Coffee is high in vitamins B2 and B3, potassium, magnesium, and antioxidants, among other minerals. According to some experts, these and other compounds in coffee can aid the human body in a variety of ways, including lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes, lowering the chance of Parkinson's disease or liver cancer, protecting against heart failure, and reducing anxiety.
We go over everything from lattes to red eyes when it comes to coffee. All of your burning coffee queries have been answered *at long last*.
We've all been there: standing in line at our favorite coffee shop, sweating because we don't know the difference between a cold brew and a traditional iced coffee. Oh, I'm sure I have. We've got you covered, from the differences between Arabica and Robusta coffee beans to all the many ways to brew your beloved cup of joe. Keep your grip on the steering wheel. We're delving into your morning beverage of choice.
Coffee Beans of Various Types
In most supermarkets in the United States, two types of coffee beans are available for purchase: Arabica and Robusta. Is there a difference between Arabica and Robusta, you might wonder? There is, without a doubt. Let's get this coffee party started.
Arabica is, without a doubt, the most popular coffee kind. Many coffee lovers choose Arabica beans because of their flavor, depending on who you ask. Arabica beans, which are typically used for black coffee, offer a richer, more nuanced flavor that can be consumed straight. Surprisingly, although being the most popular, it has less caffeine than Robusta.
While Arabica is the most widely used, Robusta is less expensive and more robust. Robusta is commonly used in espresso drinks and instant coffee mixtures because of its harsh flavor. If your Monday morning is dragging, grab for a cup of Robusta-based coffee. Their high caffeine concentration will get you up and running in no time!
Types of Coffee Drink
All you can do with a few little beans is make a latte, an americano, or an affogato. There are so many different sorts of coffee drinks to discover, whether you're a coffee virgin or a coffee enthusiast. Here are a few of the most common types of coffee that people order across the country.
With ground coffee beans soaked in hot water and served warm, black coffee is as simple as it gets. If you wish to be more formal, you can refer to black coffee as "café noir." Coffee's quality is extremely crucial because it isn't sweetened with milk or sugar. To select your favorite coffee subscription box, treat yourself to one.
The latte is the most popular coffee drink, consisting of a shot of espresso and steamed milk with a touch of froth. It can be ordered simple or with a flavor shot of vanilla, pumpkin spice, or a combination of the two. (Learn how to create a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte at home.)
A cappuccino is a latte with more foam than heated milk, usually topped with cocoa powder or cinnamon. You can sometimes find varieties that use cream instead of milk or that include a flavor shot.
The americano is made up of an espresso shot diluted in hot water and has a flavor comparable to black coffee. Pour the espresso first, then add the hot water if you're brewing your own.
An espresso shot can be served on its own or as the base for a variety of coffee drinks, such as lattes and macchiatos.
The doppio is a double dose of espresso that is ideal for boosting your energy levels.
A cortado is the perfect mix of espresso and warm steamed milk, much like yin and yang. The milk is used to reduce the acidity of the espresso.
A red eye, named after those annoying midnight flights, might help you get through any dreary morning. This is a full cup of steaming coffee with an espresso shot blended in to get your heart beating.
This hot coffee drink, which originated in Portugal, is closely related to the latte and cappuccino. The only difference is that it has nearly twice as much foamed milk as the other two, making it a lighter drink.
A lungo is an espresso with a long pull. The more you draw, the more caffeine you'll get and the more ounces you'll be able to drink.
Another espresso-based drink with a modest quantity of foam on top is the macchiato. It's a cross between a cappuccino and a double espresso.
You will fall in love with a mocha if you are a chocolate fan (or maybe you already have). A chocolate espresso drink with steamed milk and foam is known as a mocha.
A ristretto is a single shot of espresso. When compared to the bitter taste of a standard shot of espresso or a doppio, it uses less hot water, resulting in a sweeter flavor.
This Australian-born beverage is similar to a cappuccino but without the foam or chocolate strewn on top. It's a steamed milk espresso drink.
The affogato is a reason to eat ice cream at any time of day (and any time of year in my opinion). Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and one or two espresso shots. When served over a brownie, the affogato is even more delicious.
Café au lait
Café au lait is ideal for coffee purists looking for a little more taste. All you need is a dash of warm milk in your coffee and you're ready to go!
Black coffee, whiskey, and sugar are combined in an Irish coffee, which is then topped with whipped cream. Here's a recipe for Irish coffee that can instantly warm you up.
Iced Coffee Varieties
In the summer, nothing beats a nice cup of iced coffee. Or perhaps you prefer these refreshing drinks all year. (Yes, we do!) Here are some of the best iced coffee beverages to try.
Iced coffee is just a coffee with ice, generally served with a dash of milk, cream, or sugar.
Iced espresso, like iced coffee, can be served alone or with a splash of milk, cream, or sugar. Specialty espresso-based drinks such as americanos, mochas, macchiatos, lattes, and flat whites can also be iced.
Cold brew coffees, the most popular of the iced coffees, are created by steeping coffee beans for anywhere from 6 to 36 hours, depending on how strong you want your cold brew. Add cold milk or cream when the beans have finished steeping. Here are some of our top cold brew coffee recommendations.
The Frappuccino, made famous by Starbucks, is a blended iced coffee drink topped with whipped cream and syrup. However, not all Frappes are created equal: look out for non-coffee varieties. Unless you're a fan of that kind of thing.
A cold brew coffee with nitrogen bubbles has a frothy, Guinness-like consistency. (It's also poured through a nitro tap.)
Maza-who?! Mazagran coffee is a blend of iced coffee, tea, and your favorite rum cocktail. Espresso, lemon, sugar, and (sometimes) rum are the main ingredients.
Now that everything is all clear and you already understand what these coffee terms are - you'll definitely know which type and kind of coffee you are going to order next time!