Coffee aficionados can rejoice because International Coffee Day (October 1) will soon be upon us! Finally, there’s an appropriate reason for you to celebrate your infatuation with a delicious, smooth brew without your friends and family giving you that judgmental side-eye. Okay, so they might still give you the side-eye, but just ignore them because this is your time to shine.
A good cup of coffee can be the difference between having a productive day and feeling sluggish or lethargic. Something about it is just very comforting and it makes people feel good. With that in mind, let’s explore some of the most popular and authentic types of Italian coffees you can find at your local espresso bar and Italian bakery in Woodbridge.
Espresso is one of the most versatile traditional Italian coffees because it can be enjoyed either as is or it can also serve as the base for other caffeinated beverages such as macchiato, cappuccino, and latte. The difference between espresso and regular brewed coffee is that the former has a much stronger flavour thanks the higher concentration of ground coffee beans. The process of making espresso involves finely grinding the espresso beans and then pushing small quantities of water through the freshly ground beans. This gives the resulting beverage a much thicker texture and more pungent flavour profile. Espresso is usually topped off with crema, a creamy foam, that enhances its taste. It pairs well with a variety of delectable coffee cakes or handmade cookies that you can find at a local Italian bakery in Woodbridge.
The Italian term “macchiato” literally translates to “marked” or “stained” in English, as in the coffee or milk has been marked. There are two different types of macchiato—caffé macchiato and latte macchiato. There’s a distinct difference between the two variations. The former involves adding a small amount of lightly foamed milk to espresso. The idea is to soften the taste of the espresso and make it more palatable for people who prefer a slight amount of sweetness in their coffee. Latte macchiatos, on the other hand, are centered more around the milk and use only half a cup of espresso. Rather than pouring the steamed milk on top of the espresso, the espresso is added as a complement to the steamed milk and there’s a lot more foam involved.
Cappuccino is another perfect espresso-based Italian coffee beverage that’s sure to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside on a cool fall day. It features a double espresso shot for those days when you need an extra pick-me-up, topped off with creamy foamed milk, and a sprinkle of any flavoured powder of your choice. Popular options are chocolate or cinnamon, but pumpkin spice powder is also an apropos choice for the fall.
In their traditional Italian forms, lattes are simply steamed milk mixed in with a shot of espresso. However, other cultures have adopted their own unique variations of the popular coffee drink as well. It all depends on how you prefer your coffee to be prepared and whether or not you like it to have a sweet or bitter taste.
If you’re in search of fine Italian coffee every morning, then start your day off the right way by stopping by Sweet Boutique on your way to work or school. We offer a variety of genuine Italian coffee beverages made fresh to order. Pair it with your favourite breakfast item such as croissants, danishes, or even one of our irresistible handmade cookies and you’ll be sure to develop a new obsession! Visit our bakery any time you’re craving something sweet or feel free to contact us.
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