand just under the surface so that some air can get into the milk. If the milk is bubbling then your steam wand is getting too much air. If your steam wand is making a screeching sound then there is not enough air getting in. You should hear viagra sans ordonnance a slurping noise. To allow for more froth to form, you want to hold the the tip of the steam just under the surface of the milk until it’s just hot and then submerge under until the jug is too hot to hold.

Cappuccino

When you think about making a Cappuccino mentally divide your favourite coffee cup into thirds and use 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk and 1/3 froth. This handy little fraction will never let you down. The other more obvious difference is that powdered choccy is used on top.  To texture the milk  and to create enough froth, make sure you maintain the aeration stage (ie keep the steam wand near the top of the jug) until it’s feeling quite warm, then plunge the steam wand further under the surface of the milk and hold it there until the jug feels too hot to hold.

 

 

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