The Popularity of Latte and Espresso Beverages
Latte and espresso beverages lend themselves well to comparisons partly because they are featured together so frequently, even though they certainly could not be regarded as opposites. People will often see latte and espresso beverages grouped together. Coffee experts and fans will tend to rate both of these beverages very well. Espresso and latte beverages are perceived as genuinely high-quality by almost everyone who really takes coffee seriously. However, that doesn’t mean that these two beverages are similar in other ways.
Espresso itself is basically just a form of very strongly flavored black coffee. It tends to have a very rich flavor compared to many of the other types of coffee that are available. People who drink espresso often want to taste the rich flavor, and they will typically just drink it without any sugar or milk added to it.
In some cases, people will add some token amounts of sugar and milk, but they still will not add enough to really take away from the flavor. When people get espresso beverages served to them, they will just get the coffee itself unless they request some milk or sugar. Anyone who gets an espresso typically likes coffee for its own sake.
Espresso is very strongly caffeinated unless people specifically get a decaffeinated version. In many cases, this will not be possible at coffeehouses. People tend to think of espresso as embodying the characteristics of coffee, but to a particularly powerful degree. They don’t want any of those characteristics blunted.
A cafe latte is usually made with espresso. Its other ingredients include steamed milk and milk foam. Espresso is the base, and people could say that it is one of the ingredients. In fact, people could say that the ultimate difference between a latte and espresso that’s served separately is that in one case, the espresso is served by itself and in the other case, the espresso has milk and milk foam added to it. Fans of espresso that’s served by itself will tend to view cafe lattes in that way.
In terms of the flavor, a cafe latte will be completely different from an espresso that is served on its own. Cafe lattes tend to have a very mild flavor. People will tend to taste the coffee slightly, but the sharp flavor of the espresso will be blunted by the milk. The milk foam will also have a way of completely changing the texture. People will tend to associate cafe lattes with the milk foam in spite of the fact that the foam will tend to dissipate very quickly.
A cafe latte will give people a lot of the benefits associated with espresso. They will certainly get all of the caffeine of espresso. They will still get some of the sharp flavor, in spite of the fact that the milk will tend to make it seem duller. However, some people find that espresso is just too bitter on its own rather than rich, and the milk of a cafe latte will give them the best of both worlds.
Coffee Fans and Coffee Beverages
There are different schools of thought about the appreciation of coffee. Most of the different coffee drinks out there will tend to use espresso coffee as a base, even if they are otherwise full of chocolate, milk, foam, and a lot of other ingredients.
There are some coffee fans who object to adding almost anything to espresso, even in the case of a cafe latte. They think that people should learn to appreciate coffee for its own sake, since coffee is often an acquired taste.
Other coffee fans believe that coffee can add something special to many different beverages, but that it does not necessarily have to be the sole ingredient of a beverage. They like the interactions between coffee and other ingredients.
Some coffee fans will argue that a cafe latte is more or less just milk. However, pure milk and cafe lattes still taste very different, and the espresso really does add something that is truly special. Ultimately, the people who like pure espresso and the people who like cafe lattes both like espresso, and the two beverages are not so different.
The unique nature of coffee is clear even at the planting stage. Coffee beans are more specifically known as seeds. Coffee beans that had not been processed would actually be capable of growing into coffee trees. In coffee production, there are shaded nurseries with large beds full of coffee seeds that require a great deal of attention.
All of these seedlings need a lot of water. They are also not strong enough to get a great deal of sunlight, which is why they need shade. Only a few hours of heavy direct sunlight could destroy the plant, since coffee tends to get grown in areas that get a lot of sun.
The planting process itself will usually occur during the wet season. Coffee is grown in countries that have separate rainy and dry seasons in many cases. Digging holes is easier during the wet season. The moist soil makes it a lot easier for the roots to spread.
Coffee trees take around four years to actually produce the fruit that’s necessary for the next phase. The trees themselves will last around twenty-five to thirty years. The resultant coffee cherries are harvested on an annual basis in areas where coffee is grown. Sometimes, this process involves a lot of mechanization. In other countries, the coffee cherries are actually picked manually.
The coffee cherries are literally removed from the branches in some fashion, at any rate. The coffee cherries go through a very selective picking process at this point, where the coffee cherries that are not ripe enough are ultimately excluded. People should be able to get between one and two pounds of roasted coffee as a finished product from a single coffee tree in a given year.
The coffee cherries are very vulnerable to spoilage at this point, and they need to be processed using some method. In some cases, the coffee cherries will be processed using old-fashioned drying methods. Drying them in the sun is popular in some areas. Other methods involve taking the pulp out of the coffee cherry and then drying the beans specially.
The wet method of processing the coffee beans might add some steps to the process, because they will still have to be dried. Wet processed coffee will need to have its parchment layer removed. The silver skin needs to be removed from the beans during the polishing stage of the process. The coffee beans are selected according to their appearance and size after the processing stage.
The roasting stage is next, but the coffee has to be prepared for it in other ways. They often have to be shipped to another location for this step. After milling, the beans are referred to as green coffee. Before the roasting stage, there are lots of different quality control processes that help to ensure that only the best coffee will actually be roasted. Some of these quality control processes will occur as the coffee beans are being processed themselves.
There are actually special rooms for special employees called cuppers to taste and evaluate the quality of the coffee at this stage. The coffee is evaluated for its scent, appearance, and many other factors that will help to determine its suitability for the roasting stage.
The coffee beans basically get cooked at the roasting stage. They will be cooked at different temperatures depending on many different factors. If a roast is mild, then the coffee beans were cooked less. The coffee beans that were cooked the most will often taste almost burnt, and this gives them a very strong flavor.
However, since the beans are always in motion during this process, they are never going to actually get burned at any point. Some of them will just be exposed to more heat than others. After the roasting process, the green coffee will actually start to look and smell the way it does in stores ultimately.
Some of the roasted coffee will be sold as is in the form of full coffee beans that people will have to grind themselves. In other cases, the roasted coffee will be ground up, and the grounds themselves will be sold. It’s the consumers who do the brewing process that transforms beans and grounds into a coffee beverage.