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.
Black tea promotes healthy arteries and increased blood flow due to antioxidants called falconoids, which give tea its flavor. Cholesterol levels drop as tea consumption increases. Tea is reported to reduce the risk of cancer, yield fresher breath and fewer cavities, and help build bones. It also contains approximately half the caffeine of coffee, and is a rich source of vitamins and minerals.
Making a Cup of Black Tea
The single most important thing to remember in all of this process is heat. The tea leafs impart their taste to the water most effectively when the water is actually boiling. To make really good tea you must go to every length possible to exclude coldness from the equation.
Tea in the cup is easy. If someone asks you for a cup of black tea and you put a bag in a cup and add boiling water no one is going to complain. However… to make a REALLY GOOD cup of black tea…
Boil a kettle with freshly drawn COLD water. Add a little boiling water to the empty tea cup to warm it. Put a single bag of black tea into the bottom of the cup making certain that the tea takes up as much of the visible surface area as possible.
When the water is boiling pour it into the cup by taking the kettle to the cup and trying to make certain that as much boiling water hits as much tea as soon as possible. Leave to infuse. The tea in tea bags is so fine that two minutes should see you right.
Always take out the tea bag before giving the cup to someone else especially since if you leave a tea bag in then soon enough all the air caught within it will escape and the tea bag will sink to the bottom of the cup where it will lie in wait for the unwary and then, just as you move to drain the last dregs of the drink, it will rush from the darkness like a some satanic seal desperate to invade your mouth and propigate it’s evil children in the cavities of your cheeks. Well may be it’s not that bad, but it is really unpleasant to get that big cold wet kiss of a sulking tea bag.
Don’t add sugar. Sugar is unnecessary, unhealthy and masks the delicious flavor of tea. Most importantly when making a cup of black tea is NEVER “top up” a cup with more water. “Topping up” does not make more black tea in the cup it makes the same amount of tea diluted with more water. This will kill the taste of your tea and make you generally hated by all right minded tea drinkers. Be prepared when adding the water first – realize that you will have to take the tea bag out and realize that you will probably need to leave a little room for milk.
People drink Black tea with sugar, milk and syrups. In the US and Europe people often just want a slice of Lemon with their black tea.
People all over the world always choose drinking tea with cookies, sweets or cakes sitting in front of the TV or talking to friends.
Black Tea Recipes
Iced Black Tea
Pour one cup of boiling water over two tea bags, let steep for 3 to 5 minutes. For stronger flavor, steep longer, or use more tea bags. Remove and squeeze out tea bags. Add ice and enjoy. Make a larger quantity using more tea bags and water, and refrigerate the rest to drink throughout the day.
Egg Nog Delight
6 Red Rose English Breakfast tea bags
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 quart milk
1/2 pint whipping cream
Brew Red Rose tea bags in 1 cup boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Cool tea. Add beaten eggs, condensed milk, vanilla, salt, tea, milk and mix well. Serve in mugs. Top each mug with whipping cream and ground nutmeg.
Earl Grey Punch
1 and 1/4 cups of brewed Earl Grey (made with two tbsps. leaves)
Juice of 1 lemon
1 1/4 cups of orange juice
1/2 cups apple juice
1 cup gingerale
1 tbsp. sugar
2 sprigs of mint (optional)
Dark rum to taste (optional)
Mix all ingredients together leaving out the ice cubes. Chill in refrigerator. Remove mint, add ice cubes and serve.
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Fruit tea comprised of browned shredded quince which has been oven-dried, dry-grilled until brown, and stored ready to steep in boiling water.