One of the most popular beverages worldwide is coffee. It comes from the berries of the coffea bush, which have been processed, dried, roasted, ground, and brewed. In its powder form, it may be prepared and presented in many ways. Its strong rich smell is hard enough to resist, and whether it is served hot or cold, it always arouses a stimulating effect on the drinker, due mainly to its caffeine content. Some of the more popular coffee preparations are the following:
Café latte is an Italian preparation for coffee and milk; it is prepared on a one to one ratio and uses strong bold coffee with scalded milk. Café mocha is hot coffee and hot cocoa with whipped cream and a little grated chocolate. Capuccino, on the other hand, is one-third espresso, one-third hot milk, and one-third steamed milk foam. Traditionally served on a porcelain cup, the heat retention qualities of the cup as well as the foam help to keep the coffee stay hotter longer.
The Cortado Condensada is espresso (concentrated coffee) with a small amount of warm condensed milk, usually served in a special glass with a metal ring base and a metal ring handle and drunk in the afternoon, while the Leche y Leche is espresso with condensed milk and cream topping. Espresso con Panna is espresso topped with whipped cream. Café Bombon is espresso with sweetened condensed milk that has been allowed to sink to the bottom thereby creating two bands of contrasting colors. The Macchiato is espresso with a dash of foamed milk and a sprinkling of cocoa on top.
Café Americano refers to the simple preparation of hot water added to espresso. Long Black, on the other hand, is espresso added to hot water. Red Eye is drip coffee with one shot of espresso while Black Eye is drip coffee with two shots of espresso. Guillermo, on the other hand, is one or two shots of espresso with slices of lime.
Carajillo is espresso with a shot of brandy while liqueur coffee is a coffee brew with a shot of liqueur served in demi-tasse cups. Café Flambe is sugar that has been set on fire with cognac and poured into strong coffee. Café Royal is strong coffee that has been sweetened to taste and served with a measure of brandy.
Frapuccino is a blend of ice beverage and a bottled coffee beverage while frappe is foam-covered iced coffee drink. Con Hielo is espresso with sugar and ice cubes while Iced Coffee is chilled espresso with milk and ice cream.
Flat White refers to the preparation of two-thirds creamy steamed milk poured over one-third espresso with little or no foam at all. Instant Coffee is brewed coffee that has been dried out or dehydrated into powder form. Viennese coffee is strong hot coffee with whipped double cream that is just beginning to thicken while Café Brulot is strong black coffee that has been poured with heated sugar, orange rind, lemon bits, cinnamon sticks, and cloves, and served in demi-tasse cups.
When topping coffee with whipped cream, be careful to slide the cream gently on so that the cream stays on top. Canapés and other small savouries like bread and cake may be served together with the coffee so that it may be thoroughly enjoyed.