Espresso or cappuccino? This is a decision you have to make when ordering your morning coffee. Both are delicious and give you that “kick” needed at the start of the day, however both are served very differently.
While the same blend of roasts are used in both, the appearance is completely different. Keep reading as I explain the way espresso and cappuccino is served, and the delights of each.
Espresso is made by adding finely ground coffee into a portafilter, and forcing hot water through at high pressure. The result is a thick, concentrated coffee that’s slightly bitter. Espresso made in a machine produces a lovely thick, creamy foam known as crema. This is a reddish colour topping that tastes delicious, and indicates coffee that’s ground with care and experience.
You can either get single espresso shots or double, though most baristas serve double shots these days. In addition, there are many varieties of espresso, from Americano which uses more hot water, to Lungo which is less concentrated.
Cappuccino coffee is an indulgent, creamy drink. It’s based on espresso with added steamed milk and a frothy topping. The froth is made using a steam wand and can be either thick or thin depending on your preference. If you’re buying a cappuccino in a coffee shop, you’ll be presented with a menu with different flavours including mochaccino which contains chocolate, and others such as hazlenut, and cinnamon.
Espresso in cooking
Espresso makes a great ingredient in <a href=”https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/tiramisu_torte_with_47596
“>tiramisu torte, a wonderfully indulgent dessert. There are many other recipes you can follow, but tiramisu is an all-time favourite. Others include chocolate mocha cake and mocha chocolate cookies.
Though you can make espresso or cappuccino at home, it’s nice to visit your local coffee shop. Meet up with a friend or even work on your laptop. Many coffee shops now have free wi-fi which is easy to use.