While lattes are undeniably delightful, sometimes the best part of this classic beverage isn't the roasted flavor, but rather the art. Those who enjoy this warm, frothy drink in neighborhood coffee shops may be delighted to find clever designs like hearts, playful animals, and even popular cartoon characters gracing their cup. We found a whole latte love added to these drinks, demonstrating a true passion for espresso-making. Click through to see a whole host of impressive (and often mind-boggling) favorites.
- The traditional way to make a perfect espresso.
- The traditional way to make a perfect espresso. — The Atlantic
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- Chatting with the world's barista champion. — Serious Eats
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At coffee college, Starbucks coffee masters set the record straight on the definition of this drink. Macchiato is simply Italian for "marked," and typically refers to an espresso macchiato — an espresso shot that's been dotted with a dollop of frothed milk. In contrast, a latte macchiato is steamed and frothed milk marked with espresso that's poured over the top, and a caramel macchiato is a variation of a latte macchiato with vanilla syrup and caramel drizzle on top.
Although I love to sip more than one beverage at a time, I didn't want too many drinks crowding the table at Easter brunch, so I settled on a holiday tipple that did double duty as part morning joe, part festive cocktail. This quick and simple libation makes use of cachaça, a sugarcane liquor that's similar to rum and wildly popular in Brazil. When combined with chilled espresso and sweetened, condensed milk, it tastes like an espresso martini, only less lethal. A sprinkle of cinnamon adds layer of nutty flavor. Jive with a twist on java when you read more.
I am an unabashed fan of coffee and I split my love evenly between regular ol' joe and espresso drinks. But how do they stack up in terms of caffeine amounts? Or more explicitly, where am I going to get more bang for my buck?
Ounce for ounce, sip for sip, espresso contains more caffeine. Using the ubiquitous Starbucks as our model: one fluid ounce of espresso contains 75 milligrams of caffeine, where a fluid ounce of coffee only contains about 20 mg.
The confusion comes when you begin to compare lattes with coffee. A 16-ounce grande coffee provides 330 mg of
rocket fuel caffeine, where a grande latte, containing only two shots (each shot is a fluid ounce) of espresso, provides 150 mg of caffeine. Even though these coffee drinks come in the same sized cup, the caffeine amounts are substantially different. If you order a cup of coffee, instead of a latte, to save time or money, you might end up a little speedier than usual.
Whether it's the biggest food holiday of the year or just another regular day, one thing is consistent: I wake up in the morning craving coffee! While I could easily brew up a batch at home, I prefer to pick up my espresso from the closest coffee shop — be it a small boutique cafeteria or large-in-charge Starbucks. The coffee common denominator? My order. I get the same thing every day: a double short cappuccino. I have a feeling I'm not the only one out there who starts her morning (or afternoon) with a routine cup of joe, so I want to know: What is your signature coffee drink?
- Adding espresso to chocolate will enrich its flavor.
- Adding espresso to chocolate will enrich its flavor. — Epicurious
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A ghoulishly good dinner requires an equally devilish dessert. Your guests will be stunned when they see this graveyard cake. Complete with bleeding chocolate glaze and espresso shortbread headstones, it's practically a masterpiece!
There are quite a few steps involved, so get started a couple of days before the dinner. To simplify the procedure, consider substituting store-bought cookies for the headstones. For the recipe, read more