Espresso noun; plural espressos. [e-spres-oh] 1. a strong coffee prepared by forcing live steam under pressure, or boiling water, through ground dark-roast coffee beans.
Coffee beans and grinds are the world's second most traded valuable commodity right behind petroleum. In the US, 64% of adult Americans swears by their first cup of coffee every morning that this is their "liquid gold". When someone hears that an individual drinks espresso, the thought of "sophistication" comes to mind.
At Vita Nova, we serve a wide variety of espresso and coffee based drinks. We have your classic single shot (2 oz.) or double shot (4 oz.) espresso drinks. Our lattes are served with espresso (2 oz. or 4 oz.) with steamed milk and a chocolate cigarillo. Our cappuccinos are served with espresso (2 oz. or 4 oz.) with steamed milk as well, but drier, meaning that there is more froth and less liquid. Our cappuccinos are accompanied by a chocolate pirouline biscuit. Of course, we have our house drip coffee as well with a side of your choice of milk, as well as a variety of sugar/ sweeteners.
Contrary to belief, much of the population don't know the differentiations in drinks when it comes to drink terminology!
-History of the Coffee Bean-
Coffee beans were originally thought to have been harvested and used by native Ethiopians. Urban stories say that a farmer named Kaldi discovered that his goat could not fall asleep due to ingesting a large amount of these coffee bean berries. Kaldi had taken these berries to the monastery where the monks created a drink with these berries, soon to be recognized as coffee. As word moved east about this phenomenon, coffee beans had traveled to the Arabian peninsula through trade.
By the 15th century, Coffee beans had reached the Yemeni district of Arabia, known as Persia, Egypt, Syria, and Turkey today. Coffee houses are existent today thanks to the social interactions coffee created within the Arabian culture. Performers such as dancers, musicians, and artists would display their talent and show the coffee enjoyers what they had to offer in search of spare coins. These coffee houses soon became hubs for local news and information that could be spread throughout communities rapidly.
-What's the Difference between Lattes and Cappuccinos?-
Latte: A latte is an American espresso based drink that consists of 2/3rds part milk, 1-2 ounces of espresso, and a layer of frothed milk on top. This can be served hot or iced, but it is uncommon in most countries because they simply do not make coffee drinks cold. If you wanted an iced latte, espresso would be added to cold milk and stirred. A hot latte would involve steaming milk to 150-160 degrees Fahrenheit. Different people like to add flavor enhancers to their drinks to customize it to their likings. These enhancers include syrups such as Monin Syrups as well as Ghirardelli Dark Mocha, Caramel, and White Mocha Syrups. If you were to add Ghirardelli Dark Mocha into your latte or cappuccino, it would be called either a 'Mocha Latte', or 'Mocha Cappuccino'.
Cappuccino: Contrary to belief, cappuccinos can only be served hot due to the temperature needed to be reached in order to create enough dry froth for the drink. An 'iced cappuccino' is essentially a latte since cappuccinos have more froth as opposed to steamed milk. Since you need the froth from the milk, you must steam the milk up to 150-160 degrees Fahrenheit to produce the froth. A cappuccino consists of 1 part espresso, 1 part steamed milk, and 1 part milk froth.
-What is a 'wet' latte versus a 'dry' latte?-
What makes a wet latte 'wet' is the amount of foam there is when steaming the milk. If a customer were to ask for a 'wet latte', the Barista would prepare his or her frothing pitcher with more milk as opposed to preparing a 'dry latte'. A dry latte is 'dry' due to there being less liquid milk in the drink as there is milk froth. The less milk you prepare the frothing pitcher with, the less heat it takes for the milk to start frothing. Once it hits 150-160 degrees Fahrenheit, there would be more froth.