Coffee … my addiction

I am trying to eat and drink healthy, but…… I just cannot get over my daily coffee fix.

After 1 day of no coffee I was getting caffeine withdrawal headaches.

I love my cappuchinos …

I grew up in a household where my Dad only drank tea, very strong with a dash of milk.  Both my grandmothers only drank tea.  My Mom on the other hand only  drank coffee and strong coffee at that.  Granted the coffee she drank was made with a lot of chicory and less of the coffee bean, but she did have 7 teaspoons of it in a cup!  My brother and I both prefer coffee to tea.  I drink tea, but not often as I really don’t enjoy it.

I drink coffee………… First thing in the morning …Mid morning chaos…..Afternoon slump…..

Stressed … After Dinner …  to name a few good reasons, – well I think they are.

This got me thinking just how we are surrounded and addicted to our coffee fix.  Every restaurant we go to has a selection of coffees on the menu

Caffè American : 
You can make this type of coffee quite simply by adding hot water to a shot of espresso coffee. It has been said that American soldiers during the Second World War would make this type of coffee to make their beverages last longer. It was then (apparently) adopted by American baristas after the war.

Café Latte (or Café au lait) : A fairly popular option for coffee drinkers, a latte consists steamed (or scolded) milk and a single shot of coffee. It is usually quite frothy, and you’ll occasionally encounter cafes that don’t understand the difference between this and a flat white.

Cappuccino  :  Possibly the most popular type of coffee in the world, a cappuccino consists of three layers (kind of like a cake). The first is a shot of espresso, then a shot of steamed milk, and finally the barista adds a layer of frothed, foamy milk. This final layer can also be topped with chocolate shavings or powder. Traditionally, Italians would consume this type of coffee at breakfast.

Espresso  : To make an espresso, shoot boiling water under high pressure through finely ground up coffee beans and then pour into a tiny mug. Sounds simple right? Well, it’s surprisingly difficult to master. Espressos are the purest coffee experience you can get, and while they’re not for everyone, it can be a truly singular drinking experience when you find a good brew.

Flat White  :  The most Aussie coffees available are the long black and the flat white – as both originated in Australia and New Zealand. For a flat white, the steamed milk from the bottom of the jug (which is usually not so frothy, but rather creamy) is poured over a shot of espresso. It is now popular among mums and dads at school fetes who are desperately trying to stay awake.

Long Black  :  Hot water is poured into a cup, and then two shots of espresso are poured into the water. If you do the inverse of this, it will result in an Americano. Long blacks can be quite strong, and have more crema (a creamy foam that tops espresso shots) than an Americano.

Irish Coffee  : If a stranger offers you an Irish coffee, beware – because too many of these and you’ll be dancing on your local coffee shop counter. This type of coffee is brewed with whiskey, sugar, and a thick layer of cream on the top – and isn’t readily available in Australia due to its alcohol content.  Be warned that trying to make this with scotch doesn’t work with instant coffee…trust us.

Macchiato (also known as a Piccolo Latte)  :  Although it has similarities to a cappuccino, a macchiato is different in that it is a shot of espresso which is then topped off with foamed milk dashed directly into the cup.

Vienna  :  A vienna is made by adding two shots of particularly strong espresso together before whipped cream is added as a substitute for milk and sugar. The Vienna is a melding of the strong flavours of straight espresso, with the smoothness of sugary cream.

Mochachino  :  A ‘mocha’ is just a latte with added chocolate powder or syrup, as well as sometimes being topped with whipped cream. If anything, this is a good entry level coffee – living in the worlds between the childlike hot chocolate and the adult café latte.

Affogato  :  Affogatos aren’t a coffee at all really, as they’re a shot of espresso poured over a desert (usually ice cream). That doesn’t make them any less delicious though.

Then you still have the Frappuchino and coffee milkshakes …..

We are surrounded by this glorious tasting bean.

On the subject of the coffee bean you have two main beans which are used the Arabica and the Robusta bean, and sometimes a combination of the two.  Read about it on the following site:

https://www.drippedcoffee.com/best-coffee-beans/

I drink alot of the Nescafe Cappuchino (sachets), and yes I know I should’nt drink so much coffee due to the caffenine.  I looked on the Nescafe web page to see what coffee bean they used and it is the Robusta coffee bean, which unfortunately for me is higher in caffenine which I have to avoid, ummm which I dont see happenining soon – guess I have to decide which I prefer coffee or IBS???? Coffee wins – I will just have to try and have 2-3 cups a day instead of 10-12!  This is the link to the Nescafe Page https://www.nescafe.co.uk/coffee-culture/robusta/

The best coffee beans in the world 2018 on this site: https://espressocoffeeguide.com/best-coffee-beans/

Ummm all this talk about coffee, and the thought of the aroma of fresh coffee makes me want to have a hot steaming cup of cappuchino …  Yip definately time for a coffee break.

I saw this photo on facebook and thought it was very appropriate for me and I realised I am not alone in my love for COFFEE J

Photo credit:  Unknown (Not my photo)

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