Rich and lively, full of flavour, yet heavy bodied with a bright acidity. You will like Guatemalan coffees for their smoky, distinctive flavour and cup. This decaffeinated coffee has the same chara...
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Coffee Drinks - Fancy, fortified, cold, and flaming coffees
It is best to use an unsweetened powdered cocoa. Try and find one as dark and as aromatic as you can find. You might think that the instant hot chocolate mix would make a good drink, but in our experience they are not concentrated enough to give the strength that is need to complement the flavour of coffee.
For coffee drinks that call for cocoa, try using 1 cup milk and 2-3 heaping teaspoons of cocoa. Add a little brown or demerara sugar, a touch of vanilla or grated vanilla bean, steam (with the attachment on your espresso machine) while stirring. If you don't have an espresso machine you could heat the milk gently instead. Use about 1/3 cup of the mixture combined with espresso and top it off with some frothed milk and a sprinkle of cocoa.
Orange or Lemon Peel
A nice touch is to use a little zest of orange or lemon peel in any of your coffee drinks.
Frothing or Heating Milk
Coffee drinks made with heated milk taste different from those made with a steamed milk. Steaming milk requires an espresso machine or milk frothing device which has a wand with small holes in it. The wand is inserted into the milk and jets of steam from the wand gently heat the milk without giving a boiled taste. If you want to look like a pro, gently lower the milk until the wand is just under the surface of the milk which gives you a nice frothed milk/foam.
Extra Strength Coffee
There will be times when you would like a stronger brew. For any recipe calling for extra strength coffee you can brew it at one and a half times the strength you would for your regular brew. Three level tablespoons per six oz. cup. If you would like it double strength use four level tablespoons per six oz. cup. If you have your own espresso machine, brew it by that method to the point where your recipe calls for double-strength coffee.