We all have our own preferences when it comes to coffee. It can take us a bit of time and experimenting to figure out how to make the perfect coffee to make our taste buds happy. But if you’d rather skip the experimenting stage, keep on reading - I am going to tell you about the different ways to make coffee and give you a recommendation on which intensity suits each type of coffee.
For those who aren’t familiar, these are the main ways of having a coffee. You can click on each one to take you directly to it:
The O.G. It puts hair on your chest and wakes you up in the morning or the afternoon. If you’re a serious fanatic and love the true taste of coffee without the milk or water, than the Espresso is your go to.
1. Prepare your coffee pod of choice (1 x short shot - 40ml) into an espresso glass/cup
Optional: Add a second pod for a Double Espresso and get a real caffeine hit – if you dare!
• 1 x Urban Brew #6 or #8
For those who like the caffeine boost of a double Espresso but find the taste too strong, the Long Black is for you. You can add as much or as little water to get the right taste for you.
1. Fill your mug to 2/3 with boiling or hot water (around 180ml)
2. Brew two pods of your choice (2 x short shot - 80ml total) into the mug. You should have a nice golden crema on top
Optional: Add cold water or milk to taste
• 2 x Urban Brew #6 or #8
• Approx. 180 ml of water
This Aussie or New Zealand invention (depending on who you speak to) is a staple in all Australian Cafés. For a true flat white, you need to know how to get 'micro foam'. This is done by texturing the milk and swirling it with the steaming wand. If you are using a frother machine, it's best to use the non-whisk insert. Due to the delicate nature of 'micro foam', you shouldn't overheat the milk.
1. Prepare your coffee pod of choice (1 x short shot - 40ml) in a coffee cup
2. Use the machines steam nozzle or the frother to froth 120-150ml of milk. Be sure to texture the milk and don’t overheat it
3. Swirl the milk to prevent it from separating and pour into your cup
4. The milk should make the coffee sweet enough, but those with a sweet tooth may want to add some sugar
• 1 x Urban Brew #8, #10, #12 or #14
• Approx. 150ml of milk
The infamous cappuccino is possibly the most renowned type of coffee in the world. Become the crème de la crème when you indulge in this heavyweight, milk-based coffee.
1. Prepare your coffee pod of choice (1 x short shot - 40ml) into a cappuccino glass or mug
2. Froth the milk using the steam nozzle of your machine or a milk frother with a whisk insert
3. Swirl the frothed milk to blend the milk and froth together and pour into your cup. You’re aiming to get one third of your cup as espresso, one third is milk and one third froth/foam (usually 1-2cm of froth/foam)
4. Add sugar to taste
Optional - sprinkle a touch of cocoa/chocolate powder on top
• 1 x Urban Brew #6, #8, #10, #12 or #14
• 70ml of milk
• Cocoa/chocolate powder
Bring the café to you with the classic Latte, requiring nothing but hot milk and the finest quality espresso. Beware, it’s a much fuller and milkier blend than a Cappuccino. Enjoy hot or cold with a hint of froth on the top for good measure.
1. Prepare your coffee pod of choice (1 x short shot - 40ml) into a latte glass
2. Use the Nespresso machine steam nozzle or the Aeroccino milk frother to froth 200ml of milk
3. Add the milk to the latte glass, aiming for around 1cm of froth/foam 4. Add sugar to taste
Optional – to make a Piccolo Latte use 100 ml of milk
• 1 x Urban Brew #8, #10, #12 or #14
• approx. 200ml of milk
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